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I’m sure at some stage in your life someone has hurled at you the trick question “name a famous Belgian?” If like me reflex produces the answer Hercule Poirot you’ll know the frustration you feel only to be told he is a fictional character created by Agatha Christie, so no points to you……   It was with thoughts of the newlywed detective setting off on his luxurious cruise dow ...

When my cousin Keith said he would take us to DUMBO for an evening drink colourful Disney style images flashed into the minds of Lisa and I. We were on our 6th visit to New York and despite thinking we’d just about seen it all, the thought of a new elephant themed attraction was an exciting prospect. In fact DUMBO is an affectionate acronym for an area of Brooklyn and the loca ...

Avenida 9 de Julio, widest avenue in the world

This two-part journey to Argentina begins in Buenos Aires. Until eclipsed in fame in recent decades by Rio, the city was the Queen of South America and it remains a fascinating urban experience. The main tourist areas are The Boca, San Telmo, and the Avenida Florida but, as a result, all three have become expensive and lost much of their original charm. However, just across the ...

Harmony of the Sea's

I am sure that most of you will have witnessed some of the publicity surrounding the much heralded arrival of the “Harmony of the Seas” as it sailed into Southampton recently and officially became the world’s largest cruise ship.   I was one of the lucky passengers who had booked (and paid) to travel on the maiden voyage of this impressive new addition to the Royal Caribbean ...

Havana June 2016

My recent visit to Havana fulfilled another of my “bucket list” must do trips before I hang up my travelling shoes. In truth I knew very little about Cuba, but somewhere at the back of my mind I was sure the week ahead was going to be a bit of an eye-opener. Before I launch into any detail I think it’s worth mentioning that there are three distinct sides to this vast island an ...

This month I have a few important travel updates to give you, with reference to certain destinations, which you may not be aware of:   FOR THE USA From the 1st April 2016 ALL passengers MUST have the red and gold symbol for biometrics (as shown above) on their passport to visit the USA.   This symbol for biometrics is usually printed on the cover of passports.  Also known ...

Sivota Bay

I think it’s fair to say what made a Greek holiday of the 70’s and 80’s special wasn’t the quality of the offering, but the charm of the people and the warm welcome they provided.  In these times of all-inclusive 5-star, 5-restaurant, 5-everything hotels my hopes of recapturing those rose-tinted memories seemed remote.   Let me take you to Lefkada, an Island where you really d ...

I’ve always considered myself pretty well-travelled, but I think it would be fair to say I’m not a great adventurer. I really wanted to do something a bit different and with some trepidation and much excitement Lisa and I, joined by our close friends Ian and Michelle set off to cruise the Mekong River. Ok, we weren’t exactly jumping into our canoes, but even so the thought of ...

The holiday late booking season is well under way and it’s been a busy start. There is no question however that our clients are being much more specific about the destinations that they do not want to travel to, which is hardly surprising after a number of recent “events” worldwide that have had an inevitable impact on visitor numbers.   We are also finding an increasing numb ...

“School Holiday Fines Scrapped”. Will the recent High Court ruling that a father had the right to take his child out of school lead to a change in the law? It seems inevitable that our government will attempt to close the loophole and make it impossible for parents to holiday with their children during term time. As the mother of two boys at primary school I know only too well ...