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Aberystwyth: An Unexpected Pleasure.

Nov 18, 2018 by


Off to Aberystwyth to visit a relative, not seen for some time. Not fans of seaside towns, if we expected anything at all, we expected it to be dull, miserable, grey and wet. Instead it’s charming, uplifting, pretty, a lovely place to live. How wonderful when you find that your expectations were too low.

The Courtauld and Tate Modern Galleries London

Oct 14, 2018 by


Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. Dr. Johnson


Oct 6, 2018 by


  The best part of writing a book is the research. It takes you on a journey of discovery to places you would never have heard of and therefore would never have seen. A good case in point is Romorantin in France. Researching for Leonardo da Vinci: The Amboise Connection I found out that once […]


Aug 18, 2018 by


Every Château in the Loire Valley has its own unique attraction – or – in the case of Langeais – attractions. Visitors go, in the main, to see where a secret marriage took place between Charles, the twenty-one year old King of France and Anne, the fourteen year old Duchess of Brittany. Like so many […]

French Gems at The British Museum

Feb 1, 2017 by


Fans of all things French (well, maybe not all) we trotted off to the British Museum to see the Exhibition French Portrait Drawings from Clouet to Courbet. The publicity promised it would be full of gems from the Museum’s collection and did not disappoint (France must be gnashing its teeth). Added Bonus: Because the Museum owns copyright we were allowed to take photographs. A rare treat.

There Are Places We’ll Remember All Our Lives: Amboise

Dec 22, 2013 by


So goodbye Le Mans, we’ll be back, but for now it’s on to home-from-home Tours to stay in home-from-home Gite Champoiseau in Rue Champoiseau for our visit to nearby Amboise. Leonardo da Vinci, who lived in Amboise for the last three years of his life, was invited there by his biggest fan, King Francis I […]

There Are Places We’ll Remember All Our Lives: Le Mans

Dec 15, 2013 by


Google ‘Le Mans’ and pages of THE RACE come up but we didn’t go to look at cars whizzing round the block, we were there to see the magnificent Cathedral. Known as Le Cité Plantagenet, Le Mans is where Henry II was born and hoped to die. But for his ghastly son, he would have. […]

The Heights of Abraham: General Wolfe Remembered

Dec 8, 2013 by


No need to go to the Swiss Alps to ride a Cable Car, there’s one at the very strangely named Heights of Abraham in Derbyshire. Great place. The countryside is lovely too, lifts the spirits. Once upon a time the only people who saw this well worth a visit tourist attraction were those fit enough […]

A Visit to South Folk and North Folk (Suffolk and Norfolk)

Nov 25, 2013 by


Ipswich is grand, absolutely grand. Just don’t go on a Tuesday. It’s closed. The Tourist Board (which was open) said it was a pity we were not there when the Museum was open as it’s well worth a peek as is Christchurch Mansion which has a fine collection of paintings by Suffolk painters Constable and […]

Leeds Castle. A Very Special B&B

Nov 20, 2013 by


      Built on a lake, Leeds Castle is, as you might expect, photogenic. It is not, as you might expect, in Leeds, Yorkshire. It’s in Leeds, Kent.       From a distance, the Castle looks as if it’s floating. Not that you need to see it from a distance, you can get […]