Travel inspiration: An Evening with Levison Wood

Did you know that there’s a ‘wanderlust’ gene (DRD4-7R), commonly found in explorers, risk takers and people who love to travel, but only 20% of us have it? Levison Wood is definitely a man whose genetic makeup may go some way to explaining that insatiable desire to get up, head out and get as far away from everyday life as…

A night on a Dutch navy ship

It’s not often I spend a Friday night surrounded by tall Dutch sailors, but who am I to turn down a golden opportunity to spend some time on a visiting Dutch naval ship? (Don’t worry, my Dutch husband was the reason for the invite, so I kind of had to take him along which limited the possibilities of running off…

Cologne Christmas markets – the essential guide

When it comes to Christmas markets, Germany is one of the best (if not the best) places in the world to sample the delights of gluhwein, warming winter food and wooden chalets packed full of gift ideas, from wooden toys to glass baubles. Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Christmas markets in Cologne with friends and soak up…