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…

All aboard – behind the scenes on the Emerald Princess

A few weeks ago, before my Indonesian trip (more on that soon), I was invited on a tour of a cruise ship by Princess Cruises. This was quite exciting as a) it’s the only blog-related thing I’ve ever been invited to and b) I love boats and the sea generally (this site is named Saltwater…

My favourite places to eat in Brighton

Love to eat? Headed to Brighton for a daytrip or long weekend? Today I’m taking you on a little tour of my favourite Brighton restaurants. I love to eat out but I’d never spend £25 on a main course, so I haven’t tried places like The Salt Room or 64 Degrees (which have rave reviews)….

Stevie in the sunshine: a perfect summer weekend in London

Last night was something I’d been looking forward to for months – Stevie Wonder performing his classic ‘Songs In The Key of Life’ album live in Hyde Park. And Stevie did not disappoint playing for over 3 1/2 hours with a fantastic medley of his hits and other album tracks. It was great to hear…

Enchanted Park Lewes brings something different to town

If you’re looking for something different to do this festive season and you live within travelling distance of East Sussex, Enchanted Park Lewes might just be something for you. It caught my eye by chance as I was scrolling through Twitter one morning this week, partly because it’s taking place at Southover Grange in Lewes,…

The Kelpies – a must see in Falkirk

Do you ever visit somewhere, search for more details online after your visit and then find out that your views are all wrong? It happened to me with the Kelpies, a striking pair of sculptures towering over the canal and motorway in Falkirk. The Kelpies were designed by renowned Scottish sculptor, Andy Scott, inspired by…

Five gorgeous Scottish drives

Scotland is home to some stunning scenic drives – many of which can also be accessed partly by public transport. Although I don’t drive, I’m lucky enough to usually visit with family members who do. Here are some of my favourite drives on the west coast of Scotland. Glen Fruin across to Garelochead Photo credit-…

The day Le Tour came to town

“Unforgettable moments? There are many. But the one that stands out is the day Le Tour came to my little village, St Martin de Landelles-Plouay . As a young boy I dreamed of seeing the Tour for real on my streets, and on that day that dream became reality.”* Daniel Mangeas, the voice of Le…

Sea lochs and sunsets: a Scottish photoblog

I’ve visited the west coast of Scotland many times in the past ten years, and I never tire of the dramatic scenery. Loch Lomond is a great area to stay, but there are also many lovely villages along the sea lochs. Thanks to the Gulf stream there are hundreds of rhodedendrons blooming in May. The…

It’s festival time in Brighton!

Colour, excitement and new discoveries – May in Brighton always delivers. I think I enjoy it even more now I’m an active part of the opening festival event, the joyful explosion of colour and sound that is the Childrens’ Parade. This year I’m planning to see Toumani Diabete and his spellbinding skills on the kora…

A quirky place to stay in Brighton

I can count on one hand the number of really memorable places I’ve stayed in. The pousada in Itacare, the place with great caipirinhas in Buenos Aires, a faded old colonial place in Asuncion. In a sea of cheap B and Bs and dull chain hotels, it’s a brave choice to fill your hotel walls…

Brighton, Traverse and a dip into the archives

This is something I originally wrote back in 2004. I’m reposting it here so it doesn’t disappear into the ether next time the servers crash. It’s maybe not the style I’d write in today (in fact the temptation to edit some of the more flowery parts is very strong), but the sentiments remain the same,…