Rock pools in the mountains of Corsica

Steeply winding roads slow travel to embrace traditional villages and spectacular views. Climbing higher with steadfast patience to incredible beauty in the folds of this surprising mountain range. A stunning series of deep rock pools carved in polished white stone greet me. The water looks so refreshing that I join many others just to perch […]

Tapas in Frigiliana

A couple of miles beyond Frigiliana humbly sits a traditional Spanish restaurant. No adornments required, as the food is divine and even the night view sensational. All the way to the sea, twinkling lights locating sporadic towns nestled in valleys. Dark ragged edges of mountain earth just visible at twilight, far below a sparkle discerning […]

Hope Cove – Devon

Thatched painted fisherman cottages clustered together at the waters edge, nestled down between steep cliffs of sheep-speckled meadows. This part of the coast points towards the setting sun, a heartfelt pastime to quietly watch the fire of the sun cool into the fading blue of the sea at the end of long summer days. Sounds […]

Chartres Cathedral – France

Hours of driving have made me tense with concentration. Unfamiliar roads and tolls flowing through wide expanses of earth and sky, nothing to mark progress except the passing of time. It’s a pleasant March day but clouds dark with coming rain are gathering up the blue skies behind me. Suddenly I encounter change, a mosaic […]

Bantham Beach in Spring

The air is fresh, the wind swirling fluffy clouds around the sky. Relaxation fills me as all I can hear are subtle classical notes coming from a quirky refreshment van, the bleating of sheep dotted around the meadows flowing seamlessly into the golden sands of the beach and the rhythmical sound of waves hitting the […]

Lake Magiori – Italy

Lightning on a balmy night offers outline glimpses of the mountains holding this beautiful Italian lake. Dramatic snapshot illuminations of this nocturnal landscape from my rooftop vantage. The scent of tropical flowers permeates the air, even at this height. These floral notes are blended with other delicious aromas of Italian cooking and subtle exotic perfumes, […]

Corsica beaches in June

I encounter dazzling white powder sand, the beach reaching its tentacles into fresh pine woods hiding these magical coves from roads and tracks skirting this luscious island. The aroma is invigorating and Christmas nostalgia pulls excitement from me. Aquamarine seas with gentle forces creating buoyant waters and shallow shelves can be glimpsed from the woods. […]

Lake Viñuela – Andalusia

A unique oasis of blue topaz water, tones changing to reflect every nuance of the sky. Sparse whitewashed buildings hug the hilly borders, distant splashes of shocking pink bougainvillea catching the eye. Water that quenches the thirst of locals and the imagination of artists. Colours so changeable and delightful it is enough and more just […]

An authentic restaurant

In the most beautiful vineyards close to Bergerac is something rather special. Pushing open a door to an unassuming bistro, I pause stunned by all that meets my senses. This is atmosphere, a perfect environment that hits all the right notes. Candles flickering in alcoves, delicate chandeliers high above my head, enchanting music, the gentle […]

Exploring Domme

I’m wandering about in Domme, taking time to soak in magnificent panoramic views and watch the Dordogne river carving through the countryside. Yesterday I was in the valley looking up at all the beautiful sandstone cliffs with proudly placed chateaux looming down at me. Today from Domme they look tiny beneath me, the green of […]