Tour bike

Tacky Tour de France

Got back home from travels in Scotland and Northumberland only to find that there had been major developments in today’s Tour de France. In previous years the Tour has suffered from doping scandals but this year’s burning issue is… carpet tacks. On the punishing Mur de Péguère climb […]

Yeaving Bell

On the border

Finally, we  have managed to get away in the camper van and, despite the slightly gloomy weather, headed to Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Our first stop was Yeavering Bell, a round hill which was once the site of an important Iron Age settlement. Today, we were the […]

Bradley Wiggins

Tour de France: Travel tips

Tammy has become very excited about the Tour de France again this year – with the potential prospect of a British winner. Bradley Wiggins has been wearing the yellow jersey in the General Classification for four days now and today’s race saw him retaining the maillot jaune for […]

Umbrian wine

Wine Tasting in Umbria

As somebody who has long loved wine tasting a trip to Umbria was a real treat but I must admit that I wasn’t really sure what to expect. So, we all know about the super Tuscans but how often have you read about the so-called ‘super Umbrians’? A […]

Weather - summer in Newcastle

Weather hell for travellers

It’s a cliché that Brits are obsessed with the weather but right now there’s a good reason for the interminable moaning about our island’s awful climate. Everyone is heartily sick of the weather this summer – the floods, the unrelenting rain, the cold and the extreme storms. A […]


Umbria – Seven Wonders

Umbria is sometimes called ‘the new Tuscany’ on account of its stunning landscapes, historic towns and superb architectural gems. But for the traveller, the coolest thing about a visit to Umbria is its lack of pretension and its easy-going ambience. You’ll hear me mention ‘authenticity’ quite a bit […]

Rome: Top Travellers’ Tips

A few travel tips on Rome from Tammy’s recent trips… Don’t head for the obvious tourist traps. Avoid restaurants and bars where waiters try to entice you in vigorously. Save money by staying in an apartment rather than a hotel even if it means a short Metro ride […]

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