The Holocaust continues to cast a long shadow over Europe’s history after 80 years. Over six million Jews died in some of the most brutal and sustained atrocities ever inflicted on a civilian population. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an opportunity to recall why it’s crucial to revisit […]
Remembrance Weekend is the time when we commemorate those who served and died during modern wars and conflicts. It’s an important way of honouring the men and women who fought for our freedom, democracy and liberty. This year, I’m focusing on the stories of seven of my family […]
My fascination with vintage started when my family bought a beautiful 1937 vintage Morris car for trips to the seaside. The car is a Morris 8 Tourer in striking cherry red with a hood which peels back for ‘open top’ drives. At first, the trips just involved short […]
Sometimes you stumble upon something bizarre, beautiful and baffling on your travels, close to your own home. On a recent walk through Northumberland Park in North Shields, I was surprised to discover a historic pet cemetery tucked away in a quiet corner of the Victorian park. Struck by […]
Discover 10 reasons why Beamish open air museum is one of the best tourist day trips in Britain.
Crete is the sunshine island, blessed with beautiful scenery, golden beaches and ‘picture perfect’ holiday resorts. Over the centuries Crete has survived the destructive force of earthquakes, ancient conflicts, and invasions. But the story of a dark period in the island’s modern history is less well known. Crete’s […]
Discover the locations featured in the classic British movie “Brief Encounter” filmed at Carnforth in Lancashire.
I want to take you to a place which has a secret history. A house with a hidden bunker… a safe refuge from the tumultuous world beyond its doors. A place where people were hidden in an underground room for their own protection. Sometimes its inhabitants spent months […]
Daugavpils is Latvia’s second city and is world famous as the birthplace of American painter Mark Rothko. It also boasts a stunning star shaped fortress and a dark Jewish history.
Belarus lies at the heart of Europe so it’s surprising that few tourists venture across its borders or know much about this former Soviet country. This week Belarus was propelled into the global spotlight following a controversial election which many felt was rigged, sparking mass protests. President Alexander […]