Farewell Romania – Hello England!

Leaving beautiful Romania… but going to equally beautiful England…  I wasn’t expecting to visit Great Britain again for some time, but restrictions changing made this the best next destination for me… By the way, I have ceased calling the area “the United Kingdom”, as they haven’t felt all that ‘united’… Read more

Farewell to the UK

All packed and ready for another adventure, this time to the Riviera del Brenta in Italy. My flight departed from Edinburgh, so I decided to stay a couple of days in Dalmahoy, a lovely 18th century mansion – also where James VI of Scotland (who became James I of England)… Read more

Private jet from Milan to Glasgow

Arrived at the private airport in Milan… greeted by a person who already knew my name, and porters already unpacking the vehicle as I am welcomed into the building… My pilot came to introduce himself… …and then we were whisked off to the jet, that was already loaded, ready to… Read more

England to the Isle of Man

Since I was stuck, I figured I may as well treat myself to a lovely dinner at the hotel into which I had booked for the night… Oh, and this is my beloved Prince (hard-top convertible) waiting patiently for me… The next morning, I arose to go to get the… Read more

Heavenly private flight from Ireland to England

For several reasons, I decided to treat myself to a private flight from Ireland to England – and I could not have been more delighted with my choice… Arriving at the private lounge… …am then taken to my very own conference room to await my flight… The captain came in… Read more

Budapest to Vienna via Bratislava, Slovakia

Although I forgot to program fine weather into the holodeck for this trip, I had a marvellous time travelling by road from Budapest to Vienna, with a stop-off in Bratislava in Slovakia. While there are no border crossings for passport checking and the like, one does need to have a… Read more

Swiss Alps Rail Journey – Zurich to Budapest (Part 2 of 2)

Some people will do anything to get out of work, including burying their tractor in snow…     Another soul out for a solitary walk…….. This one is walking his horse from somewhere through nowhere to I guess somewhere… Aliens have arrived – this is their craft…     Arriving… Read more

Farewell England – Hello Switzerland

It has been quite the ordeal getting to this point, but I have finally left England yet again.  🙁 After being quite ill for almost four weeks, then packing up the house and putting everything into storage, I finally left beautiful Torquay on a magical sunny day… …drove five hours… Read more

Never again!

That’s what I say every time I fly these days…  “Never again!” …and then the time comes to get from A to B and I think, “it must be better this time…” OK, let me backtrack on this particular journey… While my apartment in Sligo on the Irish west coast… Read more

First Class Overnight Train from Vienna to Roma

Ostia, here I come! My wonderful limousine company picked me up from the lovely hotel in which I stayed while in Vienna and deposited me at Wien Hauptbahnhof, more commonly known as Wien HBF – the main train station in Vienna. …and btw, those of us old enough to know what… Read more


Airports – Delightful and Horrid!

Airports – viva la difference – or NOT! As you may know, I usually avoid mainstream commercial flying unless I can help it – preferring trains and boats to the hustle-bustle of long lines, security checks and more… Well, on this trip from England to Vienna, I decided to take… Read more

steam train travel Devon

Steam Train Travel Through Devon

Glorious Steam Train Travel! Being a lover of the Victorian era, it is not surprising that I adore steam trains… Yesterday, I went via regular train from Torquay to the next stop being Paignton where I boarded the Dartmouth Railroad’s “Braveheart” steam train, bound for Kingswear, then across by ferry… Read more


Vienna to Italy via First Class Rail

Roma, here I come! Well, note quite yet, but my First Class rail tickets just arrived by courier today and I must admit I am very excited. This will be the first overnight rail journey I have ever taken in Europe and I will be travelling from Vienna, Austria to… Read more

Devon Road Trip

What a FABULOUS day!!! Road trip from Torquay through Paignton, Chirston, Kingsweir, Dartmouth, Slaptop, Stokeham, Chillington, Charleton, Frogmore and Salcombe. Read more


What is a Staycation?

Staycations – What are they and why are they sometimes better than a vacation? A staycation is essentially a short period of time – even if it’s simply a weekend – where you either stay home, or you book into a hotel somewhere near where you live. Many families prefer a staycation… Read more