Route 66 – The First Few Days

Bridge at St Louis

To a soundtrack of The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and other stalwarts of the soft-rock world on ‘The Bridge’ at Sirius XM, we mosied on down Route 66, stopping off to take pics of 1920s petrol pumps and to drink coffee in diners which looked like they hadn't changed one iota since the late 60s.Other than a simple stop over in a little hotel outside

Beginning in Boston

Our American road-trip has been on the agenda for many months now, but we've finally started.  I don't know if it's an omen or not, but the very first step on the journey was our flight from London Heathrow to Boston with Virgin Atlantic.  All seemed to be going well until just before we were about to step onto the plane at the gate when

Agia Pelagia, Heraklion and more

View from Pela Mare over Agia Pelagia

Santorini had come to an end and it was time to say goodbye to the precipitous cliffs and azure waters and to board a ferry southwards to Heraklion and onwards to Agia Pelagia.  It’s only a two hour crossing on the fast ferry down to Crete and these Hellenic Seaways fast ferries are very comfortable, with airline type seating, a café bar, TV, good clean


Our three days in Berlin just flew past.  It really was an eye opener for me though.I'm a bit embarrassed by my sketchy knowledge of European history. Although, if anywhere is going to spark an interest in the events of the last century then Berlin is it. We visited the Checkpoint Charlie museum and wandered around some of the areas around Potsdamerplatz, strolled through the

New Horizons Through an Opening Door

aeroplane vortex

It’s been a funny few months, at the end of which I’m at a loose end.For almost two years now we’ve wanted to do something different, to broaden our horizons, to get out of that office we’ve worked in for the last eleven years. Don’t get me wrong; they’ve been a rewarding 11 years and I’ve learnt so much that I thought I knew -

Our City Break In Rome

Several years ago Mrs C expressed a wish to visit Rome. Years passed and various holidays became yet more bars on the global gate until a ‘special’ birthday gave us the opportunity to arrange a ‘special’ trip to see the city she had wished to see for so long.There appears to be a rather common myth that Rome isn’t the easiest of places to get to

Melvita Travel Set

Just had a lovely night away in one of my all-time favourite and really special hotels,  The Manor House in Castle Combe.Getting all the usual toiletries together was made a little easier this time as I had a new set of travel-sized toiletries from my daughters for Christmas.The Melvita Travel Set they bought me was the one for Delicate Skin. (Yup, I'm a delicate soul,