Dining in Dingle and other Delights

“Ireland is one of the best places in the world, if only you could put a roof over it”  laughs the cabbie as he drives us from the airport to our hotel in Cork City. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a wet summer this year, but don’t let the met office put [...]

By |2017-06-02T13:05:39+00:00September 1st, 2012|Art and Culture, Restaurant Reviews, Travel|0 Comments

The Madness of Marrakech

As I sit in a divinely comfortable easy chair, sipping Moroccan mint tea, listening to the chatter of bird life and absorb the late afternoon breeze and atmosphere of the majestic La Mamounia gardens, I can now quite understand why Churchill favoured this luxury hotel as a get-away retreat.  A haven of tranquility just moments [...]

A Passion for ‘Poissons’ and Other Things in Iceland

One of my favourite things about Iceland (apart from the deliciously tasty fish, which I will come to later on) is that in every sense you really are in the hands of mother nature.  Yes you can make plans for your break, as we diligently did: Monday, Northern Lights, Tuesday, Whale Watching, Wednesday, Golden Circle, [...]

By |2017-06-02T13:05:39+00:00March 26th, 2012|Health and Beauty, Restaurant Reviews, Travel|1 Comment

Leonardo Da Vinci – Painter at the Court of Milan

Leonardo Da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan, displays works from what have been proclaimed Leonardo's most productive years, stretching from 1482 to 1499.  Arriving in Milan at the age of thirty, Leonardo Da Vinci's talents didn't go unnoticed and he became the court painter to ruler Ludovico Sforza.  It’s no secret Da Vinci was [...]

By |2017-06-02T13:05:39+00:00March 6th, 2012|Art and Culture|0 Comments

Take a Tumble Down the Rabbit Hole for an Afternoon Tea with a Twist

If you are searching for an afternoon tea with a difference, look no further than The Mad Hatter's Tea at The Sanderson Hotel in Bloomsbury. Here, your inner child will be totally satiated with the extraordinary, exquisite array of delightful sweet treats, colourful sandwiches, cakes and potions to pot.  A complementary glass of bubbles will [...]

By |2017-06-02T13:05:39+00:00January 8th, 2012|Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Berlin Marathon 25th September 2011

I'm Running the Berlin Marathon for the Surrey Air Ambulance Charity in Memory of Joyce Wood It's the final countdown.  After many months of training and preparation, the Berlin Marathon is now only days away.  On the 25th September, 40,000 runners will gather on the start line of the 38th BMW Berlin Marathon and I [...]

By |2011-09-05T17:30:33+00:00September 5th, 2011|Berlin Marathon|0 Comments

Blogs from the Sea – The End of a Chapter

And so all good journeys must come to an end.    On 17th July 2010,  35,000 miles and a wealth of experiences later, the fleet returned to Hull, from where it all started ten months previously. The route had taken us from Hull to La Rochelle and on to Rio across the mid Atlantic Ocean. [...]

Blogs from the Sea – She Flies and then She Dies!

It has been a truly inspired first 24hours for Edinburgh, with our hard work throughout the night pulling us from 9th up to a magnificent 3rd place at the first scheds this morning.  Throughout the night we could still see all the other yachts surrounding us on the horizon and it felt fantastic to gradually [...]

Blogs from the Sea – The Final Countdown

We are going home!  It has been an epic odyssey around the world and now as we set sail on the final ocean crossing home and our third across the Atlantic, it feels good to be homeward bound. Cape Breton Island gave us a fabulous farewell with brunch at the yacht club and an escorted [...]

Blogs from the Sea – And on the 20th day…

Tuesday 20th April.  Race day has arrived.  Nine days behind schedule, the fleet is finally reunited and once again ready to embark on Leg 6 of the mighty Clipper Odyssey. San Francisco was a fantastic stop over and I don’t think any of us were too bemused to have to spend an extra ten days [...]