‘Dinner at 7?’ asks my colleague. Beneath us, the Superfast Ferry eases into the Ionian Sea from its Mediterranean berth. ‘Greek time or Italian?’ I query. ‘Or are you being insufferably obdurate, and remaining on UK time?’ I wonder if it is only British people who choose not to adjust their watches when travelling. London … Read moreTime (Zone) Travel: All Thanks to Longitude
At Sixty degrees North, they are literally the UK’s “Top” islands. The Shetland Islands aren’t just ponies and Fair Isle sweaters. Shetland is a magical, ice-carved archipelago thriving in the North Atlantic, with a unique history and culture. And with its northerly latitude, Shetland can enjoy up to nineteen hours of sunshine in midsummer. The … Read more5 Reasons To Add the Shetland Islands to Your Europe Itinerary
“Crazy” Sandra, the avid heavy metal fan, turned up again last night – this time with her partner, Uwe, in tow. We’re off to a steak restaurant – Namibian, as you may have guessed, likes a steak or three – and a “spaznav” device is produced to find it. I ought to just mention here … Read moreAC/DC – Crazy Sandra Returns..
Speed cameras in Germany are lethal. I suppose they are called “safety cameras” nowadays, which, frankly, is a misnomer. Ostensibly to save lives, the orange flash frightened the living daylights out of me; there was a violent swerve and spilt tea. Could I sue the German government? After all, emasculation from scalding tea is not … Read moreSpeed cameras are dangerous..
How difficult can it be to locate a water nymph in a fountain? Between myriad copper and green beech trees – 2000 to be specific, all maddeningly grown to thwart human progress – it is proving trickier than I’d thought. Welcome to Scone Palace’s unique tartan maze. Escaping from 800 meters (2600 feet) of hedged, … Read moreScotland’s Scone Palace: A Wealth of Regal History
Nobody spoke. At 80 degrees North, the 25-year-old hull creaked in the ice. Camera shutters whirred while expedition staff and passengers stared spellbound. A gargantuan male polar bear stood, flat-footed, only a few feet beneath us on the Norwegian pack ice. Had I leaned just a little further over the ship’s rail, we could have … Read moreOn Safari . . . In The North Atlantic?