TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Amsterdam – Unfinished Business

Travel Undaunted?  Well, the last time I did it was this time last year – (February 2020).  One year ago today, I was in Amsterdam, smooching with my holiday love, Ted, in Dam Square.

As the others took in Body Worlds and the Van Gough Museum, I sauntered through the streets of Amsterdam at my own pace, taking in its sights and sounds.  Dam Square, home to the Royal Palace, where I fell in love with Ted.  We both have the same hair, which I think is rather sweet, but I am philosophical. Holiday romances never last.

2015 THROWBACK – GOW WAXING LYRICAL – My Place in the Sun

This GOW Waxing Lyrical throwback from 2015 about my place in the sun, The Algarve, has really hit home.  It now 19 months since I visited the place I love and, as from 2020, had planned to spend more time. Once given the green light, I will be on the first flight.  

Soothing Your Itchy Feet During the Lockdown Days – You Can’t Be Serious?

Keeping my itchy feet happy during these eternal Lockdown Days is an ongoing problem. I’ve tried binge watching twenty years worth of travel videos, with my feet propped up on a stool, so they can relive those heady sun soaked, beach filled days, but they are not happy.  In fact, one of them is particularly grumpy this morning, and is refusing to get out of bed.

Feeling the love for Lemon Sherbet popcorn

I never thought I would feel the love for lemon sherbet popcorn, but stranger things have happened when you are stranded at an airport.

Tales from the African Bush

Whilst on safari, I lost weight fairly quickly and it wasn’t just to do with the heat. After enjoying a sundowner watching impala gambol happily in the bush, we would return to camp to find them on the dinner menu, which was just too hard to swallow. The only time I have ever been offered a gin and tonic for breakfast at 5.00a.m. was on safari and it was the only time I have ever refused one, sensibly realising I was getting enough quinine in my anti-malarial tablets.

TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Undercover – Amsterdam Day One

As Katie Melua told us, there are 9 million bicycles in Beijing, so I’m surprised to learn there are only 881,000 in Amsterdam. They are everywhere. 58% of the population cycle to work on upright bikes, and there’s not a scrap of lycra to be seen.  The Dutch have mastered the art of sedate cycling while holding an umbrella above their heads, a necessity during the monsoon-like rainstorms the city often gets.

TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Amsterdam – Getting There

Once you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, there is no antidote.  Wanderlust will course through your veins for the rest of your life. Travel, for me, has always been an addiction.  I can never get enough of it, despite having been forced to slow down a bit recently. An irritating combination of having aContinue reading “TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Amsterdam – Getting There”

TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: The Kintyre Experience

After overnighting in Glasgow and putting the FlyMAYbe disappointment behind me, we took the high road to Kintyre by car at 08.00hrs. Half an hour out of Glasgow, flashes of the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, start appearing from behind the trees and from there you are transported into another world as the road weaves its way through idyllic un-spoilt countryside.

TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Fly, Maybe …

I am realistic when it comes to travelling.  No trip goes without a hitch.  Trains, boats and planes rarely run to schedule, they are susceptible to the weather, and they go techie at the slightest provocation.  Getting on and off the rock I have chosen to make my home, is often fraught with problems. Fog isContinue reading “TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Fly, Maybe …”

TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Flying High – Liverpool Day 3

On our final day in Liverpool, we crammed it all in. The Liverpool Museum, a ferry across the Mersey, duck and Cantonese noodles and prawn toast for a very late lunch, followed by my long-awaited mind-blowing experience.

TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Music, Multiculturalism, and More – Liverpool Day Two

Music, multiculturalism, and so much more, that’s what I love about Liverpool!

TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Falling in Love – Liverpool Day One

I have been back at home for four days after a whirlwind weekend in Liverpool.  Since returning home I have been walking around in a psychedelic haze. Nothing to do with mind-altering drugs but the buzz I left Liverpool with, which is slow to wear off. Knocking things off your Bucket List is a pleasurable experience and,Continue reading “TRAVEL UNDAUNTED: Falling in Love – Liverpool Day One”

GOW on the Move – Sallying Forth: Day 1

I’ve done a fair amount of travelling in my time, although a fair amount is never enough when it comes to travel. I’ve experienced long and short-haul delays. I’ve been grounded when aircraft have gone techie. I’ve been subjected to impossible fellow travellers and have taken it all in my stride. It’s just part andContinue reading “GOW on the Move – Sallying Forth: Day 1”

Home is Where the Heart is

I’m biased when it comes to The Algarve.  It is my personal, European haven, the place I would like to spend more time.  It’s not just a passing phase, I’ve been in love with the place for twenty-six years… and who can blame me?  I have waxed lyrical about it since I was blown away on my first visit.

The Canterbury Blog – September 2018

The city has a feel-good factor about it.  It is a place where buzzy cosmopolitan ambiance blends perfectly with its historic richness, with the River Stour meandering its way under the High Street on it’s way to the North Sea at Pegwell Bay.

Life, from a Different Perspective

12 days, three different parts of the UK and I absorbed the sensory delights of all three.  

The Lake District – O’er vales and hills

The Lake District National Park with its rich, multi-layered geological history dates back half a billion years and offers stunning panoramic vistas for miles around.

Sassenach finds Sun in Scotland

With a heavy heart, I heaved my backpack over my shoulders. “I love you,” I said hoarsely, taking one last look at her normally loving limpid pool eyes, which glowered disbelievingly back at me, daggers drawn and feeling like the biggest shit of all time, I slipped out the front door.  Mental note to self…Continue reading “Sassenach finds Sun in Scotland”

My Gap 12-Day Adventure

Glasgow for a few days, before moving on to the Lake District for a week, then on to Harrogate, the place of Betty’s Tea Rooms and my birth.

COUNTDOWN TO KESWICK – Upping the Fitness Regime​

Eleven days and counting… I Named My Dog ‘5 Miles’ So I Can Tell People I Walk 4 Miles Every Day! http:/blog.spartadog.com I do walk every day, the way my writing companion, Cassie the Blog Dog, looks at me is enough to get me out of the house and up the road. As soon as weContinue reading “COUNTDOWN TO KESWICK – Upping the Fitness Regime​”

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