A Jane Austen tour of England’s home counties

Jane Austen's House Museum

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” – Jane Austen So wrote our heroine Jane Austen in one of my favourite novels, Northanger Abbey. It is a rare woman in western society who has not encountered Austen during her education or explored her writing further. A […]

City culture: Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and life in Milan

da vinci milan

Leonardo was right. A visit to Milan is as much about looking up at soaring buildings and exquisite art as looking around. I’ve been fascinated with the Italian Renaissance since I studied the history of Florence and Venice during that period at high school. The explosion of learning and art in that era is unsurpassed […]

London: A unique Camden walking tour with “This Charming Man”

camden walking tour with unseen and visit.org

Once upon a time, I liked to think of myself as a bit rock n roll. Not too crazy but I had a few qualifying experiences that made me think I had some rocking cred. A child of the 80s, I was into the Clash and Stone Roses rather than Madonna or Simple Minds. My […]

20 amazing British Museum highlights and facts

british museum highlights roof of great hall

In my opinion, a trip to London is not complete without a visit to one of its many museums and galleries and arguably the best museum in the world is the British Museum. With a collection of around 8 million objects preserving human history, culture and art across almost 2 million years, the museum is […]

10 reasons to hire a local tour guide and take a tour on your travels

10 reasons to choose a local tour guide

Paris, 1995. I saw all the sights. I climbed the Eiffel Tower, walked the Champs Elysée, took in the view from the tower at Notre Dame and was entranced by the scene playing out in the shadows of the Sacre Coeur. I had “done” Paris. Or so I thought. I liked travelling independently and figuring things […]