Beyond Lake Garda: 9 reasons to explore beautiful Brescia

Brescia Italy - things to do in Brescia

Corn fields bathed in sunlight and poppies swaying in the breeze. A Renaissance tower rises in the distance. Citizens go about their daily lives in the shadows of centuries of history and architecture. Shimmering lakes invite you to jump straight into their clear waters. Families gather near vineyards for feasting. This is Brescia, Italy. Every […]

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

“Once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up” – Leonardo da Vinci 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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