Venice: Art, canals and churches

We started our first full day in Venice by exploring the canals near our hotel in the Cannaregio district, snaking our way over the bridges and along the deserted canals, while soaking up the area's eerie stillness. As we got closer to the Rialto district and the Grand Canal (below), the city, unsurprisingly, became increasingly... Continue Reading →

Venice: First impressions

It seems hard to believe now, but at the end of January 2020 I was in Venice, little knowing it was the last time I'd go abroad for a very long time. I'd been umming and ahhing about visiting Venice for years – on the one hand keen to see the famous lagoon city, on... Continue Reading →

Gloucester

The Romans, the royals and the Georgians have all made their mark on Gloucester over the millennia, which means the city is a hodge podge of old, beautiful buildings mixed in with some much more recent eyesores. I'd long been keen to visit Gloucester, largely because of its grand cathedral, but I was also intrigued... Continue Reading →

Coulon

The tree-lined canals and rivers of the Marais Poitevin are renowed for their idyllic beauty, and as they were only an hour or so's drive from Parthenay, we were keen to see this fabled part of France for ourselves. The Marais Poitevin is a huge area of marshland stretching over some 970 sq km and... Continue Reading →

Colmar

It's fair to say that Colmar's reputation as the Alsatian little Venice preceded it and in the run up to my visit, my Instagram feed seemed to be full of photos of the pretty, photogenic town. Famous for its brightly-painted old timber buildings and picture-perfect canal, I'd expected the old part of Colmar to be small,... Continue Reading →

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