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A Douro Valley Steam Train Journey

A magical vintage train journey on the historic Douro Valley steam train through Portugal’s Douro wine region and vineyards with photos and video footage

Driving Death Valley – the Highs and the Lows

The drive through Death Valley National Park was yet another highlight along the route of our South West US road trip. Death Valley possesses a sun-bleached grandeur, and desolate sense of vastness intersperced with green shrubs, vivid striata, sparkling white salt flats and open-air history.

Exploring Yosemite in a Day

Yosemite National Park is known for its incredible natural beauty, giant sequoia trees, iconic vistas, gushing waterfalls, green meadows and the towering granite giants of El Capitan and Half Dome cliffs. But what if you only have a day to explore? Here are my tips to help you get the best out of a day in Yosemite.

Peru – My 2016 Dream Destination

There’s a place on my travel wish list that has always intrigued me. A place of ancient civilizations, mountain-top ruins and home to one of mankind’s greatest mysteries. Where the people are welcoming, creative and colourful and a country whose capital is considered to be one of the best cuisine destinations in the world.

Tales of Whale Watching in Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay is home to one of the deepest canyons in the earth’s seabed and it’s brimming with life. Take a boat out to the edge of the canyon and, if conditions are right, you’ll witness the nature of the Pacific in its full awe-inspiring glory.

Monterey Bay in a Day

When I hear Monterey mentioned I get a memory flash of dazzling cobalt blue so it doesn’t surprise me that Monterey has been described as the ‘greatest meeting of land, sea and sky’. It’s also teeming with wildlife – here’s what we spotted in one day in Monterey…

Road Trip Itinerary – Southwest USA

Our road trip itinerary for a route through South West America taking in California and Arizona. Here’s how we planned our trip and an outline of the stops on the way from San Francisco through to our flight home from Phoenix.

What to See and do in San Francisco

There are certain things every visitor to the city should see and do; get up close to The Golden Gate Bridge, check out the best views, take a boat across the bay to visit ‘The Rock’ home of Alcatraz, and trundle up the city’s hills on an iconic cable car for both the experience and the views. And that’s just for starters. Here are my tips on what to see and do in San Francisco, the ‘City by the Bay’.

San Francisco Highs at Coit Tower

The Coit Tower, San Francisco is shaped like the nozzle of a fire hose and stands at 210 ft. Head up to the top of the tower in its Art Deco elevator and you’ll get to take in the stunning 360 degree views of the city from its open-air observation deck.