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In Part 1, we described our exploration of Galicia’s Atlantic coast and lovely old towns of the wine-growing Rías Baixas region in the south. Our journey now continued along the River Miño to the...

As a child I was intrigued by the names of the sea areas used in the BBC Radio Weather Shipping Forecasts. Most of these names, like Plymouth, Portland, Wight and Dover, could be found on a map of...

We visited the magnificent, centennial, palatial guesthouse in Silves for an unforgettable getaway.

For many years, I’ve driven past the beautiful old building and thought how wonderful it...

As an American, albeit (after 47 years living in Europe) a real Ex-Pat, I have always wanted to see two of America’s most famous national parks – Yellowstone and the adjoining Grand Teton. A...

Our first bullet train journey took us from east coast Tokyo to west coast Kanazawa, home to the ancient Maeda clan, one of the most powerful samurai families. On our arrival at Kanazawa Station,...

One of the most interesting things we saw during our recent trip to China was a UNESCO World Heritage site that is actually an entire city. The old city of Pingyao, located about 715km southwest...

For many years, Japan had been top of my list of countries to visit. I have many books on Japanese art and culture, and Japanese paintings on the walls, and the first book my husband bought me was...

China is home to 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites, second in the world only to Italy, which has 51. On our recent trip, Helga and I were fortunate enough to see 10 of them, including one of the 7...

Helga and I have just returned from a 23-day trip through China. Neither of us had ever visited mainland China before and we arrived with lots of pre-conceived ideas and impressions. Many of them...

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