The magical world of Topkapi Palace – Istanbul, Turkey

One of my favourite Istanbul experiences is visiting Topkapi Palace in Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city. As you walk through the impressive white Gate of Salutation, you are transported to a time and place that seem more akin to childhood make-believe than real-world history.  Inside you’ll find the worlds fifth largest diamond sparkling with decadent delight … More The magical world of Topkapi Palace – Istanbul, Turkey

Wide angle: a photo walk through Istanbul, Turkey

I am feeling inspired by the rich cityscape of Istanbul: the kaleidoscope of colours, the exotic scents that hang on humid air, the lovely clash and clamour on the streets. Some of my favourite days here have been spent wandering the labyrinth of possibilities, taking time to notice and capture the quirks that collectively create … More Wide angle: a photo walk through Istanbul, Turkey

How to travel the UK & Ireland in a campervan: lessons from 1 month on the road

Driving through the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland in a campervan is one of those classic adventures that offers more delights than you bargained for. You expect the charming thatched-roof cottages of the English Cotswolds, but not the scores of swooning swans on the glassy Avon. You’ve heard about the mysterious lochs and mist-shrouded peaks … More How to travel the UK & Ireland in a campervan: lessons from 1 month on the road

Walking Wales: the Pembrokeshire Coast & Brecon Beacons national parks

From the late night ferry between Ireland and Wales, to the deep-fried bread served at breakfast, and the hour spent patiently enduring a theological rant by a crazy woman in a carpark, it had been a rough start to the day. But by 4pm Dave and I were half way around the 6.8 mile Strumble … More Walking Wales: the Pembrokeshire Coast & Brecon Beacons national parks

The west coast of Ireland: Westport, Achill Island, Doolough, Galway & Cliffs of Moher

The salt haze has stiffened and the evening light has paled across the wild Atlantic view. I am warm and comfortable inside the campervan but the whistle of the coast wind brings chill bumps to my skin. I’m not sure how long I’ve been here. It could be an hour, it could be four. But … More The west coast of Ireland: Westport, Achill Island, Doolough, Galway & Cliffs of Moher

Driving the Causeway Coast: from Belfast to Derry, Northern Ireland

Winding along pebbled beaches, through cliff-side tunnels, past castles and natural wonders, it’s hard to believe that Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route was not designed especially for a tourism brochure. From Belfast, we took two laid-back days to drive the 120 mile coastline in our Wicked camper, finding plenty of delights along the way, and … More Driving the Causeway Coast: from Belfast to Derry, Northern Ireland