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First published in Sunday Times, February 2020 A quick sojourn in Helsinki, a short hop on the ferry to Tallinn, Estonia followed by a 7-week journey by train through Russia … Continue reading

June 5, 2020 · 3 Comments

Time to run rampant

First published ( a re-worked version) in Khuluma, Kulula Air, February 2020 Who is your hooligan?! It’s all monkey business at In’t Aepjen, Amsterdam, Netherlands The In’t Aepjen (it roughly … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery

First published in Travel Ideas, August-September 2019 I only learnt of the Russian custom to say “let’s sit down for the road” or “Присядем на дорожку” after I returned from … Continue reading

February 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Hej! Stockholm!

First published (an edited version) in Fairlady, April 2019  The Swede Spot Flying into Stockholm looking down at the vast Swedish archipelago evokes imaginary pictures of the small island inhabited … Continue reading

January 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

St Petersburg – From Russia with love

First published in FairLady, July 2016 Ensconced in a homestay apartment with unlimited access to vodka (advertised as such, but not true, strictly speaking) and a view over the Griboyedova … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Epicureans unite in Bordeaux

First published in Diversions, Autumn 2018 Quaffing First Growth wines at grand châteaux, visiting fairytale villages in Bordeaux and revelling in world-class cuisine three – or more – times a … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Intimate Venice

First published in Diversions, Winter 2017 To experience Venice (or Venezia in Italian) properly don’t even think about going in the European summer. An added bonus is that in winter … Continue reading

May 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Riga Revelations – Ready for Riga?

First published in FairLady, May 2017 If you are a caviar lover or want to become one head to Riga, the capital of Latvia and the largest city in the … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · Leave a comment


First published in Travel Ideas, March-April 2016 Looking out of the train window I see the Volga River where the cronies Of Genghis Khan caused mayhem in the 13th century. … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment


First published in FairLady, April 2015 Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is still largely undiscovered and utterly enchanting. Apart from a brief boom in the nineties as well as catering … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment