Valiant Vilnius

Vilnius might not be the most obvious choice for a girlfriend getaway, but we choose it anyway. My friends, because neither of them has ever been, and I, because I want to see if the city has changed much. I first visited Vilnius in 1992, as part of a curiosity-fueled train-hopping holiday in the Baltics, […]

Family road trip Wales: Llandudno – Conwy

Another Sunday and a new installment on family road tripping in Wales. Last week, we left off in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Today, we continue onwards to Llandudno – Conwy. We’ve been here before, so you know we like it up here on the northern coast of Wales. Llandudno Llandudno is off the beaten track. It’s a […]

Atomium, a Brussels icon

I’ve been to the capital of Europe countless times. I even lived there for a few months after uni, while I was contemplating what to do with the rest of my life – amongst friends persuading me to join them in diplomatic/bureaucratic service. Idly contemplating, I should hasten to add, involving many a late night […]

Family road trip Wales: Portmeirion – Blaenau Ffestiniog

Happy Sunday and welcome back to our family road trip in Wales. This week, we travel the route Harlech – Portmeirion – Blaenau Ffestiniog. Portmeirion From Harlech, we carried on towards Portmeirion, a seaside village on the Welsh coast, and one of our favourite places. I won’t say too much about it, since we’ve covered […]

Road trip in Arctic Norway: Spectacular Helgeland – and Mosjøen

This summer, I’ve been roaming about in Norway, with both kids, with one kid, with friends – and on my own. Last week, Cat decided all she wanted for her 12th birthday was to go to yet another horse riding camp. And so I found myself with an unexpected four days of complete freedom, which […]

Tbilisi by Instagram

Ever heard of Tbilisi? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. It has been a while since I’ve written about – or indeed visited – any of Europe’s lesser-known capital cities, (you may remember Skopje, Pristina, Chisinau – or perhaps Kiev?) For a long time, I’ve been curious about the Caucasian countries, Europe’s final frontier, as […]

Family road trip Wales: Aberystwyth – Barmouth – Harlech

The girls and I love the mysterious and misty country of Cymru, so much so that Alexandra, my oldest daughter, decided to do her MA here. She graduated from Aberystwyth University last July, and much of the ceremony was in Welsh, totally incomprehensible, totally Hogwarts – and we totally loved it. All that was missing […]

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