archive,category,category-travel,category-14,qode-social-login-1.1,qode-restaurant-1.1,theme-stockholm-child,stockholm-core-1.0.0,woocommerce-no-js,select-child-theme-ver-1.1,select-theme-ver-5.0,side_area_uncovered,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.7,vc_responsive


nijo castle kyoto

Postcard from Nijo Castle, Kyoto

Literary dreams do come true! Visiting Nijo Castle in Kyoto was on my must-see list after reading Across the Nightingale Floor (and the rest of the Tales of the Otori series) and it didn't disappoint. Built in 1603 by the first shogun of the Edo period,

darwin deckchair cinema

Long weekend in Darwin

Lights are draped between palm trees, people are wandering past with giant cushions and we catch the smell of curry drifting in the air.  A possum scurries under a chair. The sun hasn't yet dropped but the sky is a pastel wash of blues, pinks and orange.

belongil beach, australia

Postcard from Belongil Beach

Hi  from Belongil Beach, I had a girl's weekend a while back, and found THIS view from our villa at Belongil Beach. Belongil is a long, white sandy tract well away from the crowds at Byron Bay, but only five minutes drive (or bit of a walk via the beach)


Long Weekend in Sydney

A three-day weekend in Sydney with a friend, with a pact that it would NOT be a shopping weekend. No boutiques, no shoe shops, no arcades. No, my friends, this was a girls' weekend in Sydney to relax, to live like a local.  You heard me - we were going to Sydney