Tales of the Unexpected – The Fishermen of Hastings

One of the best things about hiking and about travelling in general is that, every now and then, you are running into something totally unexpected: something that you did not even know existed when you set out in the morning and that, in the evening, has enriched your understanding of that particular town, region or country, although you may still have not quite worked out in which ways and exactly how.

No, let

Tales of the Unexpected – The Fishermen of Hastings

Literature and History in Bloomsbury – The Writers Quarter of London

London Walks

Legendary towns have legendary streets and quarters. I have never lived in New York City, but I know what everybody knows: that Madison Avenue is a by-word for the country’s (and the world’s) advertising industry, that Broadway is the home of live entertainment and that Wall Street is the place from where the gangsters operate (spot the joke). But London, another legendary town, is – to my knowledge – the only

Literature and History in Bloomsbury – The Writers Quarter of London

Go Hiking to Explore the Sussex Coastal Culture Trail

Hikers can explore the Sussex Coastal Culture Trail from Eastbourne to Hastings – all 29 km of it – comfortably in two or, better still, in three stages. Such a longer trip ensures a better balance as otherwise, there is a risk that your Sussex Coastal Culture Trail experience will be all trail and no culture.

Or, perhaps the best option, you can pick one bit of the trail for your walk and

Go Hiking to Explore the Sussex Coastal Culture Trail

Take the Challenge of the Coastal Culture Trail

For many years, traditional seaside resorts have been in a state of crisis, but there are signs that they are springing back into recovery. There is life in the old dog yet.

The glory days of old-style seaside resorts – in Italy and France but particularly in the UK – was a time when nearly everybody, kids in tow, went on a family vacation for two or three weeks

Take the Challenge of the Coastal Culture Trail

A London Spy Walk in the Footsteps of the Cambridge Five

In our previous London spy walk on the trail of the Cambridge Five, we left off with Maclean and Burgess just about making it to Southampton for the day’s last ferry to France, never to return to the UK.

The sudden disappearance of two middle-ranking foreign service officials, at least one of whom was under acute suspicion of being a Soviet spy, caused a bit of a stir in contemporary Britain, but things

A London Spy Walk in the Footsteps of the Cambridge Five

The Spy Story of the Cambridge Five in London

Themed London Walk London may not be the world’s most beautiful city but it is probably its most storied. Almost every street corner has a story to tell: about rock music, Charles Dickens, Jack the Ripper and so on – the list of themes is virtually endless.

London is also the capital of spy stories, and the most thrilling of these is the one about the Cambridge Five. Or

The Spy Story of the Cambridge Five in London

A London Walk That is Not for the Fainthearted

If you want to see the largest number of ghosts crammed together into the smallest possible space to get the biggest spectral bang for your London-walking-buck so to speak, go to the City of London. After all, before the square mile became a business district, it was pretty much all of London there was. While cows were grazing in what today is the West End and while South London was nothing but a wilderness (North

A London Walk That is Not for the Fainthearted

A Brave Walk in the Haunted City of London

Ready to meet more of London’s undead? Good, they have been dying to meet you – in some cases waiting for you for hundreds of years in the haunted City of London.

We start the second part of our walk on Trafalgar Square, right underneath Nelson’s Column. Take a good look at the Admiral so you can recognize him when we meet his ghost a little further down our route.

A Brave Walk in the Haunted City of London

In Search of the Scary Ghosts of London

Some people travel to England to learn English, to do business, to watch a West End play or a football game. Others travel to Britain to meet a ghost. Don’t laugh: this is big business. Owners of castles try to lure overseas visitors with a promise of a meeting with their dead ancestors, stately homes offer Ghost Hunts, and there is a host of specialized providers who can arrange a trip for you through various

In Search of the Scary Ghosts of London

Roman Walls, Cricket and a Poem – Three for One in Chichester

Chichester: Roman Walls, Cricket’s Babe Ruth and Philip Larkin I normally shy away from dishing out general travel advice, but here is one: rather than picking your destinations according to fashion and the dictates of the travel press, base your choice on expedience and opportunity.

If someone, for example, invites you for a job interview in a town or an area where you have never been, not only accept but also read about

Roman Walls, Cricket and a Poem – Three for One in Chichester