Vancouver- Gas Town

Gas Town Gas Town is the original settlement that would eventually become Vancouver. Today it is a national historic site. Gas Town was Vancouver's first downtown and was named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire man, steamboat captain and barkeeper who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon. "Gassy Jack" acquired his nickname, … Continue reading Vancouver- Gas Town

Champagne at Epernay Leeds

“My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne” John Maynard Keynes We recently visited Epernay Champagne Bar in Leeds. Never one to need an excuse to quaff the odd glass of champers, or two, it was on this occasion, our wedding anniversary. We have visited on several occasions but disappointingly, on this visit, … Continue reading Champagne at Epernay Leeds

Walking the Queen Charlotte Track. New Zealand

DAY 1 200 years after Yorkshire man Captain Cook first landed in New Zealand on his ship The Endeavour, another Yorkshire man and his wife, landed at Ships Cove from Picton on the boat "Sounds Exciting", hoping that our trip lived up to the boat's name. James Cook was born and brought up in Yorkshire, … Continue reading Walking the Queen Charlotte Track. New Zealand

How to Book the Perfect Holiday

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list  -Susan Sontag   Travelers either love or hate planning trips. Spending hours honing your research skills in front of a computer, popping into the Travel Agents to pass the planning and booking onto someone else or going away with friends who you know will take care … Continue reading How to Book the Perfect Holiday

Essaouira – One of my favourite places.

I first visited Essaouira in October 2013 with my husband Richard, my sister and brother in law. We flew to Marrakesh and as private transfers and buses seemed to be costly, we opted for the cheaper option of hiring a car. Big mistake. Big, big mistake. The drive between Marrakesh and Essaouira should take between … Continue reading Essaouira – One of my favourite places.

The Independent Traveller

“Once the travel bug has bitten there is no antidote, and I know I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” Michael Palin   Back in 2011, Rich famously (in our family) told a Thomas cook holiday rep "we don’t go on package holidays were independent travellers."   What is an independent … Continue reading The Independent Traveller