Portuguese portcullises – Castelo de Almourol

Medieval castles are all wrapped up in our imagination with damsels in distress. And ever the knight in shining armour I am always there to protect my lady’s honour. We’re in Castelo de Almourol in the middle of the River Tagus in Portugal. It is our wedding anniversary week. And this is without doubt the […]

Saturday night’s all right… for Ryanair

Message to Michael O’Leary… I watch the football on TV on a Saturday. I think you’ll understand although tonight it’s not your beloved Manchester City but that pesky Liverpool side. Who seem the only team who can give you a game. Just so you know though about my schedule the next time you extend your […]

Flyday Friday – Dubai

The Son And Heir was always reaching out as a toddler, curious to see what the world felt like it. And he loved his lego which he called ‘Talls’. He’d love Legoland in Dubai Parks and Resorts then. And you’d love Emirates’ deal for your family for €5,569 http://www.emiratesholidays.com with return flights. Emirates Holidays has […]

This Sporting Weekend… Andy Murray

It’s not surprising that Andy Murray has had to have his body reconstructed from spare parts. Because it’s not easy carrying the sporting hopes of an entire nation, Scotland, on your back. And yes, we know he’s also British. But, of course us Scots love to joke that the English media call him British when […]

Holiday Snaps – Biarritz

Right, the world’s leaders aren’t going to stay in a caravan park but I do heartily agree with the G7’s choice of Biarritz. In a former life, and former newspaper, when I had to compete with others (the cheek of it!) to be picked to go on a travel trip, I landed Biarritz. The newspaper’s […]

Surfing the seas in Barcelona

Only one man walks on water in Barcelona. He’s everywhere – in every shop window, on the backs of every family of tourists. Or parading his skills before 100,000 worshippers at the cathedral of football, the Camp Nou. Only on the day I visited the Spanish city, he’s not. The ubiquitous Lionel Messi is back […]

Flyday Friday – Ryanair

‘If only I’d known being nice would be good for business I’d have done it earlier.’ Michael O’Leary’s much-vaunted volte-face (remember the picture with the golden labrador) was either just for our benefit… Or it failed. Ryanair has come last of 100 brands for customer service in a Which? survey. Now it is unapologetically no-frills, […]

Time flies – Ryanair’s €9.99 UK sale

That’s the thing. If you sit still then you miss out on the big Ryanair sale. Ryanair has a seat sale on for the UK with flights from €9.99. Now bear in mind that a single coach trip from Aberdeen was twice that 30 years ago and it gives you an idea of what great […]

Give us this day -Padova

As calling cards go it does the job – simple, functional and just what is needed if your stock painting will be halos. With a swish and a brush of red paint Giotto di Bondone had announced himself to the Papal envoy with his freehand circle. And within a few years he would announce himself […]

Flyday Friday – Madeira

The mother-in-law has been asking where to holiday. I thought a single fare but I’m not that brave. And then changed my advice to Madeira. The Bamba (the kids couldn’t say Grandma) has something of the green fingers about her. So she’d love lush Madeira. Madeira’s flora and fauna benefit from the volcanic ash on […]