Take the kids to … Gilbert White’s House and Gardens, Hampshire

The home of the nature-obsessed clergyman is a treasure trove of flora, fauna and kids’ games. And there’s even a gallery devoted to heroic explorers

Ireland’s Alcatraz: Spike Island in Cork

The former fort and notorious prison in Cork harbour, once known as ‘Hell on Earth’, has become an award-winning attraction

Prints and prison cells: the Portuguese Centre for Photography, Porto

A former jail houses artefacts from the dawn of photography, and provides a window onto the life of one of Portugal’s most prolific novelist, who was locked up there for adultery

Travel 2016 – Tip 9 – France – Narbonne

An unusual thing happened today – the train I booked ahead of time, from Montpellier to Narbonne, wasn’t cancelled and arrived almost on time. This the first time in six rail trips that my plans haven’t been altered by the strikes. Anyway enough of the grumbling, I have two more weeks of this, today’s tipContinue reading “Travel 2016 – Tip 9 – France – Narbonne”

2016 Trip – Tip 4 – France Avignon

Another day, another tip to visit a garden, this time in Avignon. Past the Palais des Papes visitors should go up the incline to the right of the Petit Palais Museum and follow the path/road around until there’s green space all around. This is Le Jardin du Rocher des Doms and the views over theContinue reading “2016 Trip – Tip 4 – France Avignon”