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Lobsters on the boardwalk in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

This month I spent two weeks teaching students in the Netherlands. I led two week long seminars. One focused on travel writing while the other was about travel photography. It’s always a pleasure to impart knowledge to students who have a genuine interest in the subject. Several interacted by asking probing questions and the overall quality of the groups’ work proved good.

Between seminars I visited Ghent in Belgium and look forward to writing about the city over the months ahead. My first feature is on the annual oyster festival held at the Pakhuis Brasserie. The event has become so popular it is now known informally as Oyster Sunday.

On my personal blog,, you can read my look at the Negen Straatjes (nine streets) shopping district in Amsterdam. For that piece I interviewed Djoeke Wessing, the shop owner who came up with the name of the area, which is short walk from Dam Square.

You can also see my review of The Bridges of Paris, a beautiful coffee table book written and photographed by Michael Saint James.

If you are looking for things to do, you might find inspiration via my post pointing you towards the interactive Born Ready microadventures site, a cooperation between Wrangler clothing and Alastair Humphreys.

An Eyefi Mobi Wi-Fi enabled SD memory card

An Eyefi Mobi Wi-Fi enabled SD memory card

Testing a wi-fi enabled memory card in my camera proved fun. You can find out how I got on in the kit review via my post about the Eyefi Mobi SD card and app.

Choosing a title for my feature on Thuringia, the state that’s known as ‘the green heart of Germany’, proved easy. In it I take a look at Erfurt, Weimar and Bad Langensalza. Each of those urban areas proved photogenic. The piece provides an overview of the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Half-timbered buildings near the Kraemerbruecke (Merchants' Bridge) in Erfurt, Germany.

Half-timbered buildings near the Kraemerbruecke (Merchants’ Bridge) in Erfurt, Germany.

Dusseldorf also provided me with material for a post examining the shopping, architecture and art museums of the metropole on the Rhine.

I also wrote a couple of pieces for The Huffington Post. My first was about visiting southern France, where I visited the attractive small town Sommières in the Gard department, part of the wine-producing Languedoc-Roussillon province. Here’s a link to my feature entitled Sommières in Southern France: Travel and Heritage.

Sommieres in France

The Roman built bridge in Sommieres, France

That piece was followed by a light-hearted but thought-provoking rant about what I see as the ridiculously early start to the Christmas season in the United Kingdom. Wandering through Newcastle-upon-Tyne I noted how the Intu Eldon Square was displaying a Christmas greeting even before the end of October. That prompted me to ask Why Does the United Kingdom Start Celebrating Christmas So Early?

My feature on for Rough Guides on Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, Canada provided an overview of the colourful fishing town that I visited in July.

Lobsters on the boardwalk in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Soft toys in the shape of lobsters on the boardwalk in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Over the past six months I’ve also been writing a column on the 2015 Milan Expo for an in-flight magazine. The world exhibition came to an end on 31 October meaning I’m looking for new column opportunities. By all means get in touch if you’re a commissioning editor looking for regular content.

As the month came to close I was preparing my schedule for the 2015 World Travel Market,  which will be held at the ExCeL London events centre from 2 to 5 November. If you are a PR or represent a tourist board and want to work with me over the months ahead please call me on (0044 – if you are outside the United Kingdom) (0) 7947 587136 or send an email.

Two fellas in Den Haag, the Netherlands.

Two fellas in Den Haag, the Netherlands.