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The reconstructed gate of Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum in South Shields, England.

August is traditionally a time to take time off but for me it proved a busy and rewarding month.

It was lovely to see my work attractively laid-out on the pages of The Independent on Sunday. I wrote about the Larkin Trail in Hull, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the death of Philip Larkin, the poet who was a librarian at the University of Hull. Visiting Kingston-upon-Hull proved enjoyable and I’d recommend the city as a weekend destination. I also wrote about the Mas de la Rivoire, a chic bed and breakfast at Villevieille in the Languedoc region of southern France.

My blog,, was named as one of the top 50 food blogs to follow in the United Kingdom. It’s always a pleasure to receive feedback like that.

The new posts on this month include a review of Restaurant Chez Leon in Brussels, Belgium – a place that has been serving mussels and fries since 1893.

I also added a feature on the city of Sunderland in north-east England because travel writing can (and arguably should) start close to home. With a number of rail offers available at present I thought the post Exploring England by rail: Sunderland might provide visitors with timely guidance.

The National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England.

The National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England.

Following my recent trip along the scenic Limes Strasse in Germany, a 700km route that follows the course of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that once marked the frontier of the Roman Empire in German lands, I wrote about the Roman style food served at Pohl, a reconstructed fortlet in the Rhineland-Palatinate. You can read about it my post New old-fashioned food at Pohl Roman fortlet.

I also wrote about the potential for great travel photography on the German Limes route for The Huffington Post.

The Dinky Guide is aimed at couples who travel together and receives around two million unique visits a year. I wrote about the experience of driving together on a scenic driving holiday in Germany for the site, which was established back in 2009.

Reconstructed Roman tower at Pohl fortlet on the German Limes Route.

Reconstructed Roman tower at Pohl fortlet on the German Limes Route.

I have to admit, I didn’t know what haskap berries were ahead of my trip to Nova Scotia, Canada during July. They are tasty! I experimented with them and created a recipe featuring aubergine and mozzarella cheese. You’ll find the recipe in my post Discovering haskap berries in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Doha, in Qatar, proved a good spot for an unexpected stopover during a long-haul flight in 2014. Find out why I’d break my travel itinerary there again in the post A stop-over in Doha, Qatar.

If you take a look at the recently re-vamped British Guild of Travel Writers’ website you’ll be able to read my feature about events being held to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh is, incidentally, one of my favourite artists.

Detail from The Sower at the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the Netherlands.

Detail from The Sower at the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the Netherlands.

I focused on the legacy of Van Gogh in the village of Nuenen, in the Dutch province of North Brabant, for a feature entitled First Impressions, published in the Times of India Group’s Mirror publications.

Cherono took the time to interview me via Skype for a post on the Outdays Adventures blog.

I also had a photography shoot in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with the reality television star Lucy Mecklenburgh for Rex Features. Lucy, known to many people from The Only Way Is Essex, was at JD Sports to promote her new range of Ellesse sportswear.

Lucy Mecklenburgh at JD Sports in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

Lucy Mecklenburgh at JD Sports in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

I also photographed a handful of travel destinations in the north-east of England, including Sunderland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Durham. They are now available from the photography stock agencies to which I regularly contribute.

If you want to see some of the photographs I shot using my phone then check out my goeatdo Instagram feed. Feel free to follow the feed to stay up-to-date with my latest travels. See Facebook for regular posts too.

May 022013

On 16 April I had the pleasure of speaking about travel blogging in London, at an event organised by the British Guild of Travel Writers. Debbie Hindle, Jane Gorman and Laurence Mitchell were the other speakers. If you’d like to take a look at my blog click onto

Here’s what I was quoted as saying in media following the event:

I have wanted to get into blogging for a couple of years and have been writing guest posts for other sites. I’m glad that I’ve finally set aside the time to design, create and start writing for my own site,

Blogging provides an opportunity for me to get my voice heard and work seen; I’ve now got lots more to learn about how to use social media more effectively to draw people to my site and I’m looking forward to that challenge.

It was very interesting to attend the blogging evening as blogs are personal and everyone has to find a style and approach that reflects themselves. Ilearnt a lot listening to Jane, Debbie and Laurence and hope I can take some of the suggestions for good practices that were mentioned and put them into effect on