Sep 012015
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.

Dec 312014
Terrassa night club by the Zindan Gate of the Kalmegdan fortress in Belgrade, Serbia.

My feature Belgrade: Like A Local, providing an overview of the Serbian capital plus tips on places to eat, drink and shop is in the Jan-Feb 2015 edition of National Geographic Traveller.

Belgrade proved a great city for a long weekend and is rich in history. It has a number of good, affordable places to dine and is a great destination if you enjoy nightlife.

I wish I’d had more time to explore the Kalmegdan fortress and would love to return when the National Museum of Serbia re-opens after renovation.

I can imagine that it is a place that will attract many more international visitors in 2015 than in previous years. For more information about the country see the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia‘s website.