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  • Smitten with Stockholm 18 Oct 19

    This trip with my daughter was long-planned, but we left it late to book accommodation… so we are staying further out from the centre than originally intended – at a suburban hotel that turns... Read More

  • All in Good Time 21 Jun 19

    You might recognise the name Neil Matthews as an occasional travel contributor to Optima Magazine. When Neil is not heading off on exotic foreign trips (Ukraine… North Korea… the Trans-Siberian... Read More

  • Nashville on my Mind 3 May 19

    Less than an hour after arriving in Nashville’s slightly ambitiously named ‘international’ airport, we were taking in the rowdy strains of some good ol’ fashioned honky tonk music in a bar... Read More

  • Leader of the Pack 5 Apr 19

    1. Love your luggage: It’s temping to hazard a guess whether your luggage meets your airline’s weight requirements, but this can be a costly mistake, especially as you can buy a handy luggage... Read More

  • Trulli Picturesque 22 Mar 19

    Puglia runs down the ‘boot’ of southern Italy from the spur to the heel. Inhabited since Neolithic times, its five hundred miles of coastline have long attracted invaders. Balkan tribes, Ottomans... Read More

  • What a Beautiful Hue 8 Mar 19

    The ribbon of land that comprises Vietnam stretches about 1,000 miles from north to south, yet only 30 miles from west to east. Travelling by road is not easy, nor particularly safe. A single-track... Read More

  • Not all Jute, Jam and Journalism 8 Feb 19

    The new V&A Museum of Design, with its strange concrete slats and twisting, truncated structure is drawing people in droves to Dundee’s waterfront on the Firth of Tay in eastern Scotland. But we... Read More

  • Rum and Revolutions 11 Jan 19

    Arriving at Havana airport, you’re struck at once by some unusual scenes. Waiting at baggage claim, besides the usual throng of passengers lining up to collect suitcases, is an even larger gathering... Read More

  • Clinging to the Rails 23 Nov 18

    We awoke early, a gap in the curtains revealing orange streaks breaking out across the sky. Throughout the valley, flickering lights began to soften, with the silhouette of the mountains coming into... Read More

  • As Pretty as a Picture 9 Nov 18

    Part of Essaouira’s charm lies in its manageable size and easy, laid back atmosphere. It’s been on the tourist trail for years, in an idle kind of way, since its 1960s popularity with the likes of... Read More

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