Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Covid Restrictions Apply. This is my first Cornwall trip. It’s also my first Covid trip. The idea was to take the train from London Paddington early in the morning so I’d get the most out of my first day in Newquay. Five hours from London via Plymouth to Par, I will change trains to Newquay.…

Naples, Italy

I land in Naples – Napoli – before midday and get a cab from the airport to my hotel to make the most of my brief time here. My hotel, San Francesco al monte, turns out to be a good choice, located on the top of a hill. The room is nice, old-fashioned but pleasant, with…

Sicily, Italy

Palermo. I get an early morning flight from Naples to Palermo and arrive around nine, then take the bus into town, which takes about 60 minutes and costs around six Euros (at the time of writing this). I get off the bus at Via Roma and first walk to cafe Bisso Bistrot at the famous Baroque square,…

Oslo, Norway

It’s a few days after Christmas, and most of Oslo town is closed. Since I’ve mainly been here before in the light, bright warmer months of the year, being here on the flip side of summer is a cold and dark experience. Arriving in the evening on December 26, my three travelling companions and I…

Memphis, TN, USA

Three Days in Memphis. Monday.I arrive at my hotel, Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown. It’s just a few blocks from the famous Beale Street, with a partial view of the Mississippi River one block away. There’s also a distant view of the famous Peabody Hotel over some nondescript rooftops. I go straight to Beale Street and have a late…