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Book Review: Riding the Iron Rooster

Riding the Iron Rooster: By train through China, Paul Theroux, kindle edition from £5.03, paperback from £7.69.  Paul Theroux is my all-time, favourite travel writer. In his books he describes why he likes travel writing: ‘it’s an indirect form of autobiography’, but his prose, humour and conversations more than make up for any hint of arrogance. … Continue reading

Rest your head: this month’s reviews

Villa Klaic, Dubrovnik, Croatia: One night was not long enough here, where you’ll find family hospitality at its best.  We found the hosts to be extremely helpful and friendly, we were offered a welcome drink on arrival and they went out of their way to help us buy tickets at the bus station and even dropped us off … Continue reading

Rest your head: this month’s reviews

Penzion Michal, Zdiar, Slovakia: With nine clean, cosy and traditional rooms this is a great bed and breakfast that is in keeping with the traditional alpine style of Zdiar, a small but lovely village which offers excellent access to the High Tatras for hiking and other outdoor activities. All rooms are ensuite and the bathrooms … Continue reading

Review: Flour Bakery and Cafe, Boston USA

The totally incredible cakes,  brownies and cookies here might easily distract you from the gourmet sandwiches and delicious pizzas that make a great lunch at the canteen like tables. Friendly service and good coffee provide yet more reasons to keep popping back. We ordered a pizza to share and the ingredients were all fresh and … Continue reading

Off the shelf: this month’s book reviews

The Flying Troutmans, Miriam Toews (Faber, RRP£7.99): When their mother is admitted to a psychiatric ward and their somewhat unconventional Aunt Hattie returns from Paris to take care of them, Logan and Thebes feel lost, confused with the world. Hattie takes the kids – who manage the rare feat of being quirky and precocious without … Continue reading

Rest your head: This month’s reviews

Hotel Tilto, Vilnius, Lithuania: http://www.hoteltilto.com This boutique Irish hotel is located on Tilto Street, a sleepy lane running parallel to one of the main streets in Vilnius’ beautiful old town,  and it offers good value, very comfortable rooms. The hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral but the street is not noisy and … Continue reading

Off the shelf: this month’s book reviews

World Search: Amazing Jobs, Incredible Animals and Busy Places (Lonely Planet RRP: £9.99 each) World Search is a new and visually enticing children’s book series from Lonely Planet, which introduces a new generation of future travellers to the wider world around them. The three fun titles are aimed at readers aged 5 and up. They are … Continue reading

Travel gear: this month’s reviews

Bench Atlass Insulator Jacket (RRP EUR134.95): Sometimes you need a jacket that offers warmth and shower resistance without being bulky or heavy. The sporty Atlass Insulator Women’s Jacket has a sleek design and good quality. Its a great shape for women and is superbly lightweight while still offering considerable warmth. It has a high collar with … Continue reading

Rest your head: This month’s reviews

Villa Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina, http://www.mostar-tours.com: This is a great little hotel and at €50 a night offers excellent value. It’s easy to find if you follow signs for the Hotel Bristol, in a good location at Musala Square about a ten minute walk to the famous old bridge and the heart of Mostar. There’s free … Continue reading

Rest your head: this month’s reviews

Hotel de l’Europe, Saint Florent, Corsica: Saint Florent is a picturesque and busy tourist destination on the north west coast of Corsica. In August I can imagine that it’s heaving, but a week in late September was perfect; there were a few people to enhance the local population but a relaxed and laid back atmosphere … Continue reading