The Grand Tour: An Itinerary For Italy

From the 1620s Italy has attracted and rewarded the inquisitive. The Grand Tour, as it later became known, saw British youngsters of the upper classes travelling slowly into southern Italy from London. They often encountered treacherous alpine passes, terrible weather and disease on route. I didn’t have to plan for these troubles on my journey.…

In Pictures: Atop Across The World

When I travel, I always try to see things from a different perspective. Not just metaphorically, but physically too.  Climbing high to observe my surroundings helps me to get my bearings and also provides an alternative view of very familiar places. Sometimes, I’ve made an extra effort to reach the tops of buildings and mountains,…

The Long Way Home Turns Two

Two years ago I sat in Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport about to leave Australia. After more than three years in Canberra, I was returning to the UK for a new, and at that point in time, temporary adventure.   I gradually fell in love with London life and haven’t yet returned Down Under. The Long…

In Pictures: My UNESCO Twenty

This week, UNESCO added 24 new sites to its ever-growing list of places worth protecting on this planet. The UK’s notable offering was the Forth Bridge in Scotland, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering, which I was lucky enough to see first hand last summer.   Sadly, as the global list grows, so does the number…