Notre Dame – A glitch in the matrix

By | April 4th, 2016|Bosnia, France, Vietnam|

Notre Dame (the one in Paris, AKA Notre-Dame de Paris) is an incredible structure, a marvel. A historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of one of two remaining natural islands in the River Seine,  Notre Dame is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and [...]

Jardin d’Acclimatation – Paris’ other amusement park

By | August 18th, 2015|France|

Jardin d’Acclimatation > Disney? Disney is great.  No seriously, I love a good Disney movie.  I enjoyed every minute of re-watching (I saw it in the cinema too) Big Hero 6 last week, and Robin Hood remains one of my all time favourite movies. In my younger days, I was very luck to travel to Florida [...]

A mini survival guide to sleeper trains

By | May 21st, 2015|Travel tips|

Sleeper trains, they're great, but can be hard work.  But if I'm honest, while I may have had trouble actually sleeping on them in the past, the effort was worth it, as there's nothing quite like waking up and watching the sunrise from a locomotive racing through an incredible landscape. A learned a trick a [...]

A tour of Paris by Segway (Video)

By | January 31st, 2014|France, Video|

Paris by Segway, really?  I mean Paris is a beautiful city, a city rich in history, stunning architecture, incredible art and exquisite food.  Stating the obvious? ... yeah probably, but its 100% true.  You know it, and now I know it having just got back from my first ever visit to the French capital. Owing [...]

Mapped Instagram photos of Paris

By | January 10th, 2014|France, Real Time Blogging|

Ah Paris. Fine dining - duck confit, onion soup, frogs legs and smelly cheese. Exquisite art - La Louve and the Monna Lisa within. Architectural marvels - the Effiel Tower, Notre Dame and the Galeries Lafayette. Love lockets, shopping, fashion, music, museums ... err a hunchback and Disneyland?? OK so you probably knew all this [...]

Champagne and Macaroons courtesy of Air France

By | December 11th, 2012|France|

I'm not a massive champagne fan and up until Monday i'd never tasted a macaroon in my life (scandalous I know), but last Monday the lovely people at Air France afforded me the opportunity not only change my views on champagne with a wee taster session, but to also get my first taste a macaroon. [...]

A travel blogger interview with @AshleyAbroadx

By | December 3rd, 2012|Blogger Interviews|

In an interview I did for Ed Rex last week I was asked about Couchsurfing, and to be honest I had no answer to the question as its not something I've yet tried.  Then this past Friday  walking to the pub from work, in the ass end of west london, three German girls (i think) ask [...]

Visiting Wembley for the London 2012 Olympic football

By | August 7th, 2012|England, What to do in London|

On the 9th August 2012 the Japanese womens football team and the USA womens soccer team (you and I know both know it's really called football and not soccer, but 'm gonna let it go on this occasion) will come head to head at Wembley Stadium for the mother (no pun intended) for all games.  At [...]