Hospitality and horror

Hospitality and horror

Greenwood, Mississippi, October 15, 2016:
Driving into Greenwood after dark, we pull into a gas station and ask directions to a late-night grocery store. ‘Sir… I have a suggestion,’ says a young man in… Continue reading

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There’s an E in Paree

There’s an E in Paree

France, April 27, 2016:
How the city of light took a battery-powered motor race into its heart: Last Saturday in Paris you needed a ticket to a motor race to get into the streets around… Continue reading

Oh Carolina

Oh Carolina

North Carolina, USA, March 6, 2016:
The Blue Ridge Parkway – what a fabulous name for a road. It sounds like somewhere you want to go even before you know where it is. In fact it winds… Continue reading

Music City, Party Town

Music City, Party Town

Nashville, Tennesse, June 2015:
An hour before my flight touches down in the USA I am watching a music documentary on the seat-back screen. And the first words spoken in this episode… Continue reading

A city fit for a Queen

A city fit for a Queen

Charlotte, North Carolina, May 2015:
Our new Princess Charlotte has a warm welcome waiting in the American city that bears her name. As you might expect, Monday’s royal announcement was greeted with great delight in… Continue reading

Coastal cliffhanger

Coastal cliffhanger

North-west Scotland, May 2015:
I’d always planned to go back to north-west Scotland but, somehow, 32 years slipped by. Children were born and grew up. Jobs and houses came and went… Continue reading

Miles of Isles

Miles of Isles

Outer Hebrides, Scotland, June 2014:
Strolling along Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris in a biting wind, we recalled the story of a Thai holiday resort that put a picture of an Outer Hebrides… Continue reading

Such a Lot to like

Such a Lot to like

The Lot, France, January 2014:
Choosing holiday dates is always a bit of a gamble but this time we hit the jackpot. We went to south-west France for a blues festival in the city of Cahors and… Continue reading

The heart of soul

The heart of soul

Memphis, Tennessee, October 2013:
The songs starts with a blast of horns and suddenly the room explodes into life. More than 30 kids perform Otis Redding’s Shake with so much energy, charisma … Continue reading

Go wild in Canada

Go wild in Canada

Québec, Canada, February 2013:
The seaplane came in from the south and made a long sweep­ing turn, almost skimming the tops of the pines on its approach. Trailing two glistening cascades Continue reading