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Summer Sun and Sunflowers

November 28, 2011

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As the weather descends into winter here in the UK my mind starts to wander to next year’s family holiday.

My children will be 14 and 11 and are keen to go surfing – Polzeath in Cornwall being their favourite spot so far.

Being a cyclist, I find the lanes of Cornwall a little hectic at times so whilst I can run on the coastal path or find quiet lanes to ride on my thoughts are leaning towards a holiday spent in Ste Catherine de Fierbois a few years ago where I spent many happy hours navigating the quiet roads amongst the sunflowers.

I’m sure Cornwall will win for August 2012, but I do have another thought – the 2012 Tour de France visits the North East coast and Boulogne, so perhaps I can squeeze in a Gallic trip to see how @markcavendish is warming up for the Olympic Road Race?

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A touch of luxury

October 14, 2008

Sublime trundlin.

The trundlin ethos is part eccentricity, part sustainability, part luxury and part frugality. This recommendation has no sense of frugality, the tiniest soupcon of sustainability and a nod to eccentricity.

The 16th century Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa (www.palladiohotelspa.com) on Giudecca Island in Venice is rated #13 of 410 hotels in Venice by tripadvisor.com users – a testament to its quality. With design attributed to Francesco Palladio the hotel is a core part of Venice history.

Being situated on an island 50m from St Mark’s Square the hotel provides a water shuttle to “mainland” Venice. The B Mare solar powered shuttle boat trundles across the Giudecca Canal with no carbon footprint at all. A small nod in the direction of sustainability, but an important one in vulnerable Venezia!

Being across the water from the bustle of Venice, in the dawn light or evening glow you can sit on the terrazzo and admire Venice – eccentric in character and location – trundlin perfection!

The best city to live in, trundlin wise…..

September 19, 2008

Magazines frequently feature “list” articles, detailing “The 20 Best Towns for…..”.

I’m going to be no different, and will try to build a list of locations where it’s easy to live, within easy reach of some great leisure locations.

The easy option would be to list all the great holiday destinations! However my aim is to show how many great destinations are within easy reach of some major conurbations.

First up, and for no particulate reason, apart from the fact I spent some formative years there is Zurich, Switzerland.

Visit www.zuerich.com for a taster, and in a few days I’ll elaborate on what the area has to offer.

Update: Dec 2011 – This post has received thousands of hits over the last two years. Check back soon, for more detail on how to travel leisurely around Zurich and its environs.

Island life…..just.

August 21, 2008

Whichever country you may live in, or visit, any island is slightly detached, slightly eccentric to the mainland however close to shore it may be.

Whether you need to catch a ferry to get there (e.g. Catalina Island in California, www.catalina.com) or you can approach over a short bridge (e.g. Ile de Re in France, www.holidays-iledere.co.uk, or Hayling Island – www.hayling.co.uk in the UK) you will often find that the pace of life slows down a notch or two and the rythmn of life is slightly more eccentric than back on the mainland.

If you are looking for detachment and solitude then there are more remote Island options that I will no doubt visit in my blog in the future, but for a gentle break, not too far from the madding crowd, try Island life not too far from home.

What the island loses in physical distance will be more than made up for in mental detachment once there.

Catalina Island, CA, USA.

Catalina Island, CA, USA.