It's true, you can still find places serving all-day fry-ups with a large brandy on the side at the bottom of a Franco-era tower block that could give the Barbican lessons in concrete brutalism
Watching the Islay weather
Heaven and earth seem closer here than they do in the city
My Basil Fawlty years: a cautionary tale
I've belatedly got round to posting a story about my adventures in the hotel business which I did for CNN Travel earlier this year (2020), at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown. You can read it on their website using the link below. I've also copied it below in case they take it down. I … Continue reading My Basil Fawlty years: a cautionary tale
A winter trip to Spain, day 11: Hugh’s 6 and he’s getting a phone, ok!
Hugh's six and he is getting a phone!
A Winter Trip to Spain, Day 10: The Alhambra with kids
Its beauty alone makes it a deeply moving place but it has particularly poignant resonance in today's world as a reminder of how Islamic culture is in the DNA of modern Europe
A Winter Trip to Spain, Day 9: Why I was wrong about Spanish food and about kids and ketchup
Why I have recanted my views on Spanish food, and about kids and ketchup