Three French towns

Whilst traveling around Brittany and Normandy, travel writer Nigel Heath visits the picturesque towns of Vitre, Fougeres and Dinan.


“THOSE Romans must have done an awful lot of marching around here when they occupied Gaul,” I remarked as we drove arrow-like along one of the many straight and almost empty roads we had encountered on our holiday travels around Normandy and Brittany. Continue reading

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Travelling through Tasmania

Travel writer Nigel Heath takes a trip to Tasmania, the island off the south east coast of mainland Australia.


WE were bound for Van Diemen’s Land and what an amazing place Tasmania is especially as you can see much of what this stunningly beautiful and mountainous island has to offer in a two week self drive circumnavigation.

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South Island in late summer

Travel writer Nigel Heath dodges the storms to enjoy a fabulous tour of South Island, New Zealand.


BEING lucky with the weather is a bonus for most holidays in countries where wall-to-wall sunshine cannot reasonably be guaranteed and a tour of New Zealand’s mountainous South Island was certainly no exception as we were later to discover. It was early March, still late summer in this part of the world, when my wife Jenny and I boarded an inter-island ferry in Wellington for the three hour voyage across the often turbulent Cook Strait to Picton.
Many had told us that the voyage along the densely wooded Malborough Sound to reach the small port town, the gateway to South Island, was spectacular and we were certainly not disappointed.

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Viking long ship Danube cruise

Travel writer Nigel Heath embarks on a five hundred mile cruise on the long ship Viking Jarl.


IT was a glorious Sunday in autumn as we sped along the autobhan from Munich towards Nuremburg with the late afternoon sun turning thousands of beech trees to gold.

“We Germans call autumn ‘Old Granny’s Summer,” said our driver who was ferrying us from the airport to join the long ship Viking Jarl for an eight day, five hundred mile cruise through Germany into Austria and on to Budapest in Hungry. He did not know why but we were to find out the answer a little later.

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French village vacation

A spa town surprise was just one of the delightful stops on travel writer Nigel Heath’s trip to France.


THE charming flower filled French spa town of Bagnoles l’orne comes as a complete surprise to any unsuspecting tourist who has sailed from Portsmouth to Caen and driven along almost empty roads through quiet villages set in a largely undulating rural landscape.

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North island wanderer

A luggage mishap was the only speed bump on Travel writer Nigel Heath’s visit to New Zealand.


IMAGINE this holiday nightmare scene. I was at an Auckland Airport desk queuing to collect our New Zealand touring car when my wife Jenny suddenly demanded in a panic: “Where’s the black case because it’s not in the taxi?”

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A Sri Lankan odyssey

The exotic sights and tastes of Sri Lanka provided for a magnificent trip writes Nigel Heath.


THEY say every cloud has a silver lining which I reminded myself of when the heavens opened as our group arrived to pick up bicycles for a ride through the jungle on our tour of Sri Lanka.

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