The scenic sights of Spain

THE haunting notes of Fernando, the sorrowful song about a Spanish boy, came sobbing softly from a grand piano as we sailed down the Mersey from Liverpool towards the open sea.


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Nigel Heath encounters his Cosmic Joker on a festive visit to France

I was really looking forward to our pre Christmas arrival in picturesque Lassay les Chateaux,  a ‘petite city of cultural,’ nestling amid rolling hills on a plateaux ninety minutes drive south from Caen.


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Browsing the markets of France

Travel writer Nigel Heath pays the price of ignoring a good intention on visiting a French market.


ONE has two choices when visiting a bustling French market in a large town some miles from one’s holiday gite, hotel or B&B and they are either to rise early and beat the traffic and the descending hoards, or to remain in relaxed vacation mode and arrive in the fullness of time.

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Walking the Thames Path: from the London Barrier to Staines

Travel writer Nigel Heath walks from the Thames Barrier to Staines with his friend Peter Gibbs.


IT was a magnificent September dawn just before the ‘Great Fire of London’ when we joined the mighty River Thames just upstream from its iconic barrier. No, my walking friend Peter Gibbs and I were not time travellers in a muddle.

We just happened to be setting out on the Thames Path walk to the river’s source in Gloucestershire as the final preparations were being made to set alight a floating replica of 17th century London to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the great conflagration.

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General election 2017: Who has your vote?

MONMOUTHSHIRE will go to the polls for the second time in five weeks on 8th June after a General Election was called by Prime Minister Theresa May. Continue reading

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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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