An ergonomic desk in your hotel room and 7 other tips

1. An ergonomic desk So you’ve arrived at your hotel, and the room has comfortable bed, a wardrobe, a table that’s just the wrong height for you and let’s face it, you’d really prefer to sit on the end of the bed to write your blog post or send that …

London’s unofficial tourism ambassador

The cockney street cry could be heard over the London traffic – such is the power of his voice. Then I saw the top hat and blazer from across the street in Covent Garden. “Anybody lost or needs information…” he called, and soon he was pointing out a location on …

Driving through the looking glass

Driving in France is like driving through the looking glass – at least for those of us who usually drive on the left and sit on the right. The hire car was straightforward – I asked for the smallest they had, and it was only a little bigger than the …

Paris – an office to rival Versailles

Imagine working in a local council office. Now imagine that the view from your desk involved gilded statues and paintings worthy of a national museum? What if your office made the Palace of Versailles look plain? There is such an office. If you are the mayor of Paris (Anne Hidalgo) …

Then and Now: Van Gogh’s “Starry Night over the Rhone”

The journey from Paris to Arles took four hours by TGV (fast train) – just 8 months and 135 years after Vincent Van Gogh. His journey was a lot slower, but soon we were following in his footsteps – literally. A map from the local tourist office showed the locations …

Five reasons to record your travels

Have you ever returned from a trip only to find that after a few days it all seems like a dream? My first trip overseas was like that – I was mainly relying on my memory and just a few notes, primarily to record my costs. With that and a …

St Paul’s Cathedral

Popcorn cart

The White House