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Ostia Antica – where is the mosaic?

8 August 2014 | Places

Lido di Ostia is the beach resort for Rome, it’s nothing special but convenient if you’re flying out of Rome Fiumicino, the main Rome airport. I had an early morning flight so I decided to stay there and have a look at Ostia Antica, it was the port for ancient Rome, b...

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Dolman Award Books – Take 2

25 June 2012 | Media

I’m chairing the panel of judges for the 2012 Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award, the annual award for the best British travel book. I’ve covered the first three contenders in an earlier blog. The next four on my reading list from the entrants: When in Rome – Mat...

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Assorted Books & Films

24 November 2011 | Media

I don’t just read travel books – although three recent novels also travelled through their pages. I really liked Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2011. Following the inter-connected lives of rock mogul Bennie Sala...

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Cruising Croatia (and Montenegro)

5 October 2011 | Places

I’ve driven up (or down) the Croatian coast several times over the years, the first time right back in the Yugoslavia era. This time I joined a bunch of friends to make the trip by boat. A series of often overlapping islands sprinkle the length of the coast, spectacul...

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A London List

3 August 2011 | Culture

▲ There’s plenty to catch your eye cycling around London. Like many London cyclists a spin round Richmond Park makes a pleasant little training run, for me it’s 10km there, 10km for each lap, 10km back. Richmond Park will feature in the Olympic Cycling Road Race eve...

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