Corfu – our final Ionian Island

16 November 2021 | Places

Corfu is the northernmost of the Ionian Islands, at the southern end of the Adriatic Sea, almost at the heel of Italy. It’s not the biggest of the Ionian Islands in terms of land area, but it’s certainly number one in terms of tourists. The constant shuttle of cruise ...

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The Ionian Islands

15 November 2021 | Places

The Ionian Islands of Greece – Zakynthos, Ithanki (or Ithaca), Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxi (or Paxos) and Kythira are the seven largest and there are a host of smaller ones. They step along the western side of Greece, ending where the Ionian Sea blends in to the A...

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Mani Peninsula & Messenia Peninsula in the Peloponnese, Greece

10 November 2021 | Places

Having visited the walled town of Monemvasia on the Cape Malea peninsula, the second of the Peloponnese peninsulas moving west from Athens, we moved on to the other two peninsulas. ▲ Mermaid on the harbour wall at Gytheio ◄ Our second stop was Gytheio on the Ma...

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Monemvasia – a Greek walled town

8 November 2021 | Places

My recent travels have taken me to Norfolk and Northumberland in England, to the island of Ibiza in Spain and to assorted Ionian islands and along the Pelopponesian coast of Greece. Monemvasia is 300km from Athens by road, rather less distance by sea. It’s towards the...

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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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