Freelance journalist specialising in people, places and travel

Dianne Boardman - Freelance journalist specialising in people, places and travel

Hi, I'm Dianne Boardman an experienced freelance journalist specialising in people, places and travel. Since 1988 I've written for local and national newspapers and magazines including Traveller, Wanderlust, Sunday Telegraph, My Weekly, The People's Friend, Manchester Evening News and The Review.

My travel articles

December in Budapest

December in Budapest

Published in The People's Friend

There were many reasons I chose to visit Budapest in December. Firstly it was reputed to be very hot and crowded in summer and cold and quiet in winter and the latter sounded infinitely preferable to me.

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The Delights of Western Crete

The Delights of Western Crete

Published in The People's Friend

This wasn’t my first visit to the Greek island of Crete, I had visited before with my family but we had concentrated our efforts on the popular Eastern side with its tourist resorts and the famous ruins at Knossos, full of ancient myths and stories about Minotaurs and Zeus and various warring gods.

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Berlin - Life after the Wall

Berlin - Life after the Wall

Published in The People's Friend

Last November it was 25 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. I remember, as most of us do, watching it then on the television, as I rocked my first-born daughter to sleep and contemplated the fact that the wall, which had been erected in 1961, the year of my birth, was now collapsing as the new generation of our family (my daughter was also the first grandchild on both sides) was beginning.

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Amazing Alicante

Amazing Alicante

Published in The People's Friend

Most people landing at Alicante airport head straight out on the fast road north towards the famous beaches and resorts of the Costa Blanca – to Benidorm mostly – and bypass the city itself.

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Liverpool Pirate Festival

Liverpool Pirate Festival

Published in The People's Friend

Every year hordes of swashbuckling buccaneers descend on Liverpool’s Albert Dock in a riot of clashing swords, heavy boots, great hats and flagons of rum or perhaps orange juice. They are all sizes and shapes – old and young, male and female, seasoned and unseasoned. They arrive by train, bus, car and galleon. This is the annual Pirate Festival and it’s a great day out for absolutely everyone.

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Alternative Algarve

Alternative Algarve

Published in The People's Friend

Cliff Richard was being interviewed by the Euro Weekly News in Portugal where he lives a good part of the year now, when he said “If I could choose one place then I think I would choose the Algarve. There’s a peace here that I find nowhere else.”

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Latest from Dianne’s Discoveries

Bryant Park

Bryant Park

New York City’s Rockefeller Center might be the most famous place to go skating in Manhattan in December, but some days you don’t so much skate as get zoomed along shoulder to shoulder in the crush.

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