Dianne’s Discoveries

Dianne’s Discoveries

When I am travelling whether very far away or closer to home, I often come across little gems. Sometimes it’s a town or village that no-one seems to know much about, sometimes a hidden corner of a famous city or maybe just a fantastic restaurant. It might be a new food I’m trying, a fun festival or an experience that’s rather special or maybe it’s a quick and easy way to get around, find a bargain ticket or gain entry to somewhere not usually open to tourists. Occasionally it will just be a diary-style entry of a travel snapshot as I move around the globe to give you a insight or a smile. Whatever it is I want to share it with you and so I hope you’ll enjoy reading this blog and will take away an idea or two or at least have a smile at my traveller’s tales.

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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Glasgow’s Glorious Graves

Glasgow’s Glorious Graves

The People’s Friend Magazine thought that Halloween would be the perfect time for a graveyard story so on a wet and windy day I made my first winding ascent up the path to the top of Glasgow’s Necropolis where the usually magnificent view from the top was obscured by heavy soot-grey clouds making the dilapidated graves look even more forlorn.

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Bacchus

Bacchus

The cellar smelt dry and the chill covered our arms with goose-bumps as we sat on a long wooden bench and listened. The goose-bumps weren’t only from the temperature they were also from the stories being told by Peter, our Hungarian guide, tales of revolution and blood spilt, mingling with the wine that ran over these stone flags.

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Rosignano Station Café

Rosignano Station Café

I flew to Pisa airport with a view to driving around and exploring some of the Tuscan countryside but my first stop was at a little town on the coast called Rosignano, where my friend Paul kept his boat, an old character of a trawler yacht, called India November. He took me out to lunch in style at the Railway Station Café. It was a small cosy tavern attached to the platform with walls covered with art work, all of which was for sale. There was no menu just the day’s catch from the sea. Paul asked for the antipasti and what followed was a feast for the senses and set the tone for my whole trip.

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Bliss in Brussels

Bliss in Brussels

A feeling of the most sublime bliss washed over me and caught me by surprise. I realised that I felt completely and utterly content and all it had taken was a handful of every day pleasures to blend together in a perfect moment.

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