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Review: DFDS Ferry Crossing – Newhaven to Dieppe

Review: DFDS Ferry Crossing – Newhaven to Dieppe

On my many trips to France I have taken every possible channel crossing possible with the notable exception of Newhaven-Dieppe. Having organised a trip to Normandy it was time to choose the crossing. The Newhaven to Dieppe operated by DFDS Seaways seemed a fairly convenient crossing depositing me on French soil about 90 minutes from my rented accommodation in Normandy. The first thing I discovered was the ship’s branding was not DFDS but Transmanche Ferries. Their bright yellow and white ship was definitely not the more muted navy and white of other DFDS ferries I had seen and travelled on. It’s complicated and has to do with who owns what and which company is the parent company but this is not the place to delve into that. It is enough to know the Transmanche Ferries are operated by DFDS. On…

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Where in the World (193)

Where in the World (193)

Last week’s twisted photograph proved quite a challenge. For some it was the presence of a river cruiser (green lights) but the main reason for the difficulty is that it was of a skyline that did not exist just a few years ago so was not instantly recognisable. Perhaps that is the reason why it was identified as Hamburg, its twinned city, Birmingham, Bratislava and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Tim (@timofnewbury) has a habit of identifying bridges and last week was no exception. He identified the bridge as Pont Raymond Barre and the city as Lyon, France. My thanks to @ama_v for giving me permission to use the photograph (below) from her Instagram stream. Congratulations then to the only reader to correctly identify the city, Tim (@timofnewbury). There aren’t many twisted photographs that have him foxed. This week features another skyline that has dramatically changed within the…

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Keukenhof, home of the tulip

Keukenhof, home of the tulip

It was back in the early nineties when I first visited Keukenhof. The trip was my first as a fully fledged travel writer. That was back in the days before iPhones and iPads and laptops, if you had one, weighed as much as a slab of concrete. The other day I discovered the VHS video tape I was given of Keukenhof on that visit and I don’t have anything to play it on. Never mind I have a memory stick with their promotional video on it that fits in my pocket. I remember that visit like it was yesterday. The sweet smell of hyacinths was all pervading with a hint of narcissi notes every now and then. Stretching away to a small lake was a palate of eye-searing intense colour. Tulips of almost every colour imaginable, narcissi of all shades from white…

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Malta: 8 Valletta Experiences

Malta: 8 Valletta Experiences

Back in the 1950s a young newly wed and her naval officer husband moved to the Island of Malta and immediately fell in love with the place. They settled in a quiet suburb of the capital Valletta and stayed for nearly three years. This year that same couple returned for a few days to the city they called home as a monarch and her consort. This time round it was not a navy wife following her officer husband to his posting but the naval officer husband (retired) following his wife as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. In November 2015 I arrived in Malta and, like the Queen, immediately fell in love with the island. Two things are certain: I will not be returning as monarch and I will not wait as long to return. I will write about several aspects of…

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