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From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: The Robber of Memories

From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: The Robber of Memories

The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia by Michael Jacobs I had this book on loan from my local library because the title and blurb piqued my interest. It sat unread until it was recalled after several renews. Eventually, I purchased the Kindle version when I found the courage to pick it up and start reading. My father was robbed of his memory as was the author’s own father. At the time of travelling his mother was also suffering from dementia. Even after several years since my father’s passing, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a travel book that would inevitably delve into the subject of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In The Robber of Memories (£), Michael Jacobs follows Colombia’s Rio Magdalena from the sea to source. The river is so central to Colombian identity, embodying the spirit…

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Airline Review: Ryanair from Bournemouth

Airline Review: Ryanair from Bournemouth

We had been offered a holiday just 30 minutes drive from Malaga, on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. I spent some time looking for the best deals but most of those were from the so-called London airports at Luton and Stansted. By the time we drove there from Southampton and paid for parking the deal was not so attractive anymore. It was then I discovered that Ryanair flew from Bournemouth to Malaga. Although the flight was more expensive we could get there cheaply by public transport and not have to park our car in those ludicrously expensive car parks that are a feature of most airports these days. My initial reaction used to be to avoid Ryanair whenever possible. I have personally had some unpleasant experiences with them but, to be fair, I have had good experiences too….

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From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: A Year of Living Danishly

From Gordon’s Travel Shelfie: A Year of Living Danishly

This is the first in a series of book reviews from my travel bookshelf. Like most photographers, I prefer to be behind my Nikon than in front of it and I have an aversion to selfies. That’s not to say I’m against selfies; if that’s your style then go for it. You can tell a lot about people by their selfies. Just look at the different styles on Instagram. Many bloggers and Instagrammers feel it is a way to connect with their readers and followers and engage with them. Likewise, you can tell a lot about people by the books they read and like. So that is how I choose to reveal some of who I am by the books I like (and dislike) in Gordon’s Shelfie. First up… The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell Helen was editor…

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Review: Travel Cable Organiser Case

Review: Travel Cable Organiser Case

There is nothing more annoying than to pack the cables for my electronic devices neatly and then find on unpacking them that they have spent the time dancing together. Tangled in an impossible-to-untie mess of spaghetti they seem to have a mind of their own the moment the suitcase is closed. It is so frustrating to spend time undoing them before I can charge, connect or download. I tried elastic bands, ziplock cable ties, individual plastic bags and old spectacles cases. All of which managed to keep them from entangling themselves in a wrestling embrace. The problem was although they were tidy they went walkabout and buried themselves in the far corners of the suitcase, laptop bag or rucksack. The answer, for me, came in a nice package from Amazon (£). The BUBM Cable Organiser Case Made from splashproof, charcoal…

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Review: Cheriton View, Tenby – from Coastal Cottages

Review: Cheriton View, Tenby – from Coastal Cottages

Cheriton View in Tenby is in a street of similar Victorian houses common to many British holiday towns, and apart from its soft lilac colour, it could easily be missed. Looks can be deceiving though. I knew better than to judge a property by its outward appearance especially as the few days stay had been arranged through Coastal Cottages – Pembrokeshire’s premier holiday letting agency. I had previously visited Pembrokeshire and stayed at 1 Neylands Marina, one of their other properties. That property had wowed me and I knew I could expect something special from the current property in Tenby. Historically Tenby was a walled town with plenty of narrow streets. Parts of those walls remain and the tightly packed houses make it very pedestrian friendly and unfriendly to cars. Outside the walls, the developing town was built when visitors arrived by…

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Review: Kahvi Cafetière for Coffee To Go

Review: Kahvi Cafetière for Coffee To Go

When the Kahvi mug arrived and I took it out of the box I did wonder what was so special about it. It looked pretty much like any other travel mug. The cool Finnish design was outstanding and the kind of kit I would like to be seen out and about with. However, there had to be more to it than that. The Kahvi is actually a cross between a cafetière and a travel mug. On the packaging, it says “The cafetière that’s good to go”. The makers consider it a cafetière so I decided to stick with that name in the title of this post. A cafetière is what you make coffee in and not, as far as I know, for drinking coffee from. The Kahvi has been cleverly designed to be a hybrid of the two. The question…

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Review: Four Corners Cafe

Review: Four Corners Cafe

Four Corners Cafe was one of those finds you always dream of coming across in a serendipitous way. I had arrived at Waterloo Station more than an hour and a half before a scheduled meeting at The Sea Life London Aquarium and was looking for somewhere to settle down and get an hours work done. Out came my go to coffee app, Best Coffee (£). I discovered that there was an independent coffee bar a few hundred metres away. Using the map on the app I was able to find Four Corners Cafe easily. My route from near the London Eye did take me through what looked like London’s street art gallery – the long dark passage under the tracks out of Waterloo Station. Like many London cafes, they cater for cyclists in addition to walk-in customers. The first indication…

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Review: 1 Neylands Marina – The Wow! factor plus

Review: 1 Neylands Marina – The Wow! factor plus

Accommodation, of whatever type, that is well appointed always creates a good impression; that all important “Wow!” factor the moment you walk through the door. The marina apartment at 1 Neylands Marina that we stayed in had that “Wow!” factor in spadefuls. Everything was well thought out, good quality and tastefully coordinated. Anyone can create something similar that will “Wow” a guest but it takes a little something else to raise the accommodation to “Wow!” level plus. From the moment we stepped through the door we felt welcome. No one was there to greet us but, the owner and the agency Coastal Cottages had gone out of their way to make us feel welcome. Firstly there was a note from the owners welcoming us and a hamper with a handwritten card from the Concierge Service offered by Coastal Cottages. The…

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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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Review: Le Chardonneret Chaumiere – a thatched cottage

Review: Le Chardonneret Chaumiere – a thatched cottage

On many occasions I have driven up through Normandy to Le Havre to catch the ferry home. As I have done so I have seen the typical Normandy tan and mahogany coloured half-timbered thatched cottages. I always promised myself I would pause on my rush to the ferry port to explore the region and the rural architecture. Never did I envisage actually staying in a traditional Normandy thatched cottage. I found the cottage on the HomeAway website (£) at the last minute when a 9 day gap appeared in my diary. On the face of it seemed to be perfect but I have previously had experience of properties not being quite what they seem to be on the website. I made a couple of enquiries with owner through the website and was pleasantly surprised when I received a reply within a couple of hours….

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