Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival

Symonds Yat

Today’s BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House show was broadcast from the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. You can listen to it online or by Podcast. Broadcasting House is a Sunday news show that reviews the weeks news and picks interesting stories from the newspapers. The Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival is held every year in this town in the Black Mountains, on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, right on the border between England and Wales. Some sources … Continue reading Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival

Train Fares made SIMPLE! (sort of)

Paddington Station

Before our recent trip to the Cotswolds I spent at least 10 hours studying the train schedules and fares for trains from the Cotswolds into London. The many types of fares was confusing and I could not easily figure out what fare was best for us. The schedules were confusing too, but as I got to know the area better, they started to make sense. There are only two train lines that go into the … Continue reading Train Fares made SIMPLE! (sort of)

Italian Vacation Rentals

I wrote my third blog article for the Tuscany Villas website. Read the article here: Everything you need to know about Italian vacation rentals. This is the third in a four part series about vacation rentals in Tuscany. Next week is recommended day trips in the Montepulciano area. Ann Reavis from TuscanTraveler will give recommended day trips in Chianti, an area she knows well because she lives in Florence. The blog articles lists some of … Continue reading Italian Vacation Rentals

Fresh Air Interview with Scott McCartney

Things are changing in the world of air travel. Airlines are merging, ticket prices are going up and things that used to be included in the ticket price are being charged as extras. Meals are not always included, some airlines charge for more than one checked bag, fees for overweight bags are higher, you may pay extra for early seat selection. On Thursday, Scott McCartney was on NPR’s Fresh Air. This was a very informative … Continue reading Fresh Air Interview with Scott McCartney

A Great Escape to Montisi!

Pienza, Tuscany

A group of my SlowTrav friends are leaving soon to spend a week together in Montisi, a charming hilltown just north of Pienza (Tuscany, Italy). Several years ago we spent three weeks in a house that looked out onto Montisi and loved being in this area. You are close to several great towns – Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d’Orcia, Montalcino – and lots of beautiful smaller towns. You can soak your feet in the natural hot … Continue reading A Great Escape to Montisi!

King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath

Bath is one of my favorite places in the world, and this summer it is going to be even better than usual. Starting on May 19 there will 100 pig statues, life size and individually decorated, all over Bath – King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath. In October the pigs will be sold at auction. There have been similar projects in other towns. The Cow Parade has been done in many cities. In Germany they did … Continue reading King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath

Knitting Socks

Knitting Socks

I like to bring some type of “project” with me on trips, something to do in the evenings or when taking a break during the day. During our year in Europe, 20 years ago, we were traveling light so I brought a deck of cards and played endless games of Solitare. After that I went through a needlepoint phase. Needlepoint projects are good because they are small and light, but take a long time to … Continue reading Knitting Socks

Finding Your Perfect Vacation Rental

I wrote my second blog article for the Tuscany Villas website. Read the article here: Finding Your Perfect Vacation Rental. This is the second in a four part series about vacation rentals in Tuscany. Next week is what to expect in Italian vacation rentals. It is interesting writing about Tuscany again. It brings back memories of our wonderful vacations there. I remember the first time I saw the main piazza of Siena – Il Campo … Continue reading Finding Your Perfect Vacation Rental

London gets a new Mayor

I am not an expert on politics in England, but thought I would post a summary of the results from Thursday’s local election and some links to articles with more information. The Labour Party, headed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, are currently in power (and do not have to have an election until 2010), but the local elections put Labour in 3rd place with 24% of the vote, after the Conservatives (44%) and the Liberal Democrats (25%). This is … Continue reading London gets a new Mayor