My second great granduncle, Arthur Bramah Diplock, outside his shop in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. How has lockdown been for you?My last blog post was a diary of my family's aborted trip to Morocco. It didn't make sense to write a traveller's guide (as I did with Madeira and Wales) because our trip was, within the first few days, rather more of an adventure … [Read more...] about My family history research led to some truly surprising revelations
Day One We arrive to warmer weather than we anticipated (32degC) and I immediately create havoc outside the airport in Marrakech, refusing to pay 200 Dirhams (20 Euros) for the three mile taxi ride into town. This is eventually reduced to 100 but it's too late, I've spied the bus. The driver appears and starts the engine. Just us and one other passenger. He assures us he's … [Read more...] about Holidaying in a pandemic: A short adventure in Morocco
In a previous post, I explained my wanderlust dilemma. I love to travel, but my circumstances mean I cannot do this as much as I would like. I am a home educator and as such I am 'economically unviable'. My partner has a job he loves at our local hospital and his income pays for our way of life. I am thoroughly attracted to the idea of worldschooling and I believe it … [Read more...] about Worldschool from home: Why and how?
Getting the short-haul fix City breaks and fortnights in the sun are mainstays of our culture and treated more as a right than a privilege or a luxury. This is made all the more possible by cheap flights on budget, no frills airlines to common destinations. It now costs less to fly from the UK to many parts of Europe than it does to get a train across England, and in some … [Read more...] about Slow travel vs fast tourism: Fly less and see more
After close to a month’s worth of travel, stays in the capital, in the hills of the interior and on the coast, we know this beautiful, green gem of an Atlantic island pretty well. There’s a very good reason why anyone you know who has been to Madeira will say they have been numerous times, or that they are planning to go back. For such a small island it packs in a lot. And, as … [Read more...] about Best of Madeira