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Articles by Nancy Bright-Thompson

About Nancy Bright-Thompson

A widely-respected travel editor, Nancy is a past president of the Guild of Travel Writers (GTW). She and her husband Phil now run a horse sanctuary in East Sussex. More Posts


I have been critical of Sydney’s city but yesterday I spent the day exploring the harbour and coves and felt more positive. When I went to the ATM first thing I could see was Sydney was going back to work after the Xmas break: workers scurrying , lattes in hand, scrutinising their mobiles [...]

January 9, 2018 // 0 Comments


Daffers always says don’t trust a restaurant with panoramic views. To an extent you could say this of Sydney. As a harbour city, it’s up there with Cape Town, Vancouver and San Francisco. But there is a key word and that is Harbour. Go into the city and it’s an unhappy mish-mash of sky [...]

January 4, 2018 // 0 Comments


Yesterday proved a long day of travel. The party – after visiting two wineries – went to Blenheim airport, then a short flight to Wellington and from there a four hour flight to Melbourne with a two hour time difference. Bob’s visa application was messed up and at the check-in a [...]

December 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Adieu Wellington, hello South Island.

Wellington describes itself as the coolest little capital city in the world and it’s not a bad description. Cool must be the most used word here. Our Weta guide used it  in every  sentence. It’s certainly little too. You can walk around the city centre in 10 minutes and it’s no bigger [...]

December 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

A tour to Weta Studios

Today we went to Weta (the weta is an ugly New Zealand insect) to see the film studios of New Zealand’s most famous son and native of Wellington, Sir Peter Jackson. These are to be found in a suburb that is a mix of light industrial and residential. It’s not like the imposing Hollywood [...]

December 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hawke’s Bay

Yesterday we were taken on a trip of Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of North Island. New Zealand is a mountainous country with some peaks at 12,000 feet but you are never more than 80 miles from  the sea. We visited one such peak at Te Mata Park when legend has it the ancient god Te Mata bit a [...]

December 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

French Riviera And Its Artists/ John Baxter

This is the fourth book I have read on the artistic life on the Riviera. I am therefore tempted to ask John Pargiter to quote me odds on how long it takes any author to cite Somerset Maugham’s description of it as “a sunny place for shady people”. According to John Baxter, a [...]

November 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Walking on Devils Dyke

One of the joys of the coastal towns and cities of Sussex are their proximity to gorgeous countryside, so easily accessible. In London to reach the Chilterns from the centre would be an one hour trek. You can reach Devils Dyke from Brighton by car in 10 minutes. Yesterday I was deputed to do the [...]

September 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Summing up

Despite poor weather we all enjoyed the du Maurier piligrimage. Our perception that Cornwall was doing well was confirmed by a friend of mine, a local travel guide. He said that on wet Wednesday 12,000 people visited the Eden Project. His view was that a weak pound made travel to mainland Europe [...]

August 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Fowey and Helford Estuary

Though Cornwall is not the Riviera, for its range of locations and talented characters drawn there, there is still much to do of interest. On Sunday we went to Fowey on the river Fowey and opposite lies Bodinnick where Gerald du Maurier had a chalet style home and introduced Daphne to the locale. [...]

August 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

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