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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


Nymans House and Gardens is not your normal stately home. Unlike Petworth House it does not date back to William the Conqueror via noble families but to 1890 when a rich German Jewish emigre banker Ludwig Messel wished to set himself up as country gentleman and chose  a house in 600 acres set in [...]

September 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park is a gorgeous parkland of water, redwoods, rhodedendra and azaleas with a lively political, historical, military and sporting background. It was first given to his  half brother Robert Mortain by William the Conqueror, its owners after him were the aristocratic families the Howards, [...]

September 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Petworth House

Yesterday I visited Petworth House the home of the Percy family in West Sussex. I was motivated by a conversation I had with Alice Mansfield who had watched a TV programme on Petworth House called Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. Petworth House contains some eminent art works notably an unknown [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

wrapping up

Although 4 days was sufficient to see most of the sites of Munich and take the pulse of this vibrant city, I would have liked more time to get under its skin. I did not for example pick up on its independence drive. In one sense this is not surprising as the Bavarians are a proud people and Germany [...]

March 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Seeing the sights

Yesterday we visited the BMW WELT and the BMW museum and the Olympic Park which is nearby. BMW stands for Bayerischer Motoren Werken. They started business providing engines for aircraft for the first German Air Force but in 1929 took over another car company in Thuringen and went into car [...]

March 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Savouring Munich

I decided to orientate myself with a walk around the Old City after breakfast. The epicentre of it is Marienplatz where the town hall a vast Gothic edifice called Rathaus (Rat is German for advice) dominates one whole side. Sadly the square is a construction site. Most of the streets are [...]

March 14, 2018 // 0 Comments


Before leaving for Munich yesterday for a four day trip I was indebted to my colleagues on the Rust for their input. Henry Elkins recommended  a short but highly informative history of Germany by Neil McGregor , Melanie Gay Munich by Robert Harris and I was interested to learn from Neil  Rosen [...]

March 13, 2018 // 0 Comments


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

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