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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

Into the interior

Today we left Hambantota on the southern coast to go by coach to Nuwara Eliya in the interior just south of Kandy the seat of the old Singhal Kings and the venue for the second Test. It was a long, hairy journey of over four hours much of it in mountainous terrain with many hairpin needs with sheer [...]

November 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Getting to know Sri Lanka

First a geography and history lesson. Sri Lanka is the size of Ireland or Florida and has a 22m population of which 74% are Buddhists. It was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British as part of the expansion of Europe through trade routes in search of spices. In spite of the invaders there [...]

November 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bateman House, Burwash

On what may well be the last hot day of this glorious summer extending into autumn, I was delighted to be visiting yesterday Bateman’s, the home of Rudyard Kipling, just east of Lewes which he bought in 1902 for £9,300 which came with 33 acres. At the height of his popularity and fame Kipling [...]

October 11, 2018 // 0 Comments


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

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