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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

Wakehurst Gardens

Somerset Maugham observed that, as we have so few summer days in Britain, it is only fair that ours should be finer than anywhere else in the world. Thus on one of the few hot days – or rather one without rain – I was delighted yesterday to have organised a trip to Wakehurst Gardens in [...]

June 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Final day

Yesterday – our final one – we made the self-same stroll we did on arrival on Monday but with a great deal more assurance at to the topography. We crossed all 3 canals – Herrengraacht, Keizergraacht and Singel – and entered the old town through Dam square. Almost all the [...]

May 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

Amsterdam arrived and analysed

We actually made up the time after being given an earlier than anticipated slot. Schipol airport is a confusing, crowded place as you have to get past the flows of passengers making their way to departure gates. After clearing border control and customs there was no driver as arranged at the [...]

May 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Amsterdam Bound

When Alice Mansfield informed us she was off to Amsterdam to see the Rembrandt Exhibition at the Rijskmuseum she soon found ready takers with Daffers, Bob Tickler and myself. I was left to deal with the travel arrangements and sitting on board a BA flight and being informed there is an hour and [...]

May 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Adieu NIce

Yesterday the final remnants of the Rust party left Nice. It was a sad adieu as the apartment we rent may not be rentable again though Le gardien Frank doubted whether it actually was to be sold. Our fourth year in Nice supported the theory of diminishing returns. We have visited all Nice had to [...]

May 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Aviation archive

Travelling back from Nice yesterday on easyJet, I reflected on how much air travel has changed in my lifetime. When I first travelled by plane in the sixties, a national carrier like British Airways was the symbol of the nation and would not descend so low as to charter or budget travel. Buccaneers [...]

April 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Château at Nice

The Château at Nice is not strictly a chateau but the archaeological remains of one. Nonetheless the parkland around it being on a high hill affords superb panoramic views over Nice. Here they [...]

April 4, 2019 // 0 Comments


I too was pleased to return to Nice. As travel correspondent I have travelled far and widely but for the variety of each resort the Riviera takes some beating. It was in Edwardian times a winter destination but the story goes that it all started when an English traveller did not venture into Italy [...]

March 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Bye bye Grenada

It hardly seems a week ago that I posted on our aspirations for Grenada. These were more than met. The location, amenities and staff at the Spice Island Beach Resort were all superb. Though we only left the hotel twice, we felt we had experienced the island, particularly the Caribbean fusion [...]

March 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Grenada – flight and first impressions

I agree with Bob Tickler that British Airways (BA) have known better days as have their stewardesses. As we boarded the plane as part of long queue the stewardess confessed it was her first flight and showed us down the wrong aisle. The flight entertainment did not come on for 30 minutes into the [...]

February 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

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