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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

A blight upon the Earth

I trust it would not be wholly outrageous if I was to posit that I am no more and no less than an ordinary human being in that I probably harbour a range of subconscious prejudices against all manner of things and people in addition to those I openly admit. In which context let me proclaim that my [...]

April 9, 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

Fully institutionalised

We are now all settled which raises another Rust travel debate as to whether you return to the same place or explore new ones. I am in the latter category and for that reason was never attracted to a second overseas home. Aside from the commitment you are subject to currency fluctuations and local [...]

April 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Promenade Des Anglais

As our group strolled the Promenade Des Anglais yesterday morning in the brightest of weather with a turquoise sea I was sad that our cycling correspondent Guy Danaway was not with us as there was a terrific exhibition of photographs on it called The Tour in Nice to celebrate Le Grand Depart from [...]

March 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

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