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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

Gravetye Manor

As – to use a vogue phrase – a circuit breaker from the daily domestic routine, I made a reservation sometime ago for lunch yesterday at Gravetye Manor near East Grinstead. I had only heard good things of a hotel which was once the home of Victorian gardener and writer William Robinson [...]

October 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

Great Dixter Gardens

Yesterday I visited Great Dixter Gardens. These are the brainchild of gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust. I was disappointed. The first negative is that the Gardens are not that accessible. They are to be found to [...]

September 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Riviera/A History In Pictures/BBC4

Since lockdown it’s been meltdown for the travel industry and not the most upbeat of times for me. I was heartened therefore to watch a programme on the history of the art of the Riviera last week  which brought many memories of Rust trips there. The first part, narrated by Richard E Grant, [...]

July 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Winter warming

There are those including me and several Rusters who cannot face the rigours of a British winter: the cold and a cold, dark nights etc. Feelings of gloom are especially prevalent this time of year when the credit card bills descend and Xmas did not go not quite as expected. November and February [...]

January 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Final day, summing up and travel

We all spent one week within the luxurious confines of the Mamounia.  Almost out of guilt a trip was planned to see the sun set on the amber walls of El Fna Square aspected by the Atlas Mountains but there was not that much enthusiasm primarily as we had seen already this in better light and [...]

January 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Day three

As the politicians say “I have nothing more to add” to the two posts on Marrakech and the Mamounia, but of course I will. We flew British Airways, an airline that has made huge profits under the stewardship of Willie “Slasher” Walsh but also has had a strike, left passengers [...]

January 11, 2020 // 0 Comments


We both started and ended our trip at the beautiful Rotterdam Central station. Rotterdam is Holland’s second city and as its denizens like to say “Rotterdam makes it and Amsterdam spends it.” It’s also the fourth largest port in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of Art has to be seen in [...]

December 21, 2019 // 0 Comments


To Delft on a trip organised by Alice to pursue her interest in the Golden Age of Dutch art. We are based in Delft famous for its ceramics, the birthplace of Johannes Vermeer and midway between Rotterdam and The Hague. We decided against air travel. I cannot  take the crowded airports, the [...]

December 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Scheduling an itinerary

When I worked in the travel industry one of the hardest things was to schedule an itinerary that pleased the clients. You must always remember that clients can often arrive exhausted after their air travel and the last thing they want is to tramp around a crowded tourist site. You therefore need to [...]

November 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Kobe Herb gardens

We Rusters are a perverse crew. We have one staffer who is so afraid of hospitals he once passed out in one and not as a patient, Bob lives in a marina but has no interest in boats and I have large garden but my knowledge of and interest in plants are scanty. However wherever I travel I always [...]

November 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

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