In photos: Street art of Penang

We’re just back from an absolutely brilliant holiday in Malaysia, and of all the places we visited my personal favourite was Penang. It helped that we caught the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations, which transformed the historical streets of George Town, the small island’s main city, into a spectacle of red lanterns, costumed […]

Sicily pictures: Cefalù, Palermo, Tusa and Stromboli

In the days after the indyref, we escaped Scotland for a late summer/early autumn trip to Sicily. We were based in Cefalù, a smallish town on the Tyrrhenian Coast about an hour on the train from Palermo. If you recognise it, that’s probably because the seafront features in Cinema Paradiso. We also went to Palermo for a […]

Suilven, stags and Stac Pollaidh

Just back from another trip up north. This time we went back to Ullapool, as a base to explore Sutherland and the North-West Highlands. Top of my list was Suilven. I’d seen it a few years ago from a distance, but wanted to get closer this time (without climbing it, of course). We walked from […]

“Parla Inglese?”

Italian customer service is legendary. Everyone who’s experienced this wondrous, infuriating and frankly astounding phenomenon has their own story. Well, here’s mine. We were in the bustling Termini station in Rome, the great city’s main rail hub, on a busy Saturday afternoon. We wanted to ask about tickets to Florence for a possible trip the […]