Author Archives: Sarah
How to plan a responsible holiday Do you know how to plan a responsible holiday? As a traveller, you will certainly have an impact on both the culture and environment of the place you are visiting. So here are some useful rules of thumb to make your impact a positive one: Avoid short-haul and indirect flights whenever possible A flight will dwarf all other elements of your holiday in terms of carbon emissions. Use online calculations such as Climate Care to learn...

Four Seasons, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: The Red Sea Riviera Hailed as the Red Sea Riviera, Sharm El Sheikh is located on the Egyptian coastline at the very tip of the Sinai Desert – a small triangle of land linking Asia to Africa via the famous Suez Canal. It is a land of many biblical references, such as Moses’ journey to and from Israel to Egypt. It has an unforgiving landscape of dramatic arid peaks, granite outcrops and dusty dry roads leading to remote sounding ...

Round Hill, Jamaica: Pineapple Perfection It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I booked my trip to Jamaica but my worries about safety were totally unfounded. It appears that we’ve been swamped with misinformation – the island and its people are a showcase for the Caribbean at its best. Our first tastes of Round Hill were delicious. Blissful tranquillity, twenty-first-century comfort and luxury without pretension, combined with privacy and that precious...

The Fortress, Sri Lanka: The Irresistible Island Sri Lanka is a crazy country but I love it. The island is caught in the classic paradox of where there’s good there’s bad. Despite the politically charged war that has raged in the north-east for thirty years, the rest of the island sees Singhalese, Tamils and Christians living and working together in harmony. And this provides Sri Lanka with an atmosphere of calm – just one of the teardrop-shaped island’s many c...

The Pull of the Tide - Hopewell Rocks The Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy are an example of land formations created by extreme tidal erosion.  Also known as the Flowerpot Rocks for their distinctive shape, the tallest of them stand at seventy feet, towering above the low tide.  The Bay of Fundy acts like a narrow funnel here, compressing the water into a tighter and tighter spot, pushing it up into the Hopewell Rocks.  An illustration of the world’s biggest tidal r...

Horrid History - A slice of British past in St John, Bay of Fundy 'In May 1783, 'Seven ships lie anchored in the Bay of Fundy, off the mouth of the St John River. The passengers aboard are a curious collection of refugees - they are farmers and doctors, carpenters and lawyers, craftsmen and soldiers - people of every age, from all walks of life. As they gaze grimly upon the rocky peninsular and the Fundy mud flats sprawling before them, they share a common longing for th...

St Andrews - Bay of Fundy Green Fingers at The Kingsbrae Garden Opened in 1998, The Kingsbrae Garden in St Andrews defies its fifteen years' youth.  A horticultural show of excellence that has been described as a 'garden for all seasons', Kingsbrae is a home from home for English green fingers.  Visitors are welcomed in to the twenty-seven acre garden by their mascot, a giant ladybird, who will direct you to the rose garden where one thousand aphid-munching ladybirds ...

Dear Readers, Today we arrived on Prince Edward Island and went straight to Brackley Beach. Protected from the elements by a long spit, the north shore beaches have a pinkish, soft sand. At Brackley, we met sand sculptor and art instructor extraordinaire, Maurice Bernard. He truly is a sandcastle pro! He had us collaborating on a giant sandcastle all together and tutored us in his craft. After this introduction we broke into teams and had a very competitive ‘sandcastle-o...

Minister’s Island, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick New Brunswick is all about space.  Huge wide open swathes of untouched forest, lakes and coastline.  The Canadian stretch of the Bay of Fundy stretches from the Tantramar Marshes in the north to St Stephens in the south; protected from the harsh Atlantic elements by the block of land that is Nova Scotia. There are also dozens of islets tucked into this area – I find myself picking out my island, plentiful as are they ...

  The Rose Lady of Vaucluse The Vaucluse region in Provence is the garden of France; each field is laden with sensory stimulants that will tantalise your senses hectare by hectare. There’s more packed into this tiny corner of Provence than the rest of France put together, and this includes that queen of the Perfume world, the rose. The Rose Lady An hour after landing at Marseille, we knocked on the door of a chic town house in Fontaine de la Vaucl...