Betty and Garry’s BIG European Vacation – Part 6

Next day, after a tour of the impressive Royal Palace, a walk through the old quarter took us to the Metropol Parasol – a wooden waffle-like structure completed in 2011.  It is intriguing to walk under, over, in and atop this sequence of undulating parasols offering great views of the city in all directions. A […]

Betty and Garry’s BIG European Vacation – Part 5

Our next fast train took us into Spain – first stop Barcelona. Where to begin?! With an apartment right near Catalunya Square we were right in the centre for access to everything.  There is Las Ramblas, the 1.2km vibrant and lively promenade leading to the Gothic Quarter.  On Las Ramblas is La Boqueria Food Market […]

Betty and Garry’s BIG European Vacation – Part 4

Our host, Maurizio, recommended Billy’s Trattoria, a cavern built into the rock wall next to our accommodation.  We were not disappointed.  The food was locally sourced and exceptional, the local wine quite pleasant and the staff extraordinarily friendly.  With complimentary homemade grappa, limoncello and mulled wine to finish the evening it was just as well […]

Betty and Garry’s BIG European Vacation – Part 3

From Split we embarked on an 8 day cruise sailing the Dalmatian coast.  The aquamarine water was magical and each day we’d drop anchor and jump off the yacht into the crystal clear Adriatic.  Each night we docked at a different port of call – Markarska, Mjlet, Trstenik, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar and Split.  Our experiences […]

Betty and Garry’s BIG European Vacation – Part 2

Viewing a breathtaking sunrise from a hot air balloon floating over Cappadocia in Central Turkey – tick that off the bucket list.  Cappadocia is famous for its “fairy chimneys” and homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes and later utilised by   – many of these caves are still lived in today.  Our hotel suite in […]

Betty and Garry’s BIG European Vacation – Part 1

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” Like you, Michael Palin, I too am afflicted.  My remedy was to organise a trip to Europe, visiting some places on my list that I hadn’t yet ventured to. After […]

Amazing visit to Ireland and Chesterfield

Your son phones from Berlin and announces he has just gotten engaged and will be marrying in England in the northern summer. What to do? Contact Maverick Travel and begin planning a holiday around the wedding. That’s what to do. The wedding was to be held in Chesterfield, Derbyshire so Garry and I settled on […]

Trafalgar Coach tour by Howard Elmes – part 2

Prague is too complex a destination to do credit to in just a few sentences, so I will sum it up as simply a place well worth visiting. Following a second night in Prague, the coach moved on into Slovakia and a lunch time stopover in its capital Bratislava. Once again, free time is allowed […]

Trafalgar Coach tour by Howard Elmes – part 1

We have recently returned from a guided coach tour in Europe. This is the second such tour we have done in Europe but with an interval of almost 18 years in between. I recall before the first tour having some doubts about the whole concept of guided tours in general, as opposed to “Eurorailing” or […]

The Day My Imagination Ran Riot in Ravello by Margaret Sims

It started like any other day in Italy. We were waiting for an open-top bus to take us from Amalfi to the hill-top town of Ravello. I was looking forward to this day – a beautiful town and a scenic walk back. It was Sunday. The bus drove up crowded, narrow roads and stopped outside […]