Steephill Cove

Another new sightseeing spot to check off our Isle of Wight list is up next – the quaint little hamlet of Steephill Cove. Tucked away at the foot of the Ventnor Undercliff area, and only accessible by foot it really is one of the Isle of Wight’s true hidden gems. From a distance it isContinue reading “Steephill Cove”

Blissful Bournemouth

Next up on our whirlwind tour of the South of England is the seaside town of Bournemouth. Founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the area was marketed as a health resort and the town received a boost when it appeared in Augustus Granville’s 1841 book, The Spas of England. The first mention of Bournemouth comesContinue reading “Blissful Bournemouth”

Surf & chocolate box sweet

From the endless sweep of beach at Sandown, which has a Ozzie vibe in the hot sunshine to the chocolate box cottages at Shanklin, the Isle of Wight has something for everyone. Shanklin has a sandy beach, a tooth achingly sweet old village and a wooded ravine, Shanklin Chine as some of its attractions. ForContinue reading “Surf & chocolate box sweet”

Books, beautiful books.

As we leave Retiro park I stumble upon this bibliophile’s dream! Open air book stalls in weathered little cabins . . . . You can find this cornucopia of the written word on a small pedestrian street known as the Cuesta de Moyano. Running down from El Retiro Park to the Glorieta de Carlos VContinue reading “Books, beautiful books.”