Uganda – First Impressions

Uganda – First Impressions

When I agreed to come out to Uganda to work as a volunteer for Child’s i Foundation, I had very little idea what to expect. The decision was made rather on the spur of the moment.  It was early December, and one minute I had no plans for January, …
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Uganda – A New Adventure

Uganda – A New Adventure

2018 is going to be the year of what may well be my biggest adventure yet.  The day after tomorrow I’m off to Uganda, and I won’t be coming home again for nearly four months.  Eeek! You might think a huge trip like this is something I’ve been …
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Digging for opals in Coober Pedy

Digging for opals in Coober Pedy

We humans are obsessed with shiny, sparkly things, going to phenomenal lengths and expense to get our grubby little hands on gems like gold, rubies, diamonds and emeralds.  Wars have been started, lives have been cut short, and enormous fortunes have been won and lost scouring the earth in the&…
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How to grow a pearl

How to grow a pearl

Ah, pearls.  Those gorgeous, lustrous, perfectly round jewels that seem to glow and shimmer with an internal light, like a full moon, or a lightbox, or a text message that wakes you in the middle of the night.  We’ve all seen them, some of you may even have some –&…
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An unhelpful guide to… Poland

An unhelpful guide to… Poland

Recently, I was lucky enough to be offered an all-expenses paid trip to Poland. Whaaaaaat?  That sounds amazing!  I hear you cry. Ok, perhaps I misrepresented somewhat.  What I meant is: I was sent there for work – to film three stories for a British food-related TV series.  But all…
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A week in Umbria. Part 3: Assisi

A week in Umbria. Part 3: Assisi

I recently spent a week exploring and photographing the gorgeous Italian region of Umbria.  Click here for a look at Todi and Orvieto. Of course no trip to Umbria is complete without a visit to Assisi, the jewel in the region’s crown and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  And …
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A week in Umbria. Part 2: Orvieto

A week in Umbria. Part 2: Orvieto

I recently spent a week exploring and photographing the spectacular Italian region of Umbria.  Part One of my journey is here. After spending a few days relaxing and exploring the area around Todi, the next stop on the tour was the fabulous old town of Orvieto. Orvieto is one of&…
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A week in Umbria. Part 1: Todi

A week in Umbria. Part 1: Todi

The majority of visitors to Italy make a beeline for the big-hitting, headline attractions: Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast…  But if you want to avoid the crowds while still soaking up Italy’s gorgeous scenery, fantastic weather, and incredible cultural heritage, you could do a lot worse than ignoring …
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Memento Mori in Naples

Memento Mori in Naples

With its fabulous food, edgy culture and seaside location, Naples is becoming an increasingly popular city break destination. Where once tourists simply passed through en route to the Amalfi Coast, today more and more are stopping off for a few days to explore Naples’ narrow alleyways, enjoy some of the …
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The wall art of Naples – where old meets new

The wall art of Naples – where old meets new

Naples is one of Italy’s largest, oldest, and most colourful cities, and like any Italian city, it’s full to bursting of centuries-old art.   From its UNESCO-heritage-labelled Centro Storico, to the stunning hilltop monastery Certosa di San Martino, the city is generously sprinkled with palaces, churches and grand houses – …
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