Interesting Links

Sometimes during research you find websites that are just delightful, full of information you can use, or that tickle the fancy or the taste buds - but have no direct relevance to your own site.

It seems that for those of you who are regulars, you might share similar interests, so I have started this new page to add some of those links. There is no commercial advantage for listing them but I think you will enjoy their content.

This will be an ever-growing list so I hope you return regularly and wander off on the web to satisfy your curiosity, your humour and your taste buds – but please come back or we would miss you.

Sofia Bulgaria beckons - and the Flip Flop People can be your colourful guides

Whether it is the best street food, etiquette of the country, or day trips from Sofia - this site is beautifully crafted and informative.

It's like having your best friend bring around a photo album and share all the best local haunts with you. Including honest suggestions about when the best time to visit is - but like all locals - knowing that every season has its quirky bests things to do. Let the Flip Flop People guide you around Sofia.

Kay Gail is The Travel Gourmet - and she welcomes your company.

Food, fascinating little places to delight in, recipes (yum, yum), and the personality of the writer - something that always makes good reading: join Kay Gail, the Travel Gourmet and start dreaming of your next fooodie adventure. Click here for an example of her visit to the Matisse Museum just north of Nice in France.

Barry Berndes has been directing people to the best of San Diego since 1969 via his 'The San Diegan'city guide in print or online

This link is to his overview of the Old Town. For those of us who have strolled here with friends or colleagues and soaked up the wonderful ambiance and delighted in the quirky goods on sale and taste bud exciting food on offer, this guide seems to be straight forward, helpful without faff, and generally the sort of thing to keep handy when visiting.

Italy and food - oh how they go so well together: Liliana Marquesini lets you share the recipes Momma made

Here is a site full of lovely stories and recipes that bring the passion of food and place together:

Liliana Marquesini comes by her love of good food honestly, with parents on both sides of her family having Italian heritage.

Travel with her and test the recipes…mmmmm.

Been there eaten that food

When a man loves trains so much he ends up running the busiest railway station in Britain, you have to think he might have some insight on train travel - and he does

Mark Smith is 'the man in Seat 61' and his website of the same name is the best guide to train travel you will be able to find. He even knows which sites in Europe quote which fares for the same journey and how to get around it.

As he says himself, his love of train travel led him as a young man to run away to join the circus (which was called British Rail at the time) and his career with the railways just fueled his love of life on the rails (so to speak).

Even if you never do take the train, you will enjoy reading this site. It is filled with Mark’s love of train travel and the excitement of the journey itself.

Informative, based on a deep professional knowledge of railways and how they work, well-written and entertaining, this site will lure you back to take a trip with The man in Seat 61.

What I know about wine is that I really like good wine - and with the help of The Wine Doctor, now I even know a bit about French wine

Chris Kissak translated his love of wine and desire to understand it into a truly marvelous website which has been his passion as it has evolved since 2000.

Chris specializes in the wines of Bordeaux and the Loire and his site is fascinating in its ability to not just give excellent wine notes – but to reveal the character of the appellations, estates and their history.

Well written and full of information, the site will have you off down to your best wine store and booking a trip to France.

Click on Producer Profile - then on that opening page click on one of the regions and then click on one of the Chateaux. There you have a descriptive history and a guide to its wines – and you will be an addicted fan thereafter!

The Wine Doctor

We are in a different era than travel on $5 a day - but for the budget traveller this is a great site

Boots ‘n All Travel is a fantastic guide to budget travelling: well written and with evocative photos.

Boots 'n All Travel

What has General Patton got to do with it?

It takes me a minimum of four long days to complete a page for this site. This is because of the way I travel. As I mention elsewhere, I like the adventure to unfold spontaneously and to wander and be captivated by what I find. Naturally I take lots of photos. I then come home to do my research.

Most travel writers I know work in the reverse order. Sometimes I miss “the big thing” but I seldom feel cheated for what I have found gives me a deeper insight into the reality and uniqueness of the place.

In the course of my later research I am often seeking the right example from history to illustrate a point – and it was in this way that I came to this fantastic page on General George S. Patton.

As most people know only what Hollywood has depicted of the great man, I thought my readers would also enjoy getting to know the real person and his passionate accumulation and use of knowledge.

Life of General Patton

If you wish you could just quit your job and travel - but can't - this great travel writer has done it for you to share

Abigail King left her medical career to follow her love of travel, taking with her a gift for writing and photography.

Visit her at The Travel Lab

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Join me as I explore the art and science of unusual journeys.

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