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!
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 loacls - knowing that every season has its quirky bests things to do. Let the Flip Flop People guide you around Sofia
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
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.
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!
Boots ‘n All Travel is a fantastic guide to budget travelling: well written and with evocative photos.
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.
Abigail King left her medical career to follow her love of travel, taking with her a gift for writing and photography.
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