Florence: is it worth it?//photo diary

Florence has got to be one of Italy’s busiest cities in the summer. It is swarming with tourists, the narrow cobbled streets packed with people from all over the world – but all for good reason. The ‘birthplace of the Renaissance’, the city is a hotbed of history and art, one of the most unmissable…

Abetone and the Mountains of Pistoia//photo diary

Abetone is a small ski town in the mountains on the border between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. We visited on 1 August 2018, and like all ski towns in the summer, it seemed surreal – the chalets, built for snow, transformed by the green all around them and the colourful flowers in their window boxes, everything…

Bath: eating cake and thinking about Jane Austen

Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit Bath with my family. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, but it’s not an easy (or short) trip from where we live in North Yorkshire, so not knowing when I’d be able to return, I made sure to appreciate the city fully. Bath is a beautiful…

Bath//eat: Wild Café

10a Queen St, Bath BA1 1HE If you’re looking for a delicious brunch, lunch or afternoon cake stop in Bath, then look no further than Wild Café, a quirky independent place tucked away down a back street in the centre of the city, serving fantastic food and a cheerful buzzing atmosphere. ‘Simple food made with…

Cinque Terre//photo diary

The Cinque Terre (‘five towns’ in Italian) is a collection of five small fishing villages perched on the steep west Italian coast. Historically inaccessible except by small tracks, they are now extremely popular with tourists and are connected by trains which tunnel through the cliffs. Though very crowded in summer, their beauty makes them definitely…

Review: Anna Karenina

4 STARS Leo Tolstoy, 1878   ‘It’s like this. Suppose you are married, you love your wife, but you are attracted by another woman.’ ‘Forgive me, but I really find that absolutely incomprehensible… It’s as if… as incomprehensible as if, after a good dinner here, I were to go into a baker’s shop and steal…

Review: Murder of a Lady

3 STARS Anthony Wynne, 1931 “There’s something wrong with this house.” Republished for the first time since 1931 as part of the British Library’s ‘Crime Classics’ series, this cleverly plotted novel harkens back to the ‘golden age’ of crime writing, when mysteries like these were simply puzzles to be worked out by the reader, rather…