Tag Archives: heritage

Writing in the wild

It’s been a busy few months working on two new guidebooks plus the new edition of an Italian phrasebook, but here are links to a couple of my recent contributions in print. Every September, history and architecture buffs have a field day as countless private and government buildings across Britain throw open their doors to […]

All washed up: on the trail of South Africa’s shipwreck coast

Two minutes and twenty-seven seconds. I’m sitting by the pool, legs dangling in the water, timing how long it takes the current to carry a drowned fly’s corpse around one lap and return it to a spot in front of me. Every time I kick my feet, the late-afternoon sun refracts patterns that slither like […]

Great houses from little vineyards grow

On a clear morning, the last two hours of the flight into Cape Town are unforgettable. From seven miles up, I can see the lunar landscape of Namibia’s skeleton coast and the gaping mouth of the Orange River emptying into the Atlantic. Nearing our destination, Table Mountain, its peak obscured by a wispy tablecloth of […]