I have been very remiss in not posting on here. It’s been almost two years. I have no excuse other than it’s always one of those “tomorrow” jobs which just gets pushed further and further away.

Well, not much excuse right now.

Someone summed up the current period as one of “unprecedented uncertainty” and that seems true – never have billions of people around the world been told not to travel and just stay indoors.

Last weekend I had the lead article in the Sunday Times travel section – about swapping your usual favourite Italian spots for “equivalents”  (tongue somewhat in cheek) in Britain. (Did you know Birmingham has more canals than Venice?) Even that seems optimistic now, but we can all dream about better times ahead and about those bucket list trips we want to do when we can travel freely again.

You can go to the article if you click HERE

Till then I will try and be better at posting on here, so we can armchair travel together. Where’s on your to-go list?

Stay safe folks. And WASH YOUR HANDS.


OK, this one isn’t new, it’s 65-years old, but the Hotel Quelle has been given a szhuzsh and it’s certainly something nice to day-dream about on the 7.41 to Paddington this dull November Monday.

The hotel  is located between the Dolomites and the Rieserferner mountain range in Northern Italy. (Innsbruck airport is the nearest, a two-hour drive away.) Outdoor activities here include guided alpine hikes, bike tours, e-bikes and Nordic walking in the warmer months, and cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, snow shoeing and sledding in the winter.

If you do all that you can justify attacking the breakfast buffet with healthy and organic choices including freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices, organic bread, “farmer’s corner” and cooked breakfasts from the kitchen. At lunch, a daily traditional South Tyrolean or Italian menu is served along with a salad buffet and soup. In the evening, a beautifully prepared à-la-carte menu offering up to seven courses.

There are seven pools, an adults-only spa and a separate families’ spa.

If you fancy a stay six nights’ full board are from €840pp when two share a double room.

Quelle at night with pool

Quelle Vital Garden

Infinity pool in summer

Bio Alpina Suite

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Relax Room

Cross Country skiing