Portuguese paradise Island Madeira – not just for pensioners

The volcanic island of Madeira has a lot to offer Madeira is popular with pensioners. This was confirmed to me during our February holidays. And it’s ok. Even though we are family with teenagers. And February is a fine time to visit, if you can live with temperatures between 13C and 22C, and light showers.… Continue reading Portuguese paradise Island Madeira – not just for pensioners

Scenic Sorrento Peninsula and murky Naples

End-of-season trip to Sorrento Peninsula and Naples H.C. Andersen, Freud, and Goethe knew how to find good accommodation, without the use of Google: They have all visitedĀ Grand Hotel Cocumella, a former monastery and Latin grammar school in Saint’Agnello, a 10-minutes stroll from Sorrento. Cocumella has a lush convent garden, shady benches, and a large terrace… Continue reading Scenic Sorrento Peninsula and murky Naples

Aha! experiences in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

Japan recently moved up my list of interesting travel destinations. Previously, I associated the country primarily with advanced consumer electronics, skyscrapers, crowds, stressed-out school children, and sushi. But, last month I visited Tokyo and Kyoto with my partner, and we had at least thirteenĀ Aha! moments in five days: 1. Tokyo is quiet and uglier than… Continue reading Aha! experiences in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan