I spent a gloriously foodie weekend 15th - 17th September 2017 at Abergavenny Food Festival - 'the Glastonbury of food festivals' in Wales, UK. Foodies came from far and wide to hear, and mingle with, chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers. All were there to enjoy, celebrate, revel in, and learn about food. There was so much to do at AFF that I couldn't manage even half of what I wanted to. But here's just a snapshot of all my favourite bits of AFF 2017 as I experienced it.
So August has ended, the kids have dragged their feet back to school, commuter trains are once again standing room only, and people are beginning to post 'jokes' about how many sleeps it is 'til Christmas. But let's not give in so easily - if it's only early September and it's 19° outside, then it's still a British summer, right?! So my Travel in Pictures Summer Season is extended for a couple of weeks longer, and today invites you for a stroll along the promenade to take in Brighton (UK) beach and seafront, and the wonderfully iconic, mesmerising and desolately beautiful West Pier. There's just no doubt that Brighton seafront is one of the top 10 reasons to visit Brighton. And arguably, one of the top 10 reasons to visit England!
The next stop-offs in my Travel in Pictures Brighton 'Summer Season' are two fabulous areas for wandering, hanging out day or night, and shopping - next to each other, but with quite different characters. First we're losing ourselves in the twisting maze of Harry-Potter-Diagon-Alley-esque, centuries-old, historic Lanes. And then we're treating ourselves to a bit of funky bohemia in the North Laine.
It's Brighton Summer Season throughout August here at Santé Bon Viveur, and one of my top 10 reasons to visit is Brighton Pier. It conjures up and offers everything that a traditional day at the British seaside used to be - fish and chips, a pint of beer, a stick of rock, deck chairs, the helter skelter, ice cream, fairground rides and the amusement arcade. The most visited tourist attraction outside London, I hope these pictures will give you at least a tiny glimpse of why Brighton Pier remains so popular....
It's Santé Bon Viveur's Brighton Summer Season all through August, and last weekend I - and 299,999 other people - had an absolutely fabulous time at Brighton's Pride festival. So now, let's Travel in Pictures to get just a taste of Brighton's fantastically vibrant Pride Parade 2017.
My Travel in Pictures feature is having a Brighton, UK 'summer season' throughout the whole of August! To kick off, here's my top 10 reasons why you should visit this uniquely wonderful, colourful, vibrant, hedonistic, bohemian city.
For the final day of Travel in Pictures: 7 Must-sees in Muscat, I'm taking you to the stunning and serene Chedi Hotel.
If you've got just 2 days in Muscat, the capital of Oman, there are 7 must-see places that you shouldn't miss. Number 6 is Old Muscat city.
Every day this week I've been giving you the essentials on 7 must-sees in Muscat, the capital of Oman. It's day 5 and we're headed, for some haggling and shopping, to the Mutrah Souq.
Welcome to number 4 of 7 must-sees in Muscat, the Royal Opera House. It's a glorious showpiece of contemporary Omani architecture that's not to be missed.
If you had just two days in Muscat, then the 3rd of the 7 experiences that I recommend you don't miss is the raw Omani life of the Fish Souq. It might just allow you to put a name to a face when you're enjoying seafood at dinner later!
Number 2 of this week's daily feature on 7 must-sees in Muscat is the astoundingly impressive and beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. If you've come all this way to Arabia, it would be criminal to miss this stunning piece of Arabic architecture, set in a vibrantly floral and peaceful landscaped garden.