I love Happisburgh beach

It’s the time of year to blow away those cobwebs and get out to the seaside. I love to head to the coast over the Christmas/New Year holiday period and take in some of that fresh sea air and make plans for the coming year. One of my favourite beaches on the Norfolk coast is…

Not what I expected

“There’s a local market this evening. In fact it’s very local as all you have to do is step out of the hotel and turn left at the Spar and there it is, all along the high street.” That’s the thing about resort-based holiday reps, they have all the local knowledge. “It’s open from 6…

Siurell

The guy in the souvenir shop struggled to find the English words to help us understand the story behind the Siurell whistles that had caught our eye. The colours are not unlike those of other traditional figures we’ve seen before, namely those representing the Mexican Day of the Dead. The guy told us that the…

“I don’t like to complain, but…

It’s early evening in a Spanish restaurant and that means we’re surrounded by fellow holidaymakers. An earlier experience in Madrid taught us that the locals don’t eat until late, which is the foundation to the gag: What do you call someone in a Spanish restaurant at 6.30? A tourist. The elderly couple at the next…

In the dark

This is a true story. It didn’t happen to me but I’ll recount the events exactly as they were told, out of respect for the one who suffered. “They have some sort of energy saving thing going on in the toilets. When you open the door it’s dark but it detects movement, so the light…

The rain in Spain

The brilliant white houses and hotels with their flat roofs and outside staircases give Cala d’Or a look unlike I’ve seen anywhere else. Against the slate grey sky the buildings are Persil White and when the rain eventually stops and the sun breaks through I regret leaving my sunglasses at home.The trees seem to bear…