A Winters Day in Florence

A Winters Day in Florence

I was rather on the sad side when I realised that the day we docked in Tuscany would be a very chilly one. I'd wanted to go to Florence for months since we'd begun docking regularly at its closest port city of Livorno, but work timings had always prevented me from getting too far away [...]

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One Night in Berlin (Peppermint schnapps, feta and big brass bands)

One Night in Berlin (Peppermint schnapps, feta and big brass bands)

For the last couple of years, I've spent several months a year living and working in the German city of Hamburg; and despite the fact that collectively those months add up to a significant amount of time, until this Autumn I'd never actually seen anywhere else in the whole of Germany. Which is pretty ridiculous, [...]

What to Do in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

What to Do in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

The small city of Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe is a beautiful, brightly coloured riot of colour, filled with amazing smells and sounds to match. As an overseas territory of France, the culture here is a mixture of French and Caribbean, and when I began tentatively winding my way up and down the quiet streets of the [...]

Ijmuiden (The Blusteriest Beach in all The Netherlands)

Ijmuiden (The Blusteriest Beach in all The Netherlands)

I'm going to be deadly seriously honest here, pals, and say right away that whenever I've been living on a ship that docks at Ijmuiden, this tiny town in the Netherlands has not been everybody's cup of tea. And this is for three main reasons: firstly because it's not a bustling busy city (the closest [...]

‘It’s a funny feeling to be in a country by accident’ (That time we got stuck in Italy)

‘It’s a funny feeling to be in a country by accident’ (That time we got stuck in Italy)

Once upon a time, the powerful forces of nature, Budapest airport, and the glorious company that is Ryanair all joined together in a magical but tragic alignment of the stars, and set off a chain reaction of events and strange surprises, the likes of which I couldn't have predicted even if I'd tried. And the [...]