La Spezia wasn’t on the original itinerary for this cruise but we ended up there because of bad weather elsewhere. As we weren’t supposed to be there I had no plans but after a quick check on the internet I discovered it was very close to the UNESCO World Heritage […]

Mr Bell’s Mediterranean Cruise: La Spezia


After Sorrento the next port of call was Civitavecchia for Rome. Having only just visited Rome a few months before we decided to spend the day on board the ship enjoying the weather and relaxing. On day 6 we arrived at the pretty town of Portofino, probably my favourite stop […]

Mr Bell’s Mediterranean Cruise: Portofino


As we sailed into the bay the imposing cliffs of the city of Sorrento came into view. The ship anchored just off the coast and not long after 8 am we were invited to board the tenders for the short journey to the mainland. Sorrento is a lovely city and […]

Mr Bell’s Mediterranean Cruise: Sorrento



We docked in Palermo at 8:00am and after light breakfast decided to disembark and start exploring to see what this Italian port city had to offer. Palermo is located on the north western coast of Sicily on a wide bay in the shadow of Mount Pellegrino. After talking to the […]

Mr Bell’s Mediterranean Cruise: Palermo Sicily


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It’s been a little while since I posted anything on here but there’s been a good reason, I’ve been away on holiday for a couple of weeks. For my break I chose a Mediterranean cruise sailing with Oceania on their new ship Sirena. You can read a post about my […]

Mr Bell’s Mediterranean Cruise: Malta & Gozo


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Strawberry Hill House is a Gothic Revival villa that was built in Twickenham near London by Horace Walpole from 1749. When I arrived the house looked beautiful, its gleaming white exterior lit up by the sun. I had pre-booked my ticket on line so all I had to do was […]

Mr Bell Visits Strawberry Hill House



On the first Sunday of every month the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre opens its doors to the general public, it’s free to visit and gives a fascinating glimpse of the early days of air travel. Originally known as Royal Flying Corps Beddington Aerodrome, Croydon Airport began life during World War […]

Mr Bell Visits The Old Croydon Airport


Being just over an hours train journey from London makes Whitstable an easy getaway. It was warm but overcast on the day I’d chosen to visit but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this pretty little seaside town on the coast of Kent. Walking from the train station I headed […]

Mr Bell’s Day Out In Whitstable


The weather warnings were all over the news, it was going to be over 100 degrees in Los Angeles. What’s the best thing to do I wondered, it was obvious, get a car and drive to the beach. Bags all packed and car sorted we switched the sat nav on […]

Mr Bell’s Los Angeles: Hollywood & The Beaches