Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Travel: Bristol and beyond - an exciting new venture

The day has finally come for me to announce two very exciting things for Oyster & Pearl. I haven't written a blog post in over a fortnight but there is a good reason for it, honest. Here's what I've been up to.

The first exciting news is that I've written and photographed a whopper of a piece for July's The Simple Things, introducing Bristol in the My City regular travel feature. It was the perfect commission - giving readers a tour of my favourite haunts in the city I'm so proud to call home. In it, I take you to my favourite shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants, markets and hotels. And I share the hidden gems that only a Bristolian knows ;) I hope you like it.

The second, on the back of the first, is the launch of my new FREE travel guides, Diving for Pearls.

Now I know that loads of people write city guides and so I've made mine are a little bit different. If it's train timetables and hostels you want, well, there are Lonely Planets and Time Outs galore giving you all the info you'll need.

But if, like me, you prefer to experience a city from the inside out, to get lost and find the treasures that only materialise when you rip up the map, take a wrong turn, and generally enjoy being a flaneur, then I think you might be the reader for me.

Number one in the series of city guides is Paris, my all-time favourite city. Where else? My first visit was as a teenager when my mum and I drove the Channel Tunnel and hurtled headlong into the insane traffic around the Arc de Triomphe in our little Honda Civic. The most recent, back in December when we missed the flea markets, took the rickety lift to the top of the Tour Eiffel, and discovered the Passages Couverts de Paris.

Over the next weeks and months, expect more free city travel guides covering Copenhagen, Venice, Barcelona and more - all easy to find and download on my Travel page.

I hope you like them. Let me know (and don't forget your toothbrush!).

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