Johanna Bradley

Girona exceeds expectations!

Barcelona undoubtedly is a fabulous fast-paced city, but if you need a little "time out", Girona is easily reached, full of quiet corners and arcades, and nestled within city walls with amazing views. Read the guide

Guimaraes- the historical heart of Portugal

Guimaraes is a bite-sized historical gem, within easy travelling distance of magnificent Porto in Northern Portugal. Lovers of medieval charm will be captivated by this European City of Culture 2012 Read the guide

An Algarve blessing at Easter

I'm not an especially religious person but I couldn't help but feel blessed to witness the Easter celebrations at Sao Bras, a small rural town in the Algarve, just 11 miles north of Faro Read the guide

A Dickens of a time in Grassington

I've lost my heart to Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales! This small town with a village atmosphere celebrates Christmas unashamedly, appealing to the child in me as I join in the torch-lit procession Read the guide

Romantic Richmond and its "Ivory Tower"

A mighty castle,a huge cobbled market place,an original Georgian theatre where you can appear onstage,walks beside the tumbling brown River Swale- fine ingredients for a special break,don't you think? Read the guide