March 18, 2015

Discover a wealth of culture in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam - image Zoe Dawes

The only sounds were the soft splashing of water on water and birds singing in the newly blossom-budding trees nearby.  Gazing at an intricate globe suspended above an oval pool, it was the perfect place to relax on a spring day in the heart of one of Europe’s most lively and dynamic cities. Amsterdam is […]

March 9, 2015

Cheerful ‘Chalandamarz’ festival in St Moritz

Cheerful ‘Chalandamarz’ festival in St Moritz

The sound of children’s laughter ricochets along the road as round the corner comes a long processions of tiny tots, youngsters and teenagers, brightly dressed in colourful traditional Swiss costumes. They pass by arm-in-arm, wearing their outfits with pride, delight and some looking slightly sheepish. The sun shines over the chic town of St Moritz, […]

March 1, 2015

Top travel safety tips for holidays

Top travel safety tips for holidays

Going on holiday abroad or in your own country can be a joy, but it’s always sensible to take a few precautions to ensure you say safe, don’t lose precious possessions and return home in one piece. Here is some practical advice based on personal experience. Make sure your luggage has secure locks. I once had […]

February 18, 2015

Sauruses invade Blackpool – Showzam!

Sauruses invade Blackpool – Showzam!

An unearthly cry rings out through the streets and earthlings flee as the enormous creature sweeps its prehistoric gaze across the crowds. It stalks through the scattering people, searching out its prey. Two more monsters join it and they perform some kind of weird, spookily hypnotic dance – a mating ritual possibly? Suddenly one spies […]

February 11, 2015

3 things to do in Arctic Tromsø, Norway

3 things to do in Arctic Tromsø, Norway

“An atmosphere of fantasy enwraps this northern land, more intense and apparent than in any other provinces …” On Arctic Norway from ‘Scandinavia’ by Doré Ogrizek Protected by undulating, snow-covered mountains, surrounded by icy waters, fjord-safe and imbued with exploration history, Tromso (Tromsø) has a maverick feel to it that gives an exciting edge. Situated 150 miles into […]

February 6, 2015

Cocktail hour at the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

Cocktail hour at the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

You know that feeling when all is right with the world? Yes, that one we don’t often get but when we do, we appreciate it in our very soul … Well, I had one of those moments sipping a vodka cocktail in the divinely decadent surroundings of the Chateau Frontenac Hotel in historic Québec City, Canada. […]

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Hi, I’m Zoë; welcome to my quirky world…

QUIRKY TRAVEL is about seeing the world from a different angle, looking at things from all sides, finding the unusual, the interesting, the fascinating. It’s about quality combined with classiness, it’s about being curious about everything and wanting to know more…

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