• History,  Jamaica

    Port Royal, the richest and wickedest city in the world

    Sepia photo of old houses

    A short drive from bustling (and seedy) downtown Kingston, on a spit of land reaching out into the sea, lies the small and slightly shabby fishing community of Port Royal. Today it is hard to imagine that this secluded backwater was once described as ‘the richest and wickedest city in the world’. But its sleepy demeanour masks a notorious past.

  • Gambia,  Jamaica,  Namibia,  USA

    Wherever I lay my hat …

    Looking down at decking by a rocky coastline

    Top ten lists are somewhat invidious things. No sooner have you published one than you realise you have omitted something you should have included, or included something that on second thoughts might have been better omitted. So it is with some hesitation that I offer my top ten list of places we have stayed.