Gordale Scar to Grasmere

As a parent, and a weekday City drone, the chance to go turn in early and sleep in hotel-grade comfort as long as you want is a dream, so lusted after as to almost usurp the traditional bedtime longings. And yet, given the opportunity, I often find myself awake early, annoyingly refreshed. So it was […]

The Trip to Spain: first look

As Michael Nyman’s familiar melancholy notes accompany the rolling credits, I have already begun forming a kind of review in my head. I’m not really in the habit of reviewing anything to be honest. That much is clear from my ham-fisted attempts at critiquing the food on our Trip last year. However, it seems remiss […]

The Trip 2017: where next?

As the dust settles and the bright autumnal days descend into a more wintry gloaming, the only remedy is to start planning the sequel. It won’t be Italy, or Spain. As discussed in my earlier post, Italy is a less achievable facsimile. And Spain, the destination of the completed but un-aired third series, is entirely […]

The Trip: setting off

I suppose the idea began the first time I saw The Trip, inasmuch as it started from an idle thought  along the lines of “I’d like to do that one day”. The first time I saw it was on its first airing in the UK, on BBC2, back in the autumn of 2010. Life was different […]