One woman’s passion for travelling off the beaten track

An entirely subjective travelogue in words and pictures

Slide thumbnail

Essential BITs

This is the story of my travels recorded in words and pictures – my own window on the world.  (Find my blog posts  under the Countries tab.) I’m not going into competition with Lonely Planet. This is an entirely subjective travel guide, in the main reflecting my own impressions and experiences, been there, saw that, thought this. Although, when I come across an intriguing piece of information that’s novel to me I can’t help but include it. It gives me huge pleasure to share what I see and feel and I’m always keen to know if others agree or, even better, feel inspired to visit a place I have written about. My aim is that you should feel what it’s like to be there. Where

Most of my more extensive travel has taken place over the last ten years and these more recent blogs are generally longer and the images of higher quality. Farther back in time I committed fewer thoughts to paper, my camera wasn’t nearly as good and I’d had much less practice. There are a very few countries, in Europe, visited in Ancient Times, when I was younger, for which I have nothing good enough to use at all. Apologies for these and the pages that contain poorer, little or no material. I shall have to go back and do better!  More about Sue >

Ask for travel advice, compare notes or just start a conversation…

Be alerted when a new post appears on Because It’s There


The little fishing villages are delightful, the views from the headlands to picturesque rocks (artistically arranged on sandy beaches and bestrewn across an emerald hued sea), France and the other Channel Islands are wonderful. It’s one long pageant of variously striped and decorated fortifications: castles, forts, towers, Martello towers, artillery batteries and seawalls.


England deserves a special page. It’s country number 1.  I was born here. I’ve lived here most of my life. England has rightly been described as the most  diverse island in the world. Every few miles the scenery changes and it’s nearly always rewarding, and often amazing. I could easily write a whole book on England, so instead here are a selection of my favourite photographs.

Faroe Islands

The scenery today is nothing short of breath-taking, with soaring mossy peaks, waterfalls, patches of huge yellow buttercups (the national flower) and wild cobalt sea shores. The Faroes are definitely worth a place on a bucket list. Think colourful Iron Islands.


I hadn’t realised how huge and sheer the face of The Rock is. It’s the first thing I see when I disembark the plane. It’s grey and brooding and there’s cloud hooked right across the two main peaks, which is a little frustrating when Spain to the north is basking in bright sunshine.