Following seven eventful years as front-line Editor of the Belfast News Letter, John Trew wisely opted for the quieter pleasures of travel journalism. Now, after 23 years and 270,000 miles, he is living proof that travel not only broadens the mind but the buttocks.
Valencia: a Tale of Three Cities
Friday, 13 January 2012
Travel News’ Award-winning Travel Writer JOHN TREW explores the Contrasting Faces of a delightful Citybreak Destination..
Award winning journalist and regular NI Travel News contributor, JOHN TREW heads to Perthshire with his grandson Simon to check out the child-friendliness of Gleneagles...
A DIRECT hit on an air-raid shelter in Bread Street during the Belfast Blitz eliminated most of my relatives even before I was born. That’s why I never experienced a proper ‘extended family’ holiday with cousins and siblings while growing up as an only child.
This month, JOHN TREW heads to Venice to try and escape the mid-winter blues.
Where did I go last month when I suffered a severe dose of mid-winter blues and needed to get away from our worst-ever spell of sub-zero weather followed by fog and floods?
It’s obvious - somewhere in the scorching summer sun of the southern hemisphere; golden sands crowded with tanned beauties in bikinis, and gentle surf which was warm enough to defrost my frost-bitten toes… right?
Wrong. I chose Venice, where I had only ever been in summer before; I soon learned why all the local ladies were wearing puffer jackets, four layers of make-up plus scarves and fur hats – they needed to keep January’s freezing fogs at bay as they travel on the open decks of the waterbus fleets which commute along the city’s many miles of misty canals.