I have worked in the travel industry for over 25 years and have been fortunate enough to have escorted groups to most parts of the globe. However, I still get a huge buzz of excitement before setting off on another new adventure with Great Rail Journeys and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with each and every new group of customers.
My hobbies are The Archers, reading, theatre, my allotment, horseracing and walking with my Dalmatian, Jasper, through the beautiful Surrey countryside.
The journey through France and Switzerland to Milan.
It may not be a much-celebrated journey, but it features on so many tours as we travel into Italy. The countryside is beautiful and soon gives way to magnificent mountain views and lake vistas, making a full-day's travel a true pleasure.
It's difficult to choose a favourite tour as each and every one has its own appeal, but I have to admit to a particular soft spot for tours to Italy and France. Oh, and Switzerland, Spain, not forgetting the USA, of course, and then there's Canada, Japan... you see what I mean!
If pressed, I'd pick Stresa & Lake Maggiore, which combines breathtaking scenery, a relaxing base and superb railway journeys.
Great food, fascinating cities, lovely weather, delightful people… need I go on?
I cannot better the Great Rail Journeys advice to practice walking up and down stairs a few times with your packed suitcase - a bag that is too heavy can easily spoil your holiday. Travel light and treat each day as a new adventure!