Hey, my new BLOG is HERE,
if you haven't read it yet...
An important PR contact kindly took me to lunch at Marco Pierre White's new Wiltshire pub restaurant, the Pear Tree. I wrote a piece about it in my new 'What's it REALLY like?' section HERE.
Meanwhile I've been helping produce a magazine for a Bath council, writing for Lexus and BMW, and planning my next trips. I realised I'm not going to be able to do that car book but I hope I can do the mountains book, we're still negotiating that one.
Preparing for the big one
Suddenly two people want me to write books - one about cars, one about travel. I'll investigate and see if I can do them both, although there's another issue of the BMW Magazine coming up that needs my Editing skills too.
Taken a few trips to London, Wales and Dorset but bracing myself for he big one - 77-miles on the South West Coast Path in August. That's for a national newspaper. I'll be trying to encourage my family to keep up with me up and down the cliffs of North Devon. Wish me luck with the weather...
and a new book
I'm just back from an interesting trip to Sweden for the Mail on Sunday. I always like Scandinavia, despite the price of food and drink.
On this trip the prices stopped me drinking altogether: £7 a beer, £40 a bottle of wine. Just one darned ice cream cornet cost me over £6.
But Stockholm was beguiling as usual. One day I'll go back for a really long stay. It feel like the best city in Europe to live in - although you can't really tell till you've done it. Give me a house on the archaepelago...
Rural Sweden was neat, green and watery. Maybe not as exciting as Norway or as moody as Denmark and Finland though.
Got back to an invitation from a PR pal to go straight away again (press trip to swanky hotel in Switzerland) but I'll have to turn it down. There's no work in it and I've got a family trip to Wales on Sunday and a trip to the Isle of Man next week.
I'm also negotiating a UK travel book deal with a major publisher that looks pretty close now. That's going to take up a lot of this summer if it happens. Stay tuned...
My Sweden travel blog is HERE
Trying to look cool and failing again. Simon dangles in a bubble seat from the roof of the cool open-walled triangular Spa Bar at the Clarion Sign Hotel in Stockholm. Read his review of the biggest hotel in Stockholm HERE.
Hard at work again... sampling the particular brand of luxury available on Oceania's Insignia cruise ship off Italy. Someone's got to do these dirty jobs
International photographer Simon
Stuart-Miller almost succeeded in
making Simon look the part outside
Gstaad's fabulous Bellevue Hotel
Simon explored beautiful wooded
Simon was one of the first
Simon and his family hard at work
In Norway Simon stayed at the charming village of Hovden where a small helicopter training school
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