Letter

A Letter from America

A big part of Stories My Suitcase Could Tell is encouraging ‘local travel’, the idea that if you treat your hometown like a tourist for a day, you’ll likely find there’s more to it than meets the eye. I did that for the last few years, on the island in the Outer Hebrides where I…

Taking photos at Luskentyre

On Leaving Home, and Loving the Hebrides

  Some say home is where the heart is, but I think home is different things to different people.  I think, although I cannot speak for us all, that home has a particular meaning for us islanders: for the Leòdhasachs, the Hearachs, the Uibhisteachs.  The Hebrideans. For those of us born and brought up in…

AnneFrankAmsterdam

Visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

It was on the flight from Inverness to Amsterdam that I turned the final, abrupt page of Anne Frank’s diary.  Standing in the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht, little more than 90 minutes later, with her words fresh in my mind, felt incredibly surreal. There can be few people out there who haven’t heard…

Brasserie OCCO

The Delights of Dining at The Dylan Amsterdam

Brasserie OCCO, leading to Vinkeles Amsterdam is known for both its history and its hedonism, home to all manner of ‘highs.’  But the high you should be looking for in this city is High Wine, just one of the unique dining experiences found at the The Dylan, the luxury boutique hotel that overlooks the Keizersgracht…