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Cindy-Lou Dale

Cindy-Lou has has written for Travel Africa, TIME and National Geographic Traveller. Her award winning features have been published in international in-flight magazines, as well as travel trade journals, luxury review publications, motoring magazines, business periodicals and, of course, Travel Industry Today.

 

Her roots are buried deep in a small farming community in Southern Africa, though she has moved a long way since then, having lived in Cape Town, New York, Nairobi, Beverley Hills, London and Brussels just to name a few.

 

Now, from her base in south-east England, Cindy-Lou regularly travels on assignment to far-flung destinations, gathering information, experiences and taking photographs used in her articles.

RECENT ARTICLES


GRAY-NICHOLLS AND THE BATMAN OF ROBERTSBRIDGE

18 APR 2019: The sleepy East Sussex town of Robertsbridge in Sussex is home to Gray-Nicolls who, since 1855 have been manufacturing cricket bats for some of the world's greatest players like David Gower, Mike Atherton, Clive Lloyd and Brian Lara.

 


MRS. MARTIN MASTERMINDS A CULINARY COUP
Cumbria’s assertions to having created sticky toffee pudding are untrue. The smart money is on Lancashire, by way of Canada.

11 APR 2019: From Michelin-starred restaurants and gastro pubs, to purveyors of fine foods at farmers markets, I’ve been having an on-going love-affair with British food since I moved here 20 years ago. On a recent foodie assignment in Cumbria’s Lake District I discovered a scandal as to who made the first Sticky Toffee Pudding.


THE UNIQUE FLAVOUR OF FOLKESTONE

10 APR 2019: Just 57 minutes from London by train and so near to Europe you can see France, is Folkestone, one of Kent’s numerous coastal towns. In the Creative Quarter, along its cobbled streets, you'll find quirky stores, pastel-painted studio-galleries, bespoke clothing boutiques, chilled out bars, chic eateries and cutting-edge art studios - which affordably house over 100 artistic enterprises in buildings which are a mix of restored-historic and designer-contemporary.


SOUTH AFRICA
Route 62 through the Karoo

03 APR 2019: It’s one of the quietest places on Earth attracting eccentric hippies, novelists, crafters, artisan brewers, chefs and funky hoteliers. Best of all, few visitors have heard of Route 62, let alone driven it – making it the least travelled highway in Southern Africa.


Dreams of Steam

01 APR 2019: Driving on a steam train is a dream shared by many, no matter what their age. This is time travel at its best. A steam locomotive train journey opens a window into the golden age of travel. It brings with it a sense of theatre - chuff-chuffing through the Sussex Weald and stopping at old-style stations, where British Rail train guards, dressed in black uniforms of the day, blow their whistles and signal the engine driver on, with people waving as you pass.


TASTE LANCASHIRE

26 MAR 2019: Lancashire is one of England's lesser known agricultural counties blessed not only with a picture-postcard landscape but also a natural bounty of good food found in local Michelin starred restaurants, cozy inns, or independent coffee shops serving gastro-sandwiches. Here the unspoilt working county’s food bar keeps rising, taking with it craft breweries and artisan food producers.


A UNIQUE STAY IN TORQUAY

19 MAR 2019: Torquay forms part of what’s known as the English Riviera. Thanks to its 22-mile (35 km) stretch of award-winning beaches, exotic palm trees and Mediterranean micro-climate it’s one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations.


A GASTRO PUB WITH AMBITION
The Cat Inn

11 MAR 2019:  The hilltop parish of West Hoathly, set in the heart of the Sussex countryside, just 25-minutes from Gatwick Airport, is a picture-postcard village with a steepled 12th century church, idyllic views and achingly beautiful historic homes. But what steals the show is The Cat Inn and its Michelin listed free-house.


EDINBURGH
Your kind of city

06 MAR 2019: Edinburgh is the eccentric jewel in Scotland’s crown. More so at the palace to all things rococo, the Prestonfield House Hotel – which, in its crimson pinstripe and velvet upholstered walls, is a shrine to excess that even Liberace would have found extravagant. Full of saucy opulence, ancestral portraits and soft amber light cast by giant chandeliers, to say the hotel is stuff of pure fantasy is a bit of an understatement.

 


A PINT OF BITTER AND A SIDE OF HISTORY
London’s old dock pubs

27 FEB 2019: There are few more essentially English experiences than enjoying a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house, where the walls whisper of the past. Given the destruction inflicted by two World Wars and the Great Fire of London, it’s quite remarkable that some still stand.


THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER
Immortalised by Dame Vera Lynn, they are one of England’s most famous sights.

07 FEB 2019: Towering 100-metres over the English Channel, the iconic White Cliffs of Dover are often the first and last view of England for sea-faring travellers. For many the White Cliffs are a clear symbol of Britain in the way the Statue of Liberty defines America. For a few aging natives, the white chalk-face symbolises home and war time defence - even Julius Caesar took a shine to them.

 


HISTORIC LIVERPOOL PUBS

29 JAN 2019: Liverpool isn’t noteworthy just for The Beatles, great football, and fabulous cathedrals - its traditional pubs are also justifiably famous and well worth a visit. Here’s a selection of historic pubs that should be on everyone’s drop-in-for-a-pint  list.


FLAVOURS OF INDIA
Brick Lane’s best curry houses

In England, ‘going for an Indian’ has become an essential Friday night dinner tradition, and in London, Brick Lane - the curry hub of the capital - is the only place for it. The curries on Brick Lane, which have more than 50 restaurants on just one street, are truly authentic. In fact, the area is often referred to as Banglatown because of its Bangladeshi eateries.

 


SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Oxney Organic Estate owners started from scratch

28 JAN 2019: After selling Hotwire, an international PR firm specialising in high-technology companies, Kristin Syltevik and her partner, Paul Dobson, a former golf pro, sought to make a lucrative investment and whilst sitting in a camper van in a French vineyard, it became clear what this would be - a wine farm. The idea blossomed, then grew legs.


MARGATE
No bigging up required

02 NOV 2018: According to the Association of British Travel Agents, Margate is one of the hippest seaside resorts in the UK, so there’s no bigging up required. The once-glorious and affluent seaside resort town of Margate fell on hard times when the package holiday boom took off in the mid-20th century, with many of its famous attractions quickly falling into disrepair; but since the opening of Turner Contemporary on the seafront, the fortunes of ‘Merry Margate’ have been restored. There’s a new generation of residents and visitors energising the harbour town with ideas, capitalising on its retro heritage, almost kitsch, appeal.

 


MORE THAN A BANKING PARADISE
Dance through the hills of Luxembourg

14 FEB 2018: Situated at the very heart of Western Europe is a small country named Luxembourg, which is 50-miles long and 42-miles wide. Luxembourg City, the Grand Duchy's capital, founded in 963, has maintained an atmosphere of contemplative tranquillity and at its historic core (declared a World Heritage) it reveals a blend of contrasting styles of architecture developed over the past five centuries.

 


PARIS
Know before you go

26 JAN 2018: Paris's seductive charms are legendary, and for good reason: Inviting sidewalk cafés, gleaming boutiques, world-class museums, and a fabled restaurant scene make Paris the runway model of cities - beautiful, fashionable, confident, and inspiring envy at every turn. But with expectations running so high, Paris can occasionally disappoint. When you find yourself elbow-to-elbow with throngs of tourists, tucking into yet another overpriced meal, you'll wonder how the Paris that travellers fall in love with has proved so elusive. Unless, that is, you discover how to avoid the top ten mistakes first-timers make in the City of Light.

 


WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA

16 JAN 2017: The pause between the premiere and release date of Casablanca was literally just that, a pause. When the now-classic Hollywood love story premiered in New York City 75-years ago, it was just weeks after US troops saw their first WW2 action in, of all places, Casablanca. Casablanca was in the news across the nation, hastening the release of the motion picture eight weeks later.

 


RAJASTHAN ROCKS

09 JAN 2018: Travellers are wising-up to staged 'local encounters' which have become little more than human safaris. Without intruding on local lives, you're enriched and inspired by the locals you meet and who in turn will equally benefit from your visit. Ultimately, this is where the magic of travel truly lies.


ZURICH-WEST THE HIP, THE HOP AND THE HUNGRY

09 NOV 2017: For most of the past hundred years, Zurich-West has been known for its heavy industry, churning out turbines, engines and ships. Then, in the mid-90s, as factories moved out, contemporary art galleries, museums, and design shops moved in, popping up amid abandoned factories. This former industrial scrubland has created a gritty haven for the Zurich’s pioneering sub-culture, complete with a design university housed in what was once a yogurt factory.


CANADIAN CONNECTION
Beaverbrook. A glorious estate on the edge of Surrey

15 MAY 2017: Despite it being less than an hour outside of central London by train or car, the Beaverbrook estate feels like it’s in the middle of the countryside. Beaverbrook County House Hotel (formerly known as Cherkley Court, built in 1866) is at the extreme south-east of Leatherhead, near the pretty village of Mickleham. It's a late Victorian neo-classical wedding-cake mansion house and estate of 400 plus acres filled with Ash trees, magnolia trees, wild primroses, and local wildlife.

 


SKYLINE LONDON
Five ways to see London landmarks in just 48 hours

13 SEP 2016: Despite jokes about accents and what, exactly, a chip is, London, which has no shortage of tourist staples, remains a popular destination for Canadian travellers: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the House of Parliament, but London's appeal doesn't lie only in its architectural and cultural treasures. It’s the jaw-dropping views across the city, taking in most of the Big Five landmarks, which are most memorable.


BRING MY HOLIDAY TO ME
Laid back river cruising

29 JUL 2016:By its nature, river cruising is a far more intimate affair than the Goliath ocean cruisers. Thus, being a cruise virgin, I took my first tentative steps aboard the AmaSerena, river plying its way through the lower Danube waterways, sailing east from Budapest, through Eastern Europe, to the Black Sea, passing through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. No rushing or moving fast, just cruising at a steady pace, easy travel through multiple countries, without the stress involved in road trips or the difficulties of catching planes or trains.


UNUSUAL BEACH ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER

22 JUL 2016:  Looking for something a little – or a lot – different this summer, here’s a selection of interesting and unusual activities and places to take you away from the same old, same old.  


A PLANTATION VISIT IN SOUTHERN INDIA
Aunty finds the secret ingredient of Masala Chai

27 JUN 2016: “What is that spice that makes this taste so good?” I asked a chaiwallah – a Mumbai tea vendor. “That which you are tasting, Aunty, is my very special mother’s recipe for Masala Chai.” When speaking to a person older than themselves, and as a sign of respect, Indians call their elders Aunty or Uncle, which after a while is rather endearing.

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