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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

TRIBAL TEXTILES
An art safari in rural Zambia
26 JUL 2019: With the focus on safaris, Zambia is perhaps overlooked when it comes to art and cultural heritage. Demonstrating the nations rich traditional inheritance, Tribal Textiles, located in a vibrant Mfuwe workshop, showcases the country’s emerging talent. MORE

CANTERBURY
The small city of prayer, stone and waterways
17 JUL 2019: Pushing off from the small landing beside of the Old Weavers Restaurant in ancient Canterbury, our skipper, Peter Banks, steady’s the flat-bottomed boat with long wooden oars. The water is crystal clear; green river grass wave in the strong current. MORE

SAFARI WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE
05 JUL 2019: As environmental consciousness rises around the world, more travellers are actively looking to support businesses who are doing their part to conserve the environment and uplift communities; and with poaching now at epidemic proportions, they want assurances that a percentage of what they pay for a safari is being put back into conservation. MORE

REDISCOVERING NORTH WALES
The artisan food route
28 MAY 2019: People understand that good food means local food and that the quality of the landscape has a direct bearing on the taste. Cradled within four mountain ranges and a 250-mile coastline, it’s little wonder that a wealth of award winning food producers have been born out of the diverse and picturesque landscape of North Wales. MORE

ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Made for shopping
15 MAY 2019: Royal Tunbridge Wells is a town founded by aristocracy, with a prestigious prefix awarded by Edward VII in 1909, which gives it an enviable reputation. It’s also renowned for its shopping because it offers a truly unique experience! The old town centre is crammed with independently owned boutiques selling items just as desirable as those found in Harrods. MORE

SHEFFIELD PARK AND GARDEN
Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland
14 MAY 2019: Sheffield Park, an informal Grade 1 listed gardens in East Sussex, lies in the valley of the River Ouse and was first sited in the 11th century Domesday Book. The ornamental gardens originally formed part of the estate of the adjacent Sheffield Park House, a privately owned neo-gothic country house that rises above the gardens. It, overlooking the panoramic lake, like a fairy-tale castle with its fine tracery window. MORE

THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF BESPOKE
Savile Row. The name alone evokes images of style, tradition and refinement.
09 MAY 2019: Since the first tailor moved into Savile Row in 1785, the neighbourhood has been applauded the world over as the place for handmade suits, created from the finest fabrics, by the most skilled of craftsmen, for the most discerning gentlemen. MORE

THE MILK HOUSE, SISSINGHURST
Where the pastures always greener
06 MAY 2019: The once forlorn and faded Bull Inn, a 16th-century pub and coaching inn, closed its doors and for two years waited to be rescued. In 2013 Sarah and New Zealand-born chef Dane Allchorne, saw its potential and painstakingly restored the historic building, creating a beautiful ‘The Milk House’ – recalling Sissinghurst’s former name, which changed after a local 19th-century smuggling gang brought it unwanted notoriety. MORE

Hole Park Gardens
The hidden gem of High Weald
22 APR 2019: Secreted away in the Weald of Kent, just beyond the picturesque white weather-boarded village of Rolvenden, lies Hole Park Gardens, a magnificent country estate, one of the best in Kent, the Garden of England. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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

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.   MORE
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