Hello, I’m Catherine and once a week, usually on a Wednesday, I head out of the house and go to see something out of the ordinary. Welcome to Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays which chronicles my jaunts to see arts, culture, family travel and books to read along the way.
When I was a child my father took my brother and I to Loddon Library every Saturday morning. Each week I took out four books. Always at least one book from the Geography section. We didn’t venture much beyond Norfolk and Yorkshire and Norfolk when I was a child but those books fired a desire to see the wider the world. Now I holiday with my teenage twins hoping that our travels will fill them with wanderlust too.
After University I was an au pair in Germany and loved seeing more than just the pretty castles and awe inspiring mountains. Travel is about more than just sightseeing.
For twenty years I worked for the BBC and a news producer specialising in Business and Economics. During my time with the Corporation I was lucky enough to travel widely both in the UK and the rest of the world. Working in broadcast news tends to mean shift working and time off when other people are tied to their 9-5 desks, I used that time to wander around the many museums and art galleries that London has to offer.
Nightshifts for Breakfast News were swapped for broken nights looking after my identical twin boys. They are now teenagers (how did that happen?) together we explore London, Surrey, Norfolk and where ever our holidays take us. Once the teens broke into double figures it became apparent that looking for shells on Breton beaches was no longer enough to fill a two week summer holiday and so now we cycle or explore cities.
Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays aims to inspire you. To give you ideas of where to go, what to see, top tips about where to get the best coffee or when not to go to Lyon and, of course, books to read along the way.
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