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Florence Fortnam


Florence has written the following guides for Greentraveller:

Greentraveller's Guide to Anglesey AONB
Greentraveller's Guide to Brighton
Greentraveller's Guide to Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB (with Richard Hammond)
Greentraveller's Guide to Cornwall
Greentraveller's Guide to the Dyfi Biosphere
Greentraveller's Guide to the Mendip Hills AONB
Greentraveller's Guide to Snowdonia National Park
Greentraveller's Guide to Mid Wales

Florence is responsible for writing our Greentraveller's Guides, as well as reviewing places to stay throughout the UK, writing for our award-winning blog and helping out on our videos. She speaks both French and Italian. Before Greentraveller, she spent five years editing the Italian collection of Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay.

"I've been a bit addicted to train travel ever since I spent a university summer holiday inter-railing around Europe. If I had to plump for a favourite journey it would probably be the London to Sicily overnight. The most bizarre part of the trip awaits you at the very end of mainland Italy in Reggio San Giovanni, on Italy's 'big toe'. Without leaving your train, the carriages are dismantled and stowed onto a ferry which makes the short crossing to the other side where the train is reassembled to continue its journey through Sicily. The novelty of watching the sea outside the window and feeling the roll of the waves from the comfort of your train carriage never wears off.

"In 2010 my husband and I travelled to China on the Trans-Siberian railway, and returned to Europe via Tibet, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. Most people thought we were mad to even contemplate doing the whole thing overland but for me, travelling by train is about doing things a bit differently - it’s about travelling with locals, witnessing changing landscapes, cultures and communities between one destination and another, and creating your own adventure away from the stifling homogeneity of airport lounges. It may not always be the quickest way to get from A to B, but it’s definitely a lot more fun."

Florence Fortnam's blog posts

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:20 on Tuesday 06 September 2016
The UK’s AONBs have come together to organise a 9-day programme of events to help people enjoy these protected areas, from 17-25 September 2016.
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 12:06 on Tuesday 16 August 2016
The 2016 Cycle-Rail Photography Competition has been announced as part of the annual National Cycle-Rail Awards promoting integrated cycle-rail...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:14 on Thursday 11 August 2016
As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades, Florence Fortnam explores the archipelago by boat, mountain bike and...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 04:20 on Wednesday 10 August 2016
As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades, Florence Fortnam discovers some of the islands' finest native...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:37 on Wednesday 10 August 2016
Greentraveller and the Greek National Tourism Organisation Board (GNTO UK & Ireland) have published an online guide to Naxos and the Small...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:35 on Monday 02 May 2016
Bag packed, e-tickets downloaded and smartphone at the ready... we're going on the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland!
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 01:03 on Monday 18 April 2016
As part of our series about the eight Protected Landscapes of Wales, we have produced a guide to the stunning and alluring Anglesey AONB
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 06:05 on Wednesday 16 March 2016
The shortlist has been announced for the 2016 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 11:32 on Tuesday 01 December 2015
See why National Geographic Traveler magazine has named Glasgow one of its top 20 destinations for 2016 with a brand new tour with local experts,...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 11:32 on Thursday 01 October 2015
Andrea and Jack Montgomery head to a wine-growing region of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Las Alpujarras to visit Juan Palomar's vineyards and...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 01:48 on Wednesday 30 September 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit in the UK, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to the Northumberland Coast
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 03:07 on Monday 28 September 2015
As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities reachable by train from the UK, we have produced a guide to Avignon, the...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 02:30 on Wednesday 16 September 2015
As part of our celebration of off-the-beaten track destinations, we have produced a guide to Las Alpujarras, the beautiful mountainous region in...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 02:00 on Wednesday 02 September 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit in the UK, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to Northumberland National...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 01:08 on Tuesday 18 August 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit, we have produced an introductory Greentraveller's Guide to the Alpine Pearls, a...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 02:00 on Wednesday 24 June 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit in the UK, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to the Kent Downs Area of...

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