Author and broadcaster Charles Spencer recalls his travel adventures

Author and broadcaster Charles Spencer reveals his favourite spots in the UK and why Madagascar is the most memorable place he’s visited

Author and broadcaster Charles Spencer checks in to our travel Q&A

This week author and broadcaster Charles Spencer checks in to our travel Q&A.

He talks about the most memorable place he’s visited, his favourite British historical site, his dream destination – and more.

MOST MEMORABLE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN?

Madagascar. The island is indescribably beautiful, with an abundance of nature, but it also has a residue of French colonial rule — with croissants and baguettes sold at street corners.

YOUR EARLIEST HOLIDAY MEMORY?

Going to Ibiza when I was seven, long before it became the fashionable tourist destination that it is today. There were just a handful of people on the beach, and a bar in a hut run by a beautiful Austrian lady.

FAVOURITE BRITISH HISTORICAL SITE?

Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford, which was the backdrop to my student days. I return quite often because of the beauty of the building and the attraction of the wonderful choral evensong.

ANY OTHER UK SPOTS YOU’D RECOMMEND?

I was blown away by Lincoln, which is off the radar for many people. It’s an exquisite cathedral city with layers and layers of history, and it has a similar feel to Oxford and Cambridge.

FAVOURITE BRITISH WALK?

Strolling along Holkham Beach in North Norfolk. It’s very different to the usual ‘bucket and spade’ stretch of sand and has the lovely ‘big sky’ feel you find in that part of England.

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