Hike in the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains April 2019

Prefatory note: I had intended to publish this months ago but it's been a busy old year. Now, with bushfires almost surrounding Sydney and threatening many national parks including parts of the Blue Mountains, it's timely to pay tribute to the stunning and glorious Grose Valley. Hopefully it will survive. So here finally is the … Continue reading Hike in the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains April 2019

Atlas Mountains to the Arctic 2018, Part 4 – Spitsbergen, Norway, Germany and Singapore

Spitsbergen Day Seventy-two … Thursday, 31st May Scotland to Spitsbergen We were up bright and early and after breakfast it was time to pack up the car and head to Edinburgh airport. Rob kindly drew a mudmap of how to get to the nearest petrol station to the airport. We bade our fond farewells, thanking … Continue reading Atlas Mountains to the Arctic 2018, Part 4 – Spitsbergen, Norway, Germany and Singapore

Atlas Mountains to the Arctic 2018, Part 3 – UK: England, Scotland, the Orkney Islands and the Isle of Skye

England Day Forty-three … Wednesday 2nd May Barcelona to Gatwick After a fantastic buffet breakfast with an international spread and lots of healthy options, we decided to set off from the Tryp Airport Hotel and head to the airport early, as Hertz’s reputation online (and directly) was clearly unreliable at best. We could find no … Continue reading Atlas Mountains to the Arctic 2018, Part 3 – UK: England, Scotland, the Orkney Islands and the Isle of Skye

Atlas Mountains to the Arctic 2018, Part 2 – Portugal, the Azores and Northern Spain

Portugal Day Twenty Four…Friday 13th April Tavira – the Algarve We woke at Quinta do Caracol, our quirky but delightful B&B to much improved weather. The "Quinta do Caracol", Portuguese for farm of the snail, or Snail Farm had been in the family for generations and dated back to 1680. Originally the farm produced olives … Continue reading Atlas Mountains to the Arctic 2018, Part 2 – Portugal, the Azores and Northern Spain

Atlas Mountains to the Arctic 2018, Part 1- Seville, Morocco, southern Spain

Worldwide there are more people travelling than ever before – many of them seemingly to Wanaka. So, we decided to reverse the flow and ride the great tourist tsunami in Europe and Morocco for another awfully big adventure, this one a mere 92 days. Day One….Wednesday, 21 March Wanaka to Queenstown Packed, prepped and eager … Continue reading Atlas Mountains to the Arctic 2018, Part 1- Seville, Morocco, southern Spain

Trekking Nepal’s Langtang Valley – March 2017

When Harry, an old university friend wrote asking if anyone wanted to join him on a trek in Nepal I jumped at the chance. The last time I had trekked there was more than 30 years ago and, with both of us now in our 60s, retired, respective children flown the nest, I thought what … Continue reading Trekking Nepal’s Langtang Valley – March 2017

Cycling the Loire

Day Ninety-One  – Saturday, 10th September Loire Valley We wandered down from our upstairs bedroom in the main home and into the adjacent building (former barn) for sumptuous breakfast together with Steve, Sandra, Jessica, James and Anders. Then they went one way and we went the other. We were very impressed with the way everything … Continue reading Cycling the Loire