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Photo Essay: Hiking the Cinque Terre, Italy

Photo Essay: Hiking the Cinque Terre, Italy

 

Watching an Italian drink a coffee is mystifying. Blink and you will miss it. The Italians have a lovely saying that embraces a philosophy close to my own heart: ‘Il dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. They are famous for the idea of slowing things down. This applies to all things except for drinking coffee.

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Alaska Range From the Air: Denali National Park

Alaska Range From the Air: Denali National Park

 

It turns out diminutive five-seater planes and I don’t really see eye to eye. As we begin our bumpy ascent and the world starts to spin a little, I’m beginning to think that a scenic flight over Denali National Park in Alaska’s central interior was not such a great idea.

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Bangladesh is Not India: In Photos

Bangladesh is Not India: In Photos

 

“Oh, I’ve heard India is amazing!”

 

This was a typical response when I first told people about my trip to Bangladesh.

It’s a little like how some non-North Americans don’t realise that Alaska is actually a state of the US, not it’s own country. I have had to break that news several times.

But, believe me when I tell you…Bangladesh is not India! To be fair, the only time Bangladesh really scores a mention in international media, is in relation to natural disasters, political unrest or, well…cricket! Read more

Off the Beaten Track in South Iceland

Off the Beaten Track in South Iceland

 

It’s 10pm and I have been driving for over twelve hours, but glancing out across the lava fields in Southwest Iceland I could easily believe it was the middle of the afternoon.

It is early May and the midnight sun is ablaze, and with around 20 daylight hours who wouldn’t be out exploring Iceland’s vast wilderness at this hour?

 

I have spent the day (and most of the night, as it turns out) exploring a collection of geysers, waterfalls and lava fields that comprise a popular route northeast of Reykjavík known as the Golden Circle. This journey is often experienced as part of a whirlwind bus tour but is much more enjoyable by car at your leisure. Read more

The Bear Truth: Grizzly Bears In Alaska

The Bear Truth: Grizzly Bears In Alaska

 

It’s common knowledge that there are grizzly bears in Alaska. So on a horse-riding trip in the Talkeetna mountains in Alaska it made sense to ask our guide whether there was any chance of encountering a grizzly.

“Oh they usually tend to stay away from the horses”

The only word I heard in that sentence was “usually”.

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Umbria: Springtime and the Living is Easy

Umbria: Springtime and the Living is Easy

 

The springtime blossoms are spiraling through the air like snow flurries and my hay fever is going crazy, but right now I couldn’t care less:

 

I am too busy falling in love with Umbria.

 

It’s just so easy to. This tiny region in central Italy is often overlooked but if anyone knows how to pack a whole lot of goodness into one small region, it’s the Umbrians. So much that it will leave you wanting more.

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Pilgrimage, Wolves and Bandits: Camino de Santiago

Pilgrimage, Wolves and Bandits: Camino de Santiago

It’s true, the idea of a pilgrimage is usually associated with a religious ritual or rite of passage: the pilgrimage to Mecca in Islam, the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem in Judaism and The Vatican in Catholicism.

 

But I am going to help myself to a little creative license here and suggest that any journey or travel can be considered a pilgrimage: and a non-religious one at that.

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Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill

Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill

 

 

“When you are driving your bus across the tundra through a snow storm and you can’t see the windscreen wipers…you know it’s going to be an interesting day”

 Rhonda – bus driver in Churchill, Manitoba

 

Things can get pretty wild this far north. And I’m not talking about the nightlife.

But for today at least the weather is behaving itself. It’s minus 13 degrees Celsius with wind-chill out on the sub-Arctic tundra near Churchill, Manitoba but the skies are clear and the barely-there dawn light is perfect.

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Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

 

I have to admit, my initial impressions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming / Montana were far from enthusiastic, and as we drove around on our first day in the park I got to wondering what on earth all the fuss is about.

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‘The Good Tea Place’: Cesky Krumlov

‘The Good Tea Place’: Cesky Krumlov

 

With their subdued ambiance, low lighting and casual atmosphere the culture of tea houses in the Czech Republic is something else and Dobra Cajovna is tea house like no other I have found.

The Dobra chain of teahouses has branches all over the Czech Republic but my favourite is the one in the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. Read more