- Photo Essays
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.
Arriving in Český Krumlov and wandering through the cobbled streets is quite literally like stepping into a fairytale. The town’s location on a bend in the Vlatava River in the hills of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic only enhances this.
It is a slightly less likely destination in the winter months, but with far fewer tourists this time of year can be even more beautiful and intriguing: Imagine…mulled wine in cosy bars; horse riding or hiking in the hills of Bohemia; enjoying delicious, hot garlic and cheese soup; or sinking into some cushions and sipping tea in the Dobra Cajovna Tea House.
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognised landmarks in the world, and while I completely adore Paris I’m afraid it’s most visited attraction has never really done much for me.
While it is undeniably iconic and synonymous with the Parisian cityscape, I remember being quite underwhelmed and a little disappointed by the Eiffel Tower and the hordes of tourists swarming at its base.
But in the evening all of this changes and the City of Light lives up to its name.
At around 3,800 meters Lake Titicaca in the Andes is the highest navigable lake in the world. On the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca is Taquile, a tiny island that rises even higher still and is home to almost 3000 people.
Tequile is famous for its colourful hand woven textiles and it is not uncommon to see men knitting as they wander the streets, or in the plaza.
“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
…You walk past buildings like this before you’ve even had your first coffee for the day. I would almost sacrifice coffee to be able to walk past this every day. Almost…
And so we drove. And drove, and drove. With long, tiring driving days and only a couple of nights for each stop, it was torture to not be on a time frame that allowed us to stay in some of these places for a week, two weeks…a lifetime.
The often mist-enshrouded Point Reyes National Seashore, just north of San Francisco was bright and sunny for our few days there and we were fortunate to have accommodation inside the park itself.