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The Monasteries of Meteora: Thessaly, Greece

The Monasteries of Meteora: Thessaly, Greece

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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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Photo Essay: Hiking The Cape to Cape Track, Western Australia

Photo Essay: Hiking The Cape to Cape Track, Western Australia

 

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you will know how much I love being by the sea. And hiking.

So spending my birthday weekend with a few friends by the coast hiking the Cape to Cape Track in the South West of Western Australia seemed like one of my better ideas.

Plans were made, tents were hauled out of storage, supply lists were drawn up….we were good to go!

The weather, however, had other ideas.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago: A Packing Guide You Will Thank me For Later

Walking the Camino de Santiago: A Packing Guide You Will Thank me For Later

 

 

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it”

Charles Dudley Warner

 

I remember it well: the first hour of the first day of walking the Camino de Santiago in 2003. It began perfectly. I was super excited, full of energy (mostly from adrenalin, and the French pastry I’d eaten for breakfast) and ready to begin the trek into the French Pyrenees.

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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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The Road Less Travelled: Camino de Santiago

The Road Less Travelled: Camino de Santiago

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The Way To Santiago

The Way To Santiago

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To Tour or not to Tour

To Tour or not to Tour

While I am obviously a strong advocate for independent travel, organised group travel certainly has its place. If you are travelling alone, are an inexperienced traveller, or if you just hate the idea of organising a trip and want to do something a little more adventurous than usual then group travel is ideal.
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Not For The Faint Hearted: Kungsleden Trail, Lapland

Not For The Faint Hearted: Kungsleden Trail, Lapland

 

Not For The Faint Hearted is a series of posts about various long distance treks across the globe. If walking a really long way is what rocks your world, read on for some inspiration…

 

Lapland! Where better to extend the limits of your adventurous spirit than the Arctic wilderness in the far north of Sweden. When I think Lapland, I think reindeer and northern lights. But there is so much more than that to be had in this wild and untouched landscape

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A Stroll in Paris

A Stroll in Paris

 

“Paris is a world meant to be seen by the walker alone,

for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich detail”

Edmund White

 

Paris is one of my all time favourite cities and wandering the streets of Paris is a joy in itself.

 

The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre etc are all must-sees of course, but by simply wandering you invariably stumble upon the real treasures that Paris has to offer:

Browsing the stalls of the Bouquinistes (antiquarian and used booksellers) that line the Left and Right banks of the Seine; sampling one of the 33 flavours of ice cream from the famous Berthillon ice creamery on the Ile Saint-Louis; or the sensory explosion of the open air food markets on Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter. Read more