McCaig’s Tower, Oban, Scotland – The Scottish Amphitheatre

Located in the Scottish Highlands, the port city of Oban is the gateway to the Hebrides. McCaig’s Tower stands tall on Battery Hill overlooking the city and the bay. McCaig’s Tower was the idea of John Stuart McCaig, a banker who wanted to do two things: Leave a lasting monument to his family Create work…

Pen y Fan, Wales – At the head of the Valleys

In the centre of Wales lies Brecon Beacons National Park, which contains a mountain range of the same name (Brecon Beacons). One of these mountains is Pen y Fan. Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in central and southern Wales. It sits just southeast of the town of Brecon, which is related to the…

Vienna Wine Hiking Day (Wiener Weinwandertag)

Although you wouldn’t necessarily associate Vienna with wine (or “Wein” and “Wien” in German), it is amazing how much wine this part of Austria produces. As a result, Vienna has a day known as the Vienna Wine Hiking Day (Wiener Weinwandertag). I had the opportunity to do the Vienna Wine Hiking Day when I went…

A variation of Karahi Chicken Curry

There are many variations of Karahi Chicken Curry. Karahi simply refers to a shallow pot that is used to make this dish. Other names include kadai, kadhi and korai. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious! The best part is that it is not very intensive in terms of preparation or cooking time. This version is…

Arduaine Garden, UK – A slice of the world in Scotland

Just south of Oban lies the Sound of Jura. Overlooking the Sound is Arduaine Garden, which contains plants from around the world. Established in 1898, it was a time when people were becoming very interested in plants from other parts of the world. Here native plants mix with those from the tropics and Asia. Tropical…

Ardchattan Priory, UK – A garden of contemplation

Ardchattan Priory sits approximately 10 miles/16 kilometres outside the port city of Oban in Scotland. Its history dates back to its founding in 1230. History Ardchattan Priory resulted from Duncan MacDougal, the Lord of Argyll, located in Dunollie Castle. He invited the Valliscaulian Order to set up a local priory. They had been given a…

Falkirk Kelpies, UK – A tribute to Scotland and strong horses

Situated between the towns of Falkirk and Grangemouth in Scotland, the Kelpies are an art installation by Andy Scott, an artist of renown famous for his other installations around the UK. This installation is of two “kelpies”. The myth behind the Falkirk Kelpies A kelpie is a mythical creature said to be like a seahorse…

Rest and Be Thankful – Scotland A83

In 1753 there had been a recent Jacobite rebellion; General Wade had the task of subjugating Scotland. One of the many things they built were roads to improve connectivity, This would allow troops to move faster and react to these crises in the future. One of the results was Drover’s Road (the old A83) and…

Tintinhull Gardens – Weekend Paradise

Set amongst the rolling farmland of Somerset, TIntinhull is a house/gardens combination; it sits in the tiny village of the same name. To visit the house you have to rent it from the National Trust and stay there for at least 3 days. As a result it is not open to the general public. The…

Zurich – General Information

Zurich, the city My adventures so far in the Canton of Zurich have been confined only to the city of Zurich, which is the largest city in Switzerland. I went to Zurich back in 2016. I was doing an internship in Freiburg im Breisgau with two friends from the US visiting me. Since Zurich was…

Austria – General Information

My first experience in Austria was moving there as part of my Master’s programme. I had to go to two different foreign universities as part of my studies at Swansea University. Since I was doing German and Spanish, I went to Vienna and Barcelona. Overall I had a great time in Austria although I had…

Asturias – General Information

I have only visited Asturias once so far but it was amazing. My previous adventures in Spain were either when I had lived in Barcelona or in Granada. I had travelled around the country between these places; I was not necessarily prepared for how different Asturias is from the rest of Spain. How is that?…

Aragon – General Information

Moving farther inland, Aragon is an interesting place with lots of varying topography: lots of valleys and mountains farther south but flatter areas in central and northern Aragon. Then you hit the Pyrenees. M experiences here range from Loarre Castle and Roda de Isábena in the north to Teruel in the south. I generally went…

Andalucia – General Information

Andalucia is an amazing place. Located in Southern Spain, the province of Andalucia contains some of Spain’s best-known cities, including Granada, Málaga, Seville and Cádiz. The adventures I’ve had primarily cover the areas of Granada and Jaén. My first ever adventure here was when I was 16 in 2009. As a birthday present my aunt…

The Principality of Andorra – General information

Located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, the Principality of Andorra is a very mountainous country that is popular for skiing. I visited Andorra for a long weekend when I was on a long Western European trip. We had just come from Île-de-France and were heading towards a town near Barcelona where my travel…

Brean Down, UK – Down to the Sea

On the Somerset coast just outside Weston-Super-Mare is a small holiday village: Brean. Apart from the beach and holiday homes, there really isn’t much there. There is just one exception: Brean Down. History Brean Down formed about 60,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age in southern England. Glaciers retreated across the…

Zurich, Switzerland – The most expensive city in the world

If you are looking for somewhere in Europe with history, Zurich is your one-stop shop. From Roman foundation over 2000 years ago to modern history, Zürich covers it all. If you want to shop, Zürich has one of the best (and most expensive) shopping districts. If you need to deal with finances, Zürich is one…

Lytes Cary, UK – A bite-size manor in Somerset

In the backcountry roads in Somerset on a single-track line lined with hedges on both sides winding through farmland lies a couple of houses. Collectively these houses are “Lytes Cary”. It is easy to miss due to the hedges but if you notice the low stone walls on either side of an unassuming (with the…

A classic recipe for a Dark Forest Gateau (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte)

Typically I am not a cake person but there are definitely exceptions. The Dark Forest Gateau (German: Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, literally “Black Forest Cherry Cake”) definitely falls into those exceptions! A wonderful mix of chocolate, cherries and rich cream is a great ending to any traditional meal from Baden-Württemberg (especially Maultaschen or Spätzle). You can find…

Warnemünde (Rostock), Germany – That’s one busy port!

The seaside resort of Warnemünde is located on Germany’s Baltic coast, just above the city of Rostock. History Founded in approximately 1200, it has been a fishing village for most of its history. The city of Rostock financed a harbour near the village, signing a contract with the patrician of Rostock to maintain the waterway…

Maultaschen (“mouth pockets”) from Swabia, Germany

(The photo of the Maultaschen in broth is by Matthias Haupt) When I lived in Germany, my favourite cuisine from the country was easily that of Baden-Württemberg. As I am someone who eats little meat, I loved the vegetarian options from the region, including some variety of spätzle and the vegetarian Maultaschen. Maultaschen, which translates…

Grutenhäuschen (near Trier), Germany – A temple with a view

On the bank of the river Moselle not far upstream from the city of Trier lies a Roman temple with a beautiful view of the Moselle valley just before the Saar and Moselle rivers merge. This Roman temple (Grutenhäuschen) dates back to the 3rd/4th century AD to the time after Trier had become one of…

Bismarckturm Schoden, Germany – A silent sentinal

Standing on a hill above the Saar river in Germany near the town of Schoden in Rheinland-Pfalz/Rhineland-Palatinate stands a Bismarckturm (Bismarck tower); a standardised monument built to honour Germany’s first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. These towers were built around the turn of the 20th century to honour him; They conform (more or less) to a…

Bohus Fästning, Sweden – Protecting the Old Swedish-Norwegian border

Back in February 2016 I visit Sweden for a couple of weeks (Sweden in winter?!? Don’t ask) and I had the opportunity to visit Bohus Fästning (Bohus Fortress), a 14th century fortress on the former Norwegian-Swedish border just north of the city of Gothenburg. History The fortress was built around the year 1308. It was…

Caumasee, Switzerland – Ice blue water in winter

Like the Rheinschlucht nearby, the Caumasee was also formed due to the largest known pre-historic landslide in the Alps. The lake itself (which is how See translates from German in this case) sits upon the debris deposited by the landslide. The lake is located near the ski resort town of Flims in the Canton of…

Rheinschlucht, Switzerland – The Grand Canyon of Switzerland

The Ruinaulta or Rheinschlucht is a large canyon in the Canton of Grisons in Switzerland. It formed approximately 10,000 years ago. when a landslide brought millions of tonnes of debris into the valley, creating this canyon area. The term Ruinaulta refers to this high heap of rubble (the literal meaning), while the name Rheinschlucht translates…

Stralsund, Germany – The gateway to Scandinavia

Stralsund is a town with a population of just over 60,000 on the coast of northern Germany. It is the fourth largest city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Stralsund is a Hanseatic city: it was part of the Hanseatic League. It certainly reflects that and the wealth that it brought from the historical buildings that still exist in…

Eltz Castle, Germany – A Living Castle

Eltz Castle is a majestic little castle. It sits on a rock in a small wooded valley in Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) in Germany. Although definitely among the lesser-known castles (unlike Hohenzollern or Neuschwanstein), it is extremely appropriate for its location and has a few unique features, both physically and as well as features of its history….

Bautzen, Germany – The Land of Mustard

In the former East German state of Saxony (German: Sachsen) near the Polish and Czech borders lies the town of Bautzen, a medieval town that is famous across Germany for its architecture and its mustard (yes, mustard). The city centre of Bautzen sits up on a hill overlooking the more modern areas of the town…

The Gardens of Versailles, France – Living Like Kings

While I have to admit that I usually cannot pass up seeing a garden when I travel (case in point: Parc del laberinth d’Horta in Barcelona), there are those that stand out from the rest. An example that I highly recommend on the European Continent (in this case excluding Great Britain and Ireland) are the…

Peak District, UK – The land of inspiration

The Peak District in England is a national park that draws an estimated 20 million people every year. They hike around the rural areas, including farmland, moorland, hills and the peaks themselves. History Historically this area has been very important to England and the UK as a whole. Settlements of the area have been dated…

Schiefergebirge, Germany – My Heart’s in the Highlands

The Thüringer Schiefergebirge, known as the Thuringian Highlands in English, is an area of the German federal state Thuringia (German: Thüringen) featuring steeply hilly areas on the border between Bavaria and Thuringia, through which the Saale River cuts. As the German name suggests, this area contains a large amount of slate rock. There are very…

Crestasee & Felsbachschlucht, Switzerland – Winter Wonderland

When you say “Grisons, Switzerland”, what comes to mind? For most people this Swiss canton conjures up images of skiing in the Swiss Alps, for example the ski resort in Laax/Flims/Falera. But what happens when you can’t or don’t want to ski? What else is there to do? Here is one option:

Monasterio de Obarra, Spain – Monastery in a valley

In the foothills of the Pyrenees lies a Romanesque monastery. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Santa Maria), mountains surround it on all sides and you can only access it by hiking or through a small road that goes between Ballabriga and Bonansa. Because it is difficult to access, not many tourists visit it each year,…

Covadonga, Spain – The village of Kings

Located on the northern Spanish coast, Asturias is one of the Spanish autonomous communities that lie to the west of Cantabria. Officially known as the Principality of Asturias, the area is well known for its mountains (the Picos de Europa). The mountains also set the culture apart from the rest of Spain. For example individual…

Mariazell, Austria – A Pilgrimage in Winter

Nestled between mountains in the North Styrian Alps lies the small town of Mariazell. With approximately 3000 inhabitants, you may think that having to drive through valleys and around mountains to get to it, the town would be relatively unknown and easy to miss. You would also be wrong. Mariazell as a settlement probably dates…

Hiddensee, Germany – Baltic Island Hideaway

In the Baltic Sea just off Germany’s northeastern coast lies the island of Hiddensee, an island known for its beautiful nature and for the fact that there are absolutely no cars on the island. As the island is long and thin with an area of 19 square km (7.34 square miles), the 1300 inhabitants and…

Glastonbury Abbey, UK – Walking the ruins

Nestled in the sleepy, mystic town of Glastonbury in Somerset are the ruins of what was once one of the most powerful institutions to have existed in the UK. I am of course referring to the famous Glastonbury Abbey. History Foundation The history of the Abbey goes back to the 7th century. The king of…

Malbun, Liechtenstein – High in the Alps

High in the Alps in microstate of Liechtenstein lies Malbun, a small town a few kilometres from the Austrian border and Liechtenstein’s only ski resort. It has a single access road (through Triesenberg) to access Malbun. Malbun lies in a U-shaped valley; as one would expect from a ski resort, is mostly hotels, restaurants and other ski resort-related…

Cebollas rellenas de bonito (Onions stuffed with bonito fish)

Hello everyone, I thought today I would try a different kind of post. Last week I was travelling in Asturias in northern Spain (pictures and details still to come!) and I came across a dish that really piqued my interest. It was an interesting concept and so I decided to try them, especially as they…

Pedraforca, Spain – The Double-Peaked Mountain

Pedrafroca, located between the Provinces of Barcelona and Lleida in Spain, is a mountain in Catalunya. Mountains in Catalunya, you say. What is so special about a mountain when the Pyrenees run along the northern border? What makes this mountain not only special but also a symbol of Catalunya is its rare shape. It is a…

Roda de Isábena, Spain – Defence against the Moors

Set on at the top of a hill in the mountainous region of Huesca, a village known as the Roda de Isábena overlooks the valley of Isàvena. Nestled at the very top, you can accessed it by one road or two footpaths. In fact, parking for the village is found at the bottom of the…

Jaén, Spain – Spending a little time in olive heaven

To the north of the province of Granada in Andalucia in Spain lies the province of Jaén. In the southwest of this province lies the city of the same name, the capital of the province. History The city of Jaén has a long history: the Neolithic period saw humans arrive here celebrated by the well-known…

Gorafe, Spain – Exploring the desert

The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. This famous line, from the musical My Fair Lady about a lower class cockney girl who’s given speech lessons as part of a bet between two gentlemen of the upper class, is actually not true. However, you would wish that you had even a drop of…

Laxenburg, Austria – The play park of emperors

Laxenburg is a town in the federal state of Lower Austria /Niederösterreich located to the south of the capital city, Vienna. Laxenburg is well known for its castles. It has three: the Altes Schloss (old castle), the Blauer Hof (Blue Court) and Franzensburg Castle. For a small town of under 3000 people, this is quite…

Como, Italy – Italian riches

When taking a long road trip (for example, from France to Liechtenstein), it is always a good idea to have a point to stop, stretch one’s legs and see something interesting to break up the monotonous hours of motorway/autobahn/highway travel. This specific stop was a nice city on the Swiss-Italian border (on the Italian side): Como….

Riu de Jan, Andorra – High in the Pyrenees

High in the Pyrenees, nestled amongst the peaks in the Principality of Andorra, lies a river on the Andorran-French border known as the Riu de Jan. The turnoff to get to this remote area is just north of Meritxell, the famous Andorran sanctuary. With a spring high in the mountains, this area is a great place…

Vaduz, Liechtenstein – A tiny capital for a tiny country

The town dates back to the 1100s (at least, it was mentioned in manuscripts from the time) and a castle from 1322, but both were completely destroyed by the Swiss in 1499. Until 1719, Liechtenstein was held by the Hohenems family, after which it was purchased by the Liechtenstein family, who originally come from Castle…

Steg, Liechtenstein – Halfway up the Liechtensteiner Alps

Making our way up from Triesenberg, the next stop in our trip through Liechtenstein was in Steg, a small village in the Liechtensteiner mountains. It is accessible only through a tunnel. Steg is so small that its population is simply added to the municipality of Triesenburg rather than counted separately. The grand total population therefore…

Santuari de Meritxell, Andorra

Up in the mountains in Andorra lies a village called Meritxell (the ‘tx’ is pronounced like the ‘ch’ in English) with a whopping 66 inhabitants. So why is it one of the places to go when visiting Andorra if you want to get a feel for the people? The answer lies in the Santuari de…

Parc national des Écrins, France – Hiking a glacier

On the French-Italian border, above the Parc Natural de Mercantour and below Mont Blanc/Chamonix, lies the Parc national des Écrins. Within this park, I came face-to-face with something I had never experienced before but thought was absolutely amazing: a glacier. Until 27 August 2018, I had never seen a glacier before. Well, that is not…

Loarre Castle, Spain – The final defence

Loarre Castle is quite a special place due to its history; it is not only one of the oldest castles in Spain, but also a fortified abbey. Originally built as the line of last defence in northern Huesca (Aragon) against the Moorish invaders. Then it was converted into a fortified religious site, and then expanded…

Triesenberg, Liechtenstein – Beginning the ascent of the country

Just south of the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, there exist two town with similar names. The first is Triesen, which like Vaduz, is located next to the Rhein River. Triesenberg (as the name suggested if you understand German), sits above Triesen on the side of one of the mountains in Liechtenstein. It is hard to…

Balzers, Liechtenstein – On the valley floor

Balzers is a small town in Liechtenstein that is located in the south-west portion of the country, across the border (and the Rhein River, which is the border) from the Swiss town of Sargans. Balzers (like all places in Liechtenstein) is a small town a few thousand inhabitants. What sets it apart is the castle,…

Llacs de Tristaina, Andorra – Andorran beauty

If you are going to Andorra, most likely you are going either to hike or ski. Or you are going to evade tax, but that is a different story entirely. We ended up in Andorra after visiting France to spend time with parents and enjoy nature. One of the places that you can hike in Andorra,…

Arlon, Belgium – Religious overload

Our trip to Arlon in Belgium was quite unexpected but well worth the trip. The train line between Luxembourg City and Arlon (a friend was heading to Namur) was closed; instead we drove her to Arlon. As we arrived an hour before the train departed, we decided to visit the local church and it was…

Vianden Castle, Luxembourg – The birthplace of the lowlands

After visiting Luxembourg City, our next stop was Vianden and its famous castle. Vianden lies in a valley along the German-Luxembourg border where the river Our passes through. The town is located on both sides of the river and has grown along it rather than up the steep sides. It is also partially located in…

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – A European capital

Luxembourg City, the capital city of Luxembourg, is a truly remarkable city in which you can see wonderful architecture, picturesque views and astonishing places. Luxembourg City holds the world top spot for personal safety and ranks high for quality of life; Luxembourg the country has the second highest GDP in the world! If you are…

Urspelt, Luxembourg – A hidden castle

After Aachen and Maastricht, we drove to northern Luxembourg where we were staying in the Chateau d’Urspelt (Ischpelt in Luxemburgisch) which has a huge population of 100 people. The Chateau d’Urspelt (Urspelt Castle) is a complex that dates back to at least the 11th Century. This is suggested by a well that dates back to…

Maastricht, Netherlands – The Rhine’s centre of religion

Just across the border from Aachen in Germany lies the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Like Aachen, Maastricht also has a Roman history. Unlike Aachen, it did not develop into a political capital. Rather Maastricht developed into a religious one due to the legend of the death and burial of Saint Servatius. At the same…

Aachen, Germany – A capital of emperors

Aachen is a city with a long, proud history, which stretches back to Neolithic times (3000 BC). From the Romans using it as a source of hot springs to Charlemagne using the city as the capital of his Frankish empire to being the capital of its own country (very briefly, the Rhenish Republic). Aachen has…

Ystradfellte Waterfalls, Wales – Welsh Waterfall Wellness

As discussed in my previous post about Castell Dinas, Powys is the home of the Brecon Beacons National Park and beautiful nature! One of the areas of Brecon Beacons is called Waterfall Country at the head of the Valley of Neath where many waterfalls can be found and are easily accessed. One such set of waterfalls…

Castell Ddinas, Wales – Ancient defences

Castell Ddinas was the highest castle in England and Wales and dates back to the Iron Age, which in Britain was between 600BC and 50AD. Along with many castles in Wales, such as Caerphilly Castle, it was built during the Norman Conquest of Wales. This particular castle was expanded to become a Norman fort in…

Montserrat, Spain – One of Catalonia’s religious mountain

So you have visited Barcelona and, frankly, you have seen it all in the city. Are you bored of the sunshine, the moonlight, and the boogie? But what else is there to do? Well, if you can take day trips (either in your own or public transport), Montserrat is the place to go! But what…

Pyrenees Mountains, Spain – Hiking the border

If you are ever on the Spanish-Andorran-French border, you have to be blind to miss the Pyrenees Mountains. Or I guess you are passing through the tunnel that now runs underneath the mountains on the motorway. The mountains rise high in the sky. Much of the Pyrenees Mountain range is in national parks; the respective…

Sierra Nevada, Spain – The foot of the peninsula

The Sierra Nevada Mountain range in the province of Granada is 100% worth a visit. No matter who you are, if you like the outdoors, you will find what you are looking for (skiing, hiking, climbing, stargazing, etc.) The Sierra Nevada has the third highest peak in Europe, called the Mulhacen, which rises over 3,450…

Black Forest (Schwarzwald), Germany – Here there be witches

The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) is a major feature of the state of Baden-Württemberg. It runs from flatter areas in the north to mountains separating Switzerland and Germany in the south. The Schwarzwald contains a cornucopia of geography, geology and topography. These include mountains, valleys, large lakes and even the largest waterfall (in Triberg) in Germany….

Budapest, Hungary – The twin capital

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is definitely one of the European capitals that I would highly recommend to anyone on a tour of Europe. From brilliant architecture and rich history to the thermal baths to the ruin bars, there is something for everyone. Additionally, as is true with many eastern European countries, Budapest and Hungary…

Los Cahorros (Monachil), Spain – Cooling off in the desert

Near the town of Monachil runs a river called Río Monachil. It has cut a gorge and V-shaped valley over millennia.  Erosion has left a wonderful area for hiking, climbing, and getting away from Granada’s summer heat (over 40°C, 100°F). The temperature in the valley is often 10°C lower than most of the surrounding areas….

Maulbronn Monastery, Germany – A Religious Paradise

Nestled in the tiny town of Maulbronn in the Enz Province of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, sits the Maulbronn Monastery, a Romanesque-style monastery with a long past. This Monastery, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a long and bloody past but is also a beautiful and unique place to visit. The name comes from…

Mainau, Germany – Germany’s Garden

Today I would like to present for your viewing pleasure the wonderful island of Mainau in the Bodensee (Lake Constance). Mainau, like the rest of the Bodensee, is only a stone through away from the Swiss border. Mainau has a very long history of being a place of human settlement. The Celts, the Romans, the…

Ruine Hochburg, Germany – Defending the entrance to the Black Forest

As I promised those who follow this blog on Instagram, this blog post is on the Ruine Hochburg (High Castle Ruins). The Ruine Hochburg is located in Baden-Württemberg near Freiburg im Breisgau between the villages of Emmendingen (where I used to live) and Sexau. Originally known as Hachberg, the castle was built in the 11th…

Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz), Germany – A hike through nature

On the border between Germany and the Czech Republic lies a natural park called Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz). The park lies in the Elbe Valley (the river runs through Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland) and attracts nature-lovers both locally and internationally due to the abundance of nature trails and climbing spots (which literally…

Dresden, Germany – The dark capital

So I was recently able to spend a few hours in Dresden, one of the historic centres of Germany which has enjoyed a lot of power throughout its history. Its importance in the Holy Roman Empire especially led to its prosperity. You can see it in the architecture (what Dresden is probably most well known…

Wartburg Castle, Germany – The birthplace of religious resistance

Eisenach is a town in western Thüringen (Thuringia). It is well known for its UNESCO World Heritage site, Wartburg Castle. This town has a surprisingly star-studded history: Martin Luther translated the Bible from Latin to German in Eisenach, Johann Sebastian Bach was born here in 1865, and hosted the famous writer/statesman Johann Wolfgang Goethe, all…

Thanks to you! (oh, and summer travel plans)

Dear everyone, If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I said that I was going to do my next post on Eisenach, Germany. While that post will still be coming, I wanted to say thank you to everyone first. I have had this blog for 2.5 months now (I started on the 15th…

Parc del Laberint d’Horta, Spain – Abandoned estate

The Parc del Laberint d’Horta (Horta’s Labyrinth Park) is the oldest garden in the city of Barcelona. Located on a former estate, the Parc and its famous labyrinth opened to the public in 1971; residents and visitors alike have enjoyed it ever since. The Neoclassical section of the Parc is split into three terrace levels. 1) the…

Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm), Germany – Olympic hiking

When one thinks about Germany, the usual stereotypes that one has of German culture is from Bavaria, with its Oktoberfest, Lederhosen and Oom-pah music. One of the things that you think about with Alpine culture is the mountains. However, did you know that there are other famous geographical formations around the Alps? How about Partnach…

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales – Mum wants to live by the sea

Pembrokeshire is well known for its Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Can you guess where it is?Pembrokeshire. Can you guess what it contains? The majority of the Pembrokeshire coast. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is also the only national park in the UK created primarily for coastal areas. The only non-contiguous parts are a few port…

Oystermouth Castle, Wales – Guarding the Bay

One of the castles overlooking Swansea Bay is Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles, the village of the rich just outside of the city of Swansea. Oystermouth Castle has a thousand-year-old history, although the present castle of stone has only been standing for around 800 years (and underwent refurbishment, meaning they added a few things like a visitors…

Three Cliffs Bay, Wales – A coastal retreat

Are you looking for an unlikely beach where there aren’t many people? Would you consider going anywhere north of Ibiza? Well, if you answered yes to these questions (or at least the second one), then have I got a beach to show you!! This is Three Cliffs Bay: Not far from the city of Swansea…

Cardona, Spain – Of Dukes and Salt Mountains

Cardona (Spain) is a well-known town in Catalonia for the Castle and the Muntanya de Sal. Muntanya de Sal (Salt Mountain) It’s most prominent feature (and the reason why it is well-known) is the Muntanya de Sal (Mountain of Salt), a rock salt mine opened under the Romans. The mine is no longer producing; you can…

Congost de Mont-rebei, Spain – The turquoise river

***WARNING: THIS POST IS A SHAMELESS NATURE PORNOGRAPHY POST. DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU DO NOT LIKE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BEAUTIFUL, SEXY PLACES*** Once there was a small river that flowed on what is now on the border between the provinces of Aragon and Catalonia in Spain. Over much time, this river formed a gorge…

Hildesheim, Germany – A tale from history

Continuing on with the Germany theme, I would like to introduce a nice, small city in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) that I particularly like called Hildesheim. If you like medieval history, this small city 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Hanover is the place to be. It is one of the oldest cities in northern Germany;…

Berlin, Germany – Love it or Hate it

So I have finally done it: a post about Germany! A country that I spent some great years of my life. I wasn’t sure where to start as I have a lot of material. I also realised that a lot of the older material looks, well, old in terms of quality that was widely available…

Exploring Palo Alto Market, Barcelona

Yesterday (2nd June 2018) was the first time that I went to Palo Alto Market in Barcelona. Palo Alto Market describes itself as a creative market and it is filled with artisanal products, such as handmade clothing, that is open only on the weekends. Many of the products are made from recycled materials, such as plastic…

Antigua

So my travel posts so far focus on Europe (which, admittedly, is where I have done the most travelling and is the most recent). However I would like to begin to rectify this imbalance with a post about a wonderful island in the Caribbean that I visited in July 2009 named Antigua. In 2009 Antigua was…