Eden Project, UK – The Eighth Wonder of the World

There are some things that humans have made in the name of science that are just amazing. One example is Biosphere 2 for climate change and space research in Arizona. Another is the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. The smaller, Mediterranean biome is to the right and the rainforest biome is in the mid-ground. History … Continue reading Eden Project, UK – The Eighth Wonder of the World

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. The entrance to McCaig's Tower can only be accessed by foot. McCaig's Tower was the idea of John Stuart McCaig, a banker who wanted to do … Continue reading McCaig’s Tower, Oban, Scotland – The Scottish Amphitheatre

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. A lot of these valleys have streams or small rivers in them that are still eroding them, continuing what small glaciers started 13,000 - 15,000 years … Continue reading Pen y Fan, Wales – At the head of the Valleys

Arduaine Garden, Scotland – A slice of the world

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. A … Continue reading Arduaine Garden, Scotland – A slice of the world

Ardchattan Priory, Scotland – 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. A view of Loch Etive from the wall of the main priory garden History Ardchattan Priory resulted from Duncan MacDougal, the Lord of Argyll, located in Dunollie Castle. He invited the … Continue reading Ardchattan Priory, Scotland – A garden of contemplation

Bridge Over The Atlantic, Scotland – Clachan Bridge to the Island of Seil

Just south of Oban in Scotland lies a bridge built in 1792. Connecting the Island of Seil to mainland Scotland, the bridge is known as Clachan Bridge. It gets its name from the body of water it crosses, which is the Clachan Sound. However it has a second name, which is the "Bridge over the … Continue reading Bridge Over The Atlantic, Scotland – Clachan Bridge to the Island of Seil

Falkirk Kelpies, Scotland – 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 … Continue reading Falkirk Kelpies, Scotland – A tribute to Scotland and strong horses

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 … Continue reading Rest and Be Thankful – Scotland A83

Tintinhull Gardens, England – 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 … Continue reading Tintinhull Gardens, England – Weekend Paradise

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 … Continue reading Zurich – General Information

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 … Continue reading Austria – General Information

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? … Continue reading Asturias – General Information

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 … Continue reading Aragon – General Information

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 … Continue reading Andalucia – General Information

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 … Continue reading The Principality of Andorra – General information