If you know anything about the Japanese, it is that they love their monoculture gardens. Many Japanese people also know when different flowering plants are in full…… Read more “Hydrangea Festival at Takatôyama Park (Kitakyushu, Japan)￼￼”
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…… Read more “Pen y Fan, Wales – At the head of the Valleys”
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…… Read more “Rest and Be Thankful – Scotland A83”
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…… Read more “Brean Down, England – Down to the Sea”
Like the Rheinschlucht nearby, the Caumasee is a lake formed due to the largest known pre-historic landslide in the Alps. The lake itself (which is how See…… Read more “Caumasee, Switzerland – Ice blue water in winter”
The Ruinaulta or Rheinschlucht is a large canyon in the Canton of Grisons in Switzerland. It was formed approximately 10,000 years ago. when a landslide brought millions…… Read more “Rheinschlucht, Switzerland – The Grand Canyon of Switzerland”
On the German-Czech border lies a national park split by the two countries. The German side is Saxon Switzerland, named so by two artists employed by the…… Read more “Bohemian Switzerland (Böhmische Schweiz), Czech Republic – A Walk in the Park”
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,…… Read more “Peak District, England – The land of inspiration”
You may not connect Germany with the ocean in your mind. However you would be remiss to forget that Germany actually has two coasts. One the eastern…… Read more “Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft, Germany – The sea is calm tonight”
If you are ever near Girona in Spain and have some time, check out Cap Norfeu! It is a area of natural beauty on the Mediterranean coast in Catalonia, Spain.
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…… Read more “Schiefergebirge, Germany – My Heart’s in the Highlands”
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:
In the foothills of the Pyrenees near Roda de Isábena lies a Romanesque monastery. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Santa Maria), mountains surround it on all sides…… Read more “Monasterio de Obarra, Spain – Monastery in a valley”
The beaches of Barbados are there to be appreciated!
High in the Picos de Europa National Park in Asturias, Spain lies the town of Covadonga. Near the town lies the Lagos (Lakes) of Covadonga. They form…… Read more “Lakes of Covadonga, Spain – The Roof of Spain (Lagos de Covadonga)”