Finland in the Wild
This winter I went to Narnia aka the Wild Taiga in Finland. I arrived in the early evening and was driven along snow covered roads through pools of yellow light cast by the street lights above us. After passing through the town of Kuhmo the residences thinned out quickly and were non-existent when we turned off the road. My hotel, Hotel Kalevala, looked like a fictional creation from the outside as it loomed up ahead through a misty haze. My adventure had begun ...
Christmas December 2017 – Where did that Year Go?
I was a bit later than usual writing my Christmas letter this year. The snow arrived early in the Dolomites and the thought of skiing fresh snow in December was irresistible. I went to my favourite resort, Madonna di Campiglio where I stayed at my favourite hotel, Hotel Lorenzetti. It was wonderful ...
Walking on the Island of Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is the oldest but the least developed of the Canary Islands. Its natural landscape and wild coastline is a lovely environment for some good walking. The best time to go walking on this island is the winter when the fierce winds that cool the hot summer sun have abated but the weather is still pleasantly warm ...
Walking the Makarska Riviera in Croatia
The Markarska Riviera is a beautiful stretch of coastline in the region of Dalmatia in Croatia. Its splendour is enhanced by the impressive Mount Biokovo that stands guard behind the town. Composed of limestone nature has fashioned this huge mountain into a series of peaks, plains and valleys. As the sun sets the rocky outcrops turn a beautiful shade of pink in the fading light ...
A Portrait of Pom - our guide in Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang may no longer be the Royal Capital but it is still considered the main centre of Buddhism in Laos. I was delighted when we met our guide, Khampom or Pom, to discover that he had been a Buddhist monk for fourteen years. Who better to show us around the city?
Folgaria - a Fun Place to Ski in Italy
Folgaria is simply that – a fun place to ski. This attractive Italian resort has five separate ski areas and one of them, Costa, is accessed by the tourist train that runs regularly throughout the day. The only place I know where a little road train transports tourists and skiers. The latter are free with the ski pass.
The Sound of Stefano
I have always been proud of being British and my heritage than includes the Changing of the Guard, Trooping the Colour and fish and chips but the British Brass Band was never on my list, that is, until I met Stefano ...
A Guide in Guatemala
Travel is not only about destinations but also about the people you meet while you are there. Here is my story about a guide I met in Guatemala ...
From Here to There at Twixmas in Italy
I had spent Christmas in the charming town of Dimaro in Trentino and now I was on my way to Tuscany for New Year. The first part of my journey was easy - a coach to Verona ...
Entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate - Unforgettable
As I entered Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate one sunny afternoon tears sprang to my eyes. These tears had nothing to do with the privations I had endured under canvas on the way there ...