Category: Europe

Walking Tenerife – Erjos to Masca

Tenerife, yes, it was wonderful to be back in Tenerife, hiking again! My favourite pastime in one of my favourite places to hike. Those that come to this island to drink and sunbathe may only see the sandy fraction of it in the South but those that wander see an island of vast variety, history, nature and culture. It was day one of the Tenerife Walking Festival and my first walk was to be Erjos to Masca, through the eastern Tuno Rural Park, along ridges and to see a beautifully green part of Tenerife. Let’s go! a 10 km...

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The Perfect Trattoria in Rome

My friend Katie and I were busy getting lost in Rome when we stumbled, quite literally, across the most incredible little trattoria. It was so incredible that I need to share it with you, so it can be added as a compulsory ‘to do’ on your next trip. We’d been ambling down the river, walking back from a failed trip to the Vatican (failed because it turns out we actually only saw the museums…), when we came into Trastevere – a cute little neighbourhood of cobbled streets and pizzerias. It started to rain so we dove straight first into...

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Minimal Amsterdam

Continuing my little foray into minimal photography whilst on city breaks and following Minimal Edinburgh and Minimal Glasgow I now present Minimal Amsterdam. OK – I admit all these pictures are not all that minimal – but still they aren’t the normal picture postcard views of a city. In my first blog about Amsterdam I quoted that the French philosopher René Descartes wrote in 1631 of the Dutch Republic: “Where else in the world can one enjoy all the comforts of life and all the interesting things that a person might wish to find? What other country is there...

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Exploring Budapest’s Ruin Pubs

Some people come to Budapest for the architecture. Others come for the al fresco thermal baths. Some (probably most, if we’re being honest!) come for the nightlife. Budapest has all the ingredients for a great night out. The beer and wine are cheap, the city is easy to get around, and the Jewish Quarter is home to some really unique, so-called ‘ruin pubs’. These pubs started popping up at the turn of the 21st century, when the neighbourhood’s abandoned houses and factory buildings were filled with second-hand furniture and makeshift bars. These days, they’re at the heart of Budapest’s not-so-underground...

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Malta – Azure Ultra Luxury Yacht Experience

Malta is a wonderful island for sun, food, history and relaxation. I have been many a time as you know and recently I was kindly invited to spend time in luxurious relaxation, aboard the yachts of Azure Ultra. These yachts you would think belonged to mega mega millionaires but these yachts you can own your own time for or charter yourself for a memorable experience. Enjoy Malta in a whole special way! Malta is wonderful to explore… but what about seeing it from a whole new perspective? Every whim is taken care of. You have your own Captain and...

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Tenerife Landscapes & Seascapes: Whilst dreaming of Humboldt and Darwin

Lots of people will probably think of Tenerife as the home of cheap (ish) holidays in the sun for Northern Europeans – especially the ‘lager louts’ of Britain.  And to some extent this has been the case – Los Christianos and Las Americas still have a little bit of this image.   Tenerife and the other Canary islands, however, have a lot more to offer.  My previous blog on Dolphins outlines some of the marine wildlife watching opportunities of the islands.  The geology is also fantastic, the centre of Tenerife being the volcano of El Teide  – also the...

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