Category: Europe

Berlin Minimal – The Reichstag and Bundestag Buildings

To those us brought up on The World at War documentaries the very word ‘Reichstag’ summons up images of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, goose-stepping SS and the dreadful, hideous reality of the extermination of up to 12 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the disabled.  6 million of these victims were Jews – estimated to be approximately 2/3rds of the European Jewish population at the time. Although the Reichstag building seems synonymous with the Nazi era it actually wasn’t used during Hitler’s time in power as he used a fire in the building on the 27 February 1937...

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3 Main Stages of El Camino Final 8 Day Hike

Two weeks ago I set out to walk 116km over 6 days through the final stretch of the famed El Camino, or The Way, in north western Spain. It was a big undertaking and even though I am in relatively good shape, love hiking and being outdoors, 116 in 6 days is a big push. The trip had been organized through a company called G Adventures, and prior to taking off they sent me a detailed itinerary with an outline of how the hike was going to be. This was a great planning tool and allowed me to gain...

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Sitio Litre – The Orchid Garden of Tenerife

The oldest garden on the island of Tenerife. Not the biggest attraction but yet a very interesting one and a wonder for the senses too! If you are ever visiting Puerto de la Cruz in the North of the island then this is a recommended stop. It is hard to see in the modern setup of the city but this was once ‘the’ big private mansion of the area built in 1730 as a convent originally. The gardens are open to the public, full of history with famous names for visitors gone by, plus open to the public to...

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Walk The Camino de Santiago

Lace up your boots, we’re in for an adventure! 116km by foot kind of adventure. Over rolling hills of lush grass and past golden fields of wheat, through ancient stone villages and with greetings from friendly locals at every turn. El Camino de Santiago, or The Way, is an absolute classic European pilgrimage and a perfect hike for those looking to get out and explore. Our trip began from the quiet town of Sarria with six days and 116km to go. The morning was fresh and clear, not to cold but just not quite warm enough for shorts. I...

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Arrecife, Lanzarote – Living Among The Locals

Twenty years ago, my husband and I ventured into the territory of holidays with a baby and all the associated paraphernalia. Two years on, this morphed into holidays with varying combinations of any two from the list; babies, toddlers and children, involving yet more possessions. This was a wonderful, magical and intense time that was beyond precious. A time of my life during which, even though I was stretched to my limit in all respects, my heart was truly satisfied in my daily quest to do the absolute best for my little family. All good things come to an...

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Tenerife – A Colourful Walk Around Puerto de la Cruz

It had been a wonderful week on Tenerife once more, hiking some magnificent trails as part of the Tenerife Walking Festival. I had a day for downtime before my flight back home so it was time to explore more of the city I was staying in, Puerto de la Cruz. Most people, I imagine, think of Tenerife as places like Playa de las Americas etc of Tenerife South. A very touristic part of the island, bars, hotels and more sandy and bare. Around to the North of the Island there is such contrast. A lot greener, a lot quieter,...

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