Ossau Valley

I couldn't very well spend a week in Béarn, in the shadow of the Pyrenees, without spending at least one day exploring the majestic mountain range. So we set off on a road trip that would take us through the Ossau Valley, one of a number of valleys cutting a swathe through the Pyrenees. The... Continue Reading →

Arenal Volcano National Park

Standing at 1,670m tall, it's impossible to miss Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica's largest active volcano. The enormous volcano dominates the surrounding area, which includes Costa Rica's largest lake, Lake Arenal, and the town of La Fortuna, which was my base for the next two days. The slumbering giant's been quiet these past few years, having... Continue Reading →


I was up bright and early on my second day in Hanoi and immediately made my way to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. The monument to the country's great leader, which houses his embalmed body, is huge and there were lots of guards, all in pristine white uniforms, milling around and making sure the visitors behaved... Continue Reading →

Hanoi: First impressions

My first stop on my Vietnamese trip was Hanoi and after flying into the city, I headed straight to my hotel in the old town to dump my bags and have a quick shower. Then it was time to get my bearings and explore Vietnam's capital city. Hanoi's old town is a maze of narrow streets and... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Wherever you are in the world, I hope you're having a wonderful day and enjoying some festive fun! This Christmas, I've been reminiscing about my favourite Christmas, in 2011, and thought I'd share it with you. It was just my parents and I for Christmas as everyone else was away, so fearing that Christmas... Continue Reading →

Titisee and the Black Forest

When we were looking for somewhere to visit in the Black Forest and Titisee was mentioned, I readily agreed. I imagined a charming lake in a remote part of the forest with a nice walking trail around it where we could spend a couple of hours ambling and a pretty town where you could stop... Continue Reading →

Lee Valley Country Park

Straddling the Essex-Hertfordshire border, the Lee Valley Country Park is a 1,000 acre picturesque site teeming with wildlife and the home of the Lee Valley White Water Centre (where you can follow in the footsteps of the London 2012 Olympic canoers). It's also a surprisingly peaceful and calming place to while away an afternoon. Aside from the odd cyclist,... Continue Reading →

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