It’s not that I have anything against water, but I’ve always been more of an over-lander or fly-driver when it comes to international travel. So tomorrow is going to be a case of in at the deep end (metaphorically speaking, I trust), as I head off on my first cruise proper, to the Norwegian Fjords. By ‘first cruise proper’ I mean something beyond a cross-channel ferry, which is as far as I’ve ventured so far...
To be fair, the cows themselves don’t rouse all that much curiosity. I am, after all, talking regular mooing livestock commonly found roaming in herds across green fields or dusty plains. It’s where you find this particular little group of cattle, and what brought them there, that adds the hefty pinch of intrigue.
I’ve just finished watching an old episode of Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole TV series, first broadcast in 1992. It’s made me feel terribly nostalgic.
It was almost midnight, one night midway through the 2nd week of August. Most sensible folk were heading for restful slumber, but me? Armed with flask and red-light torch, and sporting umpteen layers of clothing, I was about to join a car-full of people I didn’t know very well on a foray into the West Sussex countryside.
This weekend sees me returning to the great outdoors for my first Solarsphere Festival experience. It’s part of a growing trend in astrotourism activities and events around the world and I’m excited to be visiting a part of Wales (Builth Wells) I don’t know and combining 3 of my favourite things; travel, astronomy and music.
When you fall in love with a destination, and re-visit it after many years, there is often a slight risk that it won’t live up to the reputation your rosy memories have bestowed upon it. For starters, has it changed much since you were there? Are you even the same person you were then, or have your life experiences altered the way you see things? Will you wish you’d never gone back, and left those...
High above the citrus groves of the Almanzora Valley, beyond the sun-baked terraces of traditional Spanish pueblo life, strange white-domed shapes loom like imposing bulbous giants atop the pine-clad Sierra de los Filabres.
For the last couple of days, Royal Caribbean’s new flagship Harmony of the Seas, has been waiting patiently outside City Terminal in Southampton, anticipating the green light for her maiden voyage. She’s the largest cruise ship in the world, and a template for the kind of floating city you might see in a sci-fi or fantasy movie. At almost 7,000 passenger capacity and housing over 2,000 crew members, she is the equivalent length of 4...
In March 2015, a partial eclipse of the Sun, visible from Britain, brought back fond memories of a frantic chase across rolling countryside on Wednesday 11th August 1999, the last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the UK (from the tip of Cornwall). Only this wasn’t the Cornish peninsula we were crossing, but the mosaic of French fields dotting the rural landscape in northern France. Pin it for later
Don’t become ill on the Trans-Siberian, not unless you are proficient in Russian. Even then, you may experience a ride in a builder’s van masquerading as an ambulance – and the small matter of having to palm airport officials with US dollars to exit the country upon your recovery.