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Wandering along the riverbank today, I suddenly noticed something darting frenetically among the grasses and reeds beside the path. I have to say that I was quite surprised when I realised it was a mole – but was he lost or simply looking for Ratty? I'm actually writing the walking notes for new UK short walking break ;– but I'm not allowed to tell you where it is yet...

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Posted: 25/06/2012 22:00:21 by | with 0 comments



It was hot, not oppressively so, but very enjoyably hot. Too hot to walk? Well, not really. We had taken our time and we’d stopped on numerous occasions to dip our feet in the sea. Nice… As we approached Porto Covo, we noticed a low-lying island just off the coast. It had a square rock formation in the centre, which, as we got nearer, we realised was another fort...

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Posted: 22/06/2012 15:32:26 by | with 0 comments



Walking holidays in EuropeWell, not really, as the magnificent volcanoes I’m alluding to are all dormant and have been for centuries. But did you know that there are, in fact, over 80 volcanoes or volcanic ‘regions’ in Europe that are classed as ‘active’? Some of them are very well-known (and very active): Etna, Vesuvius, Stromboli and, of course, the infamous Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, but others are far harder to identify, never mind name. Read the full post
Posted: 21/06/2012 11:21:21 by | with 0 comments



Cycling holidays in SicilyWe may well all have heard of the term ‘baroque’ in relation to art, music and architecture, but what exactly does it refer to? Now I’m certainly no expert and so I have (unashamedly) taken my definitions from others, but worded in a way that I hope will be easy to understand. The term itself is French, derived from the Portuguese word barroco for a ‘rough or imperfectly-shaped pearl’. Read the full post
Posted: 20/06/2012 14:30:15 by | with 0 comments



Walking holidays in MallorcaI recently posted a short piece in praise of the guides who will see you safely through the forested foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. I should have included our guides in Morocco, too, as they also receive consistently high praise, but their time will come. I now want to bring to your attention another group of unsung heroes without whom our walking and cycling holidays simply could not function - our fleet of taxi drivers. Read the full post
Posted: 19/06/2012 17:29:26 by | with 1 comments



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