Somerset & Devon walking
Devon

A Shocking Return to Walking in Britain

August 18, 2021 Andy 0

“Lower! Lower!” Jack’s commands assault my ears but my back refuses to bend any further. If I squat, I get the “That’s it!” approval but then I can’t move forward. I decide to just go […]

Cycling the ecovia from Ponte de Lima to Viana do Castelo
Europe

A Curious Incident On The Way To Viana do Castelo

October 20, 2020 Andy 0

Something catches my eye, movement by the water line about 200 metres to my right, on the far bank of the river. Squinting into the sun, I see what looks like the torso of a large man hauling himself out of the river, dragging his withered legs behind him… […]

Europe

Being James Bond in Siena, Tuscany

August 11, 2019 Andy 0

Tables, chairs and parasols line narrow streets and fill small piazzas, their occupants enjoying fat-crusted pizzas whose slices reluctantly pull apart in a cat’s cradle of melted cheese, and plates of pasta topped with rich sauce and drizzled in aromatic olive oil. […]

NUB, La Laguna, Tenerife
Europe

Gastronomy in the Cloud at Nub, La Laguna

June 24, 2019 Andy 0

If we were in any doubt as to the importance of the cloud analogy to the restaurant, ‘snacks in the cloud’ dispelled it, providing six contrasting bites, two of which were placed on white clouds atop tall spikes […]

Douro

Plain Sailing on a Douro River Cruise

May 27, 2019 Andy 0

…the bridges and houses of Regua give way to layer upon layer of slopes braided in vines as the river narrows and the banks draw closer, embracing us in their unbridled beauty. […]

Gastro-hike Destinations

Scotland Is One Of The UK’s Top Gastro-Hike Destinations

November 12, 2018 Andy 0

With the food expectations bar set at a romantically reminiscent high, and walking expectations right up there with it, it was fitting that some thirty years after first awakening our taste buds, Scotland should receive pride of place as our first UK gastro-hiking destination […]