Hiking

These boots were made for walking, but so were those others…

July 15, 2019 Jack 0

In the last decade and a half I’ve learnt a lot about hiking boots and shoes. Which is why we have a shoe rack inside our front door filled with them. We own five pairs each; different ones for varying conditions. Wherever we’re travelling to and whatever type of walking is required determines which comes with us. […]

Europe

A series of short walks in Scotland

July 8, 2019 Jack 0

A short route recommended by the folk at our hotel, the 15th century Knipoch, took us along a grassy path lined by bushy confers and moss-covered drystane dykes to an open hillock surrounded by crispy bracken and a tartan coloured vista which took in slender Loch Feochan, Mull, Islay, and a rolling landscape which had me wishing I was wearing my kilt. […]

Food and drink

Tips for using Tripadvisor restaurant reviews

July 2, 2019 Jack 0

Whatever anyone thinks about the travel advisory giant, Tripadvisor is the best place for finding information about restaurants in any given location. However, there’s a right way to use it and lots of wrong ways. […]

Food and drink

7 steps to culinary enlightenment

July 1, 2019 Jack 0

If you’re the sort of person who, in culinary terms, likes and dislikes exactly the same things you enjoyed as a child, stop reading. This will be meaningless. On the other hand, if your palate has evolved over the years, then you might want to try this little exercise yourself. […]

Portugal

Slow travel, overtourism and rural locations

June 18, 2019 Jack 0

“Bom dia,” the woman smiles at us. She leans on the granite window frame of a traditional farm labourer’s cottage, watching inquisitively as we stroll through the tiny hamlet. “Little does she know we might be harbingers of a mini invasion,” Andy ponders. […]

Europe

The end of spring in central Portugal

June 16, 2019 Jack 0

The season has changed. This hit home on Friday in the supermarket where there was a distinctly different vibe. People were dressed in full on summer uniform. There were telling empty places on the shelves where boxes of Sagres beer and sacks of BBQ briquettes should be. […]

Picture This

From Tenerife to Tortel, WOW travel moments

June 13, 2019 Jack 0

Some images, on the other hand, speak for themselves. These are the ones which show that WOW travel moment. It was one such photo which prompted this pondering. It remains one of my biggest WOW travel experiences. […]