Europe

Scenes of walking in Peneda-Gerês National Park

January 21, 2020 Jack 0

Portugal’s only National Park meanders spreads south from the Castro Laboreiro to the Mourelo Plateau. It is a wonderfully wild expanse of glacial valleys, boulder-strewn plateaus, lakes and rivers, high mountains (in Portuguese terms), cork and oak forests, and tiny settlements… […]

Alentejo

Ten scenes of the Alentejo in Portugal

November 12, 2019 Jack 0

Ask me two years ago what visions the word Alentejo formed in my mind and my immediate answer would have been vast golden plains; a landscape devoid of people save for a handful of settlements, […]

Europe

In a valley on La Gomera

August 27, 2019 Jack 0

Jo will be gutted when I tell her Benedict Allen almost chose La Gomera as a place to lay his dusty, old wide-brimmed hat for a while. She’ll be furious when I tell her why. […]

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. […]

Hiking

Scenic saunters across Europe

January 27, 2019 Jack 0

Something occurred to me the other day as we stood on a ridge overlooking a valley in Arrabida, Portugal. Whenever I hear the name of a specific area the image which pops into my head usually isn’t one of just bricks and mortar, it’s often a countryside scene […]

La Palma

Scenes from the water’s edge

January 6, 2019 Jack 0

As the wintery sun yawns and slips towards the duvet of the horizon there’s a mini pilgrimage in Alcochete on the southern banks of the Tagus. The place of worship is Alcach, a bar with jazzy sounds and chairs facing west. […]