Travel Talk

Can you feel the soul?

June 12, 2018 Jack 0

The link between these examples is both were about places which feel soulless to me; the travel equivalents of shop window mannequins, decked out in much the same gear as a human but with no beating heart […]

Europe

Turning Left, A Walk In Palmela, Portugal

June 11, 2018 Andy 0

For months we’ve lived at the end of a dirt track, in this lovely quinta with its enormous iron gates, always turning right beyond them, back along the dusty, rutted track to reach the road. Today we turn left, and I think of Jean Ainslie… […]

Europe

A Taste of the Camino Santiago

May 9, 2018 Andy 0

We pass the familiar stone waymark post with a yellow shell on a blue background. On top, a pair of walking boots sit, their journey done, their story now woven into the very fabric of the Camino… […]

Port tasting at Graham's Lodge
Europe

Putting the Port in Porto

February 4, 2018 Andy 0

It’s hard to imagine I was semi-seriously considering paying €38 for a bottle of port. Last week I would have laughed out loud at such a preposterous prospect. Yet here, alongside its terroir, it tastes like liquid heaven and worthy of its price tag. […]

Portagem, Marvao, Portugal
Alentejo

A Serendipitous Arrival into Galegos

July 24, 2017 Andy 0

“Excuse me, can you tell me where we can get petrol please?”
“Espanha”.
It’s almost 4pm on a Saturday, we were supposed to be in Galegos an hour ago; we have no petrol, no idea where we are, and the nearest gas station is in Spain… […]

Chile

Voyage to the Jorge Montt Glacier in Chile

January 19, 2017 Andy 0

Almost two hours into our voyage, I notice what looks like an iceberg floating off the starboard bow in the distance. Before long, the sea has become more iceberg than open water, a floating gallery of fantastical shapes… […]