an autumn view over portos riverside in portugal
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Autumn in Porto

A riverside walk with an insight to the nature and traditions that surround Portugal's city of Porto. Walking over the Ponte Luís I bridge, leaving our downtown Porto room behind, we took the southern bank of the Douro River, passing by the familiar port caves, in favour of what laid beyond. Heading in the direction… Continue reading Autumn in Porto

panoramic picture of the mountains in huesco from the pico de aguila hike
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Hiking in Huesca

From mushroom picking to taking a peek at the snow capped mountains of the Pyrenees, this was an unexpected hike in Aragon. When heading out for a walk, somehow, we always manage to reach some mountain peak.  This woodland walk searching for mushrooms was no different, as we ended up 1,623 metres high and taking… Continue reading Hiking in Huesca

the royal baths park in warsaw
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24 Hours in Warsaw

The old town by night, Royal Baths by day, a meal of traditional pierogi(dumplings) and a general mooch around the Centrum area.  Stepping from the train, Central Station (Centralna) was like many others. On leaving the station, I saw I had arrived in Warsaw. I head for the 'Frying Pan' (the locals meeting place), where… Continue reading 24 Hours in Warsaw

greek mountain museum on the island of zakynthos
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Wine Tasting on the Island of Zakynthos

A land train trip into the mountains on the Greek island of Zakynthos, tasting wine, eating meze and discovering local history. It was a warm Greek evening on the island of Zakynthos.  In the small town of Alykes the pools and beaches were emptying as holidaymakers showered and changed. I was getting ready for the… Continue reading Wine Tasting on the Island of Zakynthos

branicki palace gardens bialystok poland
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The Podlasie Region of Poland

The region's capital city of Bialystok is home to culture, Esperanto, many outdoor areas, architecture, theatrical puppets and traditional cuisine. The Podlasie region of Poland shares a border with Russia, Lithuania and Belarus, it is also not far from that of Ukraine. Over the Centuries it has become a melting pot of people, where different… Continue reading The Podlasie Region of Poland

santorini greece
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Santorini: An Island Tour

Famous for its sunsets, the Greek island of Santorini offers visitors a chance to explore on land and at sea. As one of the Greek Cyclade Islands, Santorini lies in the Aegon Sea, its name taken from Saint Irene. As many of the Greek islands have suffered volcanoes and earthquakes, Santorini is no different. Devastation… Continue reading Santorini: An Island Tour

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Celebrating the Feast of Saint John’s Eve in Catalonia

Fire runs, fireworks, beach parties and outdoor concerts, the Catalans know how to celebrate Saint John's Eve. I must have drifted off to sleep at some point as when I awoke it was peaceful again, after creating memories of the fiestas of Sant Joan that will stay with me for a lifetime. Driving around the… Continue reading Celebrating the Feast of Saint John’s Eve in Catalonia

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Hiking Serra de Llaberia: Catalunya, Spain

Walking from Pratdip to Mont Redon in Catalunya's Serra de Llaberia hills. The Serra de Llaberia is a protected natural space in the province of Tarragona. Two of us hiked from the village of Pratdip, known for the locally grown almonds and hazelnuts to Mont Redon. Covering approximately 10km over several hours of steady walking,… Continue reading Hiking Serra de Llaberia: Catalunya, Spain

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Travel Destinations that Inspired Famous Authors

Home towns and travel destinations have always inspired writers, travel platform Agoda has shared their list of where some authors took their inspiration. Edinburgh, Scotland is where literary hero J.K. Rowling spent much of her time writing her most famous work, the Harry Potter series. The Scottish capital, much like Harry Potter, offers something for… Continue reading Travel Destinations that Inspired Famous Authors

hill of crosses at holy water sanctuary poland
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The Holy Water of Wasilkow

Taken on a bike ride through the countryside and villages of Poland’s Podlasie region I was unsure what exactly I was going to see. I was being taken to the Holy Water or Swieta Woda as it is known locally. The bike ride was approximately a 25 km round trip between Bialystok and Wasilkow and… Continue reading The Holy Water of Wasilkow