Nic Freeman

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A Photo Walk in Melbourne, Australia

Crisp leaves scrape along the windy path. Coffee grind scents the morning air. A dog dressed in tartan trots next to a lady in black. I’m as comfortable here, walking … Continue reading

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Travel Reads: Top 10 posts on nicfreeman.com

Looking for some travel inspiration? Perhaps a little reading on a rainy day? As I sit indoors, confined by the wild rain beyond the window pane, I thought this would … Continue reading

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Happy 3rd birthday to nicfreeman.com

It’s been three happy years since nicfreeman.com was born! To celebrate, here are three of my favourite blogging moments. Naked In Turkey Colourful Streets of Lisbon: A Photo Walk 8 … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · 8 Comments

A Photo Drive Around Wanaka, New Zealand

The air is still like winter. Alpine blues soften ice-bitten brown and gravel-grey mountains. Long lakes like mirrors line the valleys. Woodfire smoke rises to meet low cloud. Sitting in … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 14 Comments

Arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand

Alpine air smacks my cheeks as I step onto the tarmac. A curtain of blue-grey mountains encircles the airport and I’m suddenly aware: this is a majestic land. It’s my … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

Travel Moments: Deep winter in Tromsø, Norway

The crush of snow underfoot echoes in the deep winter of Tromsø. All other sounds sleep under a white, white blanket, waiting for the sun to rise in six weeks … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 13 Comments

Melbourne Weekender: Foody Happiness in Australia’s Cultural Capital

The creative pulse of Melbourne stirs giddy dreams of urban adventures. With every visit, I find myself enchanted by vibrant street art and tipsy with the rush of cultural possibilities. … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 23 Comments

Travel Moments: Walking the Camino de Santiago

The path stretched over the hill to the horizon. There was nothing but a trail through patchwork green. Head down, I focused on the grit of the soil, the drips … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · 16 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. France.

Eating in France is a sensual, indulgent, near-sacred experience. Inspired by the French people, who seem to be captivated by their food, absorbing it rather than merely ingesting it, visitors … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 14 Comments

The Joys of French Champagne

Alighting to a crisp autumn vista of neat vineyards and floral tones was precisely what my wander-lusting heart had imagined for Champagne-Ardenne. On first impressions, the French province so well … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 5 Comments

Words About Home

There are times when this big, boisterous world is just too great to absorb. My mind can’t expand across the oceans and peaks, nor bridge gaps between cultures and hearts. … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · 22 Comments

Travel Moments: Walking the Hills of Sapa, Vietnam

Rice paddies glisten through the mountain mist as I weave into the valley below. Beyond the haze, I hear Hmong voices chattering as they trace a well-worn trail; I glimpse … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · 7 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Berlin.

Eclectic like its culture, full of flavour like its people, I found the food of Berlin bloomed from a welcomed suite of cuisines at joyfully affordable prices. As I mentioned … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 10 Comments

A Week In Berlin: Exploring Germany’s Creative Capital

The mere mention of Berlin is often enough to conjure thoughts of street art, underground music and offbeat urban adventures. Such associations fit quite nicely with my concept of the … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 21 Comments

Gratitude for a Wonderful Year of Travel Adventures – 2012

As we wander into another new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2012 adventures, and to thank you, my lovely readers, for sharing my journey. For … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · 29 Comments

A Photo Walk in Berlin

Gritty and colourful, sweet and rough, the streets of Berlin offer many curiosities for the aimless wanderer to consider. Whether it’s the street art that Germany’s creative capital is so … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 14 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Croatia.

Of all the places I travelled this year, Croatia was perhaps the most unexpected to enter my ‘amazing country for food’ list. From previous travels, I had known to expect … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 21 Comments

Travel Moments: Camping in Wadi Rum, Jordan

October 2010 This morning I woke to a pale blue sky, a cool desert breeze and red sand stretching as far as my little eyes could see. For a moment, … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · 8 Comments

Everything Homemade in Petrinja, Croatia

A soft thud from the front of the house signals the fall of another petite red apple on the driveway. Our gracious host, Senad, had apologised for the scattered obstacles … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · 14 Comments

A Photo Walk in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Aquamarine lakes are fringed with mossy veins and sunshine-dappled woodlands  in Croatia’s natural treasure, Plitvice  Lakes National Park. Covering almost 300 km2 , and comprising 16 lakes, Plitvice is  the … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 25 Comments

Sunny Adventures on the Island of Pag, Croatia

Beating down on the lunar landscape, shimmering across the Adriatic, the sunshine on Croatia’s island of Pag makes the world seem ever-bright. Time on the Pag syncs with the idyllic … Continue reading

November 6, 2012 · 10 Comments

Travel Moments: Bathing in the Nam Ou in Laos

Returning to Australia after nine months of travelling has been a bittersweet transition. The joys of reuniting with loved ones and the comforts of a reliably clean bed and shower have … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 9 Comments

Surprises on Losinj, Croatia’s Island of Vitality

Finding myself floating in tepid jade sea off Lošinj, Croatia’s self-dubbed “island of vitality”, was a bit of a surprise. We had always planned to spend time relaxing in the … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 15 Comments

4 Quiet Delights in Istria, Croatia

Happily nestled between Italy and Slovenia, jutting into the the Adriatic Sea, Croatia’s peninsula of Istria has some impressive neighbours to compete with in the tourism stakes. But with the … Continue reading

October 17, 2012 · 15 Comments

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part Two – Canyoning

Of all the outdoor adventures I imagined myself having in the alpine wilderness of Slovenia, flinging myself down a rock cliff into icy water was not one of them. But, … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 7 Comments

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part One – Emerald River Adventure

From the highest mountain pass in Slovenia, the world is a soothing spectrum of hinterland greens, precipice blues and alpine whites. Here, in the northern corner of Slovenia, beside the … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 18 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Slovenia.

The food of Slovenia is bold and wholesome, like its people, like its land. It is made with heart and designed to banish the alpine chill. It promotes meat and … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Photo Walk in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Walking the calm streets of Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, is a bit like taking a stroll through a modern-day fairytale. The stoic stone castle perched above the river-laced city sets … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · 8 Comments

8 Tips for Enjoying the Loveliness of Venice, Italy

The hypnotic dance of pale sunlight on the smooth columns of Ca D’Oro was enough to convince me that visiting Venice would be a lovely experience. I had questioned our … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · 19 Comments

Delightful Dining in Bologna & Parma, Italy

If there is one thing you must do when in Italy, it is eat…and oh, what a chore it is! The Italians are experts at offering regional specialties, quality ingredients … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 11 Comments

A Week in Florence: The Pleasures of Italy’s Renaissance City

A week in Florence is a fabulous way to test your dedication to your travel budget. Although hosting its share of tourist traps, overpriced dining and luxury shopping, the real … Continue reading

September 19, 2012 · 17 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Italy.

My month in Italy was an adventure centred around eating – regularly, indulgently, eating. As a result, this edition of Travel. Food. Photo. is kinda epic. I just had to … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · 12 Comments

Blogging My Way to Japan?

To celebrate their 12th birthday, the award-winning, Bristol-based travel specialists, InsideJapan Tours, are offering bloggers a chance to enjoy two and a half weeks of travel and cultural experiences in … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · 6 Comments

Bells, Doors and Bicycles: A Photo Walk in the Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy

Every town and city has its own delightful character, something that makes it particular, charming, unlike other cities. The provincial centre of Lucca in Tuscany could be described as quaint, … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 14 Comments

Happy Wanderings in Perugia: A Photo Walk in Umbria, Italy

A quiet kind of romance lingers in the medieval streets of Perugia. Vineyards, sunflowers and picturesque peaks abound the small city, leading newcomers on a happy journey into the capital … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 13 Comments

Falling in Love with Lisbon, Portugal

Pink dawn lingers on olive groves as I wake on the train to Lisbon. A hazy blue hangs above the distant horizon, hinting at the salty river beyond. I am … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 17 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Lisbon.

Usually the posts in this ‘Travel.Food.Photo’ series share the foods themed by country, but as my Portuguese travels (so far) have been limited to the capital city, Lisbon, this post … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 13 Comments

Colourful Streets of Lisbon: A Photo Walk

Sweet pastels and brightly patterned tiles line the vertical surfaces of Lisbon’s streets. Like clothing, the colours are worn to communicate personality, enliven the streets, tell a story about culture. … Continue reading

August 11, 2012 · 17 Comments

Escaping into the Sahara Desert of Morocco

Leaving Marrakech is quick. As if the city were contained within an invisible wall, buildings suddenly give way to clay huts and large fanning palms. Mountains spring like over-sized ant … Continue reading

August 10, 2012 · 14 Comments

Redefining ‘Exotic’ in Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

In my wildest dreams and most intrepid travels I have never encountered such an intense, exotic scene as the nightly market of Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, Morocco. Commonly known as … Continue reading

August 6, 2012 · 12 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Morocco.

The food of Morocco epitomises the vibrant cultural flavour of the nation. Delightfully affordable, thoroughly spiced and served with enthusiasm, I must admit that Moroccan meals spurred a whole new … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · 11 Comments

Adventures in the Fez Medina, Morocco

Infused with generations of artisan skill, the Fez Medina is a pulsing labyrinth of colour and culture. With more than 9,500 narrow corridors curiously arranged into dedicated souqs, this UNESCO … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 13 Comments

Impressions of Tangier, Morocco

Walls and windows don’t come much more colourful than those surrounding me on this Mediterranean-view terrace in Tangier, Morocco. The vibrant pink paint reflects a juicy hue across the black … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · 11 Comments

Walking Ronda in Southern Spain

Set atop a cliff and surrounded by mountainous grey, the historical town of Ronda offers quite a view of southern Spain. As the pale morning sun breathes colour across the … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · 17 Comments

Art, Music & Culture in Granada, Spain

A few weeks ago I had the delight of visiting the Southern Spanish city of Granada. Known for its bohemian culture, impressive Muslim legacy and flamenco-gypsy arts, this dynamic city … Continue reading

July 15, 2012 · 8 Comments

188 Days of Travel

Looking out across the calm Lisbon shore, I am moved by the memories that brim to mind. It is mid-year already and time to reflect on all I have seen … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · 21 Comments

A photo walk in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Looking out across the manicured exotic gardens and regal stone archways of the Alhambra, it is easy to forget your time and place in the world. The vines are woven … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · 17 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.2)

Yesterday was the last day of my six week Spanish adventure, during which I saw a lot of the country, learnt a little of the language and ate lots of … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 10 Comments

Cycling in San Sebastian, Spain

There is something inherently serene about cycling by the sea. Perhaps its the feeling of salty air filling your lungs as your glide like a gull along the waters-edge. Perhaps … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 126 Comments

6 Wonderful ways to experience Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Traditional and contemporary delights contribute equal doses of charm in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Widely known as being a UNESCO World Heritage City, the home of … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · 7 Comments

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