Nic Freeman

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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 · 18 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 · 9 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

Walking the end of my Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The white concrete walls and lichen-covered facades of Santiago de Compostela are a heady contrast to my view of days past. As I sit here, looking across the window-framed historical … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · 28 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Spain. (Pt.1)

In April, the fresh flavours of Istanbul, Turkey inspired me to photograph and share my culinary adventures in the first instalment of Travel. Food. Photo. It seems that you liked … Continue reading

June 3, 2012 · 14 Comments

Four days of solo Camino: walking through the Spanish Meseta

There are some things that are best experienced within the solitude of your mind, like meditating or soul searching… and perhaps, walking through the Spanish Meseta on the Camino de … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 24 Comments

Reflections: A 2012 Travel Photo Essay

I’ve always found that travelling offers so many opportunities to reflect, to re-evaluate the direction of my life. Unlike the routine churn of home life, travelling allows time and space, … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 8 Comments

Barcelona express: food, sights and culture in two days

Here is a little post written during my visit to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago… now that I’m walking el Camino across Spain, Barcelona streets seem so far away. … Continue reading

May 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

7 Days walking el Camino de Santiago, Spain

After seven days of walking el Camino, my perspective has changed a lot. I have admired picturesque views more majestic than my imagination could conjure.  I’ve met people from many … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · 13 Comments

Following flowers and shells: a photo walk along el Camino de Santiago, Spain

One of the daily delights in my new life walking el Camino de Santiago is following trails of wildflowers, proud village blooms and the shell symbol of Saint James. Every … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · 10 Comments

For the love of Turkish coffee

Thick, sweet, caffeinated goodness, oh how I love you… especially when served in tiny colourful cups amidst the whir of Turkish culture. For the love of you, I have been … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · 9 Comments

Two days on Camino de Santiago: impressions

Day 1 From the moment we left our room in Pamplona, we were winging it. Dave and I both had light packs with minimum supplies for a month of walking, … Continue reading

May 15, 2012 · 14 Comments

Starting el Camino de Santiago: confessions from an almost-pilgrim

I am shaking in my figurative boots right now as I prepare for bed in Pamplona, Spain. Tomorrow when I wake, I’ll be eating a boiled egg and fruit, drinking … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · 20 Comments

Must-have Istanbul meals for 10 Turkish Lira or less

The glory of Istanbul’s Ottoman architecture and colourful carpets is arguably matched by its exotic, flavoursome foods.  After three months of travelling around Northern Europe on budget-conscious cold sandwiches and … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · 16 Comments

From Istanbul to Barcelona, from there to here

A rising murmur in the afternoon street rouses me from siesta. Eyes open to a sun-streaked balcony of daisies and thyme. Ears focus on the plucking of strings and the … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 9 Comments

Travel. Food. Photo. Istanbul.

I’ve become that strange girl who photographs her food. I’m not sure if it’s a natural urge that I’ve previously suppressed through social awareness, or a new habit that’s sprung … Continue reading

May 6, 2012 · 12 Comments

A day trip to the Princes’ Islands, Turkey

Rocking gently on the wake of the busy Bosphorus with the sun on my neck and salt air in my lungs, I was sure our adventure to the Princes’ Islands … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · 7 Comments

The magical world of Topkapi Palace – Istanbul, Turkey

One of my favourite Istanbul experiences is visiting Topkapi Palace in Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city. As you walk through the impressive white Gate of Salutation, you are transported to a … Continue reading

April 26, 2012 · 15 Comments

Wide angle: a photo walk through Istanbul, Turkey

I am feeling inspired by the rich cityscape of Istanbul: the kaleidoscope of colours, the exotic scents that hang on humid air, the lovely clash and clamour on the streets. … Continue reading

April 24, 2012 · 20 Comments

Impressions of Istanbul, Turkey

The thing about Istanbul is, it’s not an easy place to sum up. I’ve sat here scribbling impressions for a hour and my list is long and varied. From the … Continue reading

April 21, 2012 · 16 Comments

How to travel the UK & Ireland in a campervan: lessons from 1 month on the road

Driving through the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland in a campervan is one of those classic adventures that offers more delights than you bargained for. You expect the charming thatched-roof … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 26 Comments

Walking Wales: the Pembrokeshire Coast & Brecon Beacons national parks

From the late night ferry between Ireland and Wales, to the deep-fried bread served at breakfast, and the hour spent patiently enduring a theological rant by a crazy woman in … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · 16 Comments

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