With the passing of city-dwelling days, I ache for the steady stomp of the track, for the calming flutter of canopy leaves. Read about some of my favourite national parks for walking in the Brisbane surrounds.
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 largest of Croatia’s eight national parks and was the first established, back in 1949. As well as being just generally amazing, with its (hiding) brownContinue reading “A Photo Walk in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia”
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 Italian and Austrian borders, silence drifts between the rugged pine slopes of Triglav National Park and the glimmering limestone peaks of the Julian Alps. ItContinue reading “Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part One – Emerald River Adventure”
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 a carpark, it had been a rough start to the day. But by 4pm Dave and I were half way around the 6.8 mile StrumbleContinue reading “Walking Wales: the Pembrokeshire Coast & Brecon Beacons national parks”
When you look at the squiggly black line on a map, it’s hard to know what is in store for you on the road ahead. That 3cm patch of green ‘vegetation’ never quite translates to those tumbling fields of pastel green, the scraggly woodland thickets or proud lines of Scottish pines; that blob of blueContinue reading “The road to Glasgow, Scotland: the Highlands, Ben Nevis and Loch Lomond”
The wintery coast of Wales can have a very calming affect on the weary traveller. Wind-battered headlands, rocky cliffs, pebble-strewn beaches and soggy green fields along the Gower Peninsula are the stuff of paintings and poems; dramatically beautiful, mysterious and thought-provoking. Our recent four-day trip to Wales was exactly what Dave and I needed afterContinue reading “Glimpses of Wales: Cardiff, Swansea, Mumbles & Rhossili”