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 off my limbs and the splash underfoot. The approaching storm dampened the light, dampened my damp and weary will. And all I could hear wasContinue reading “Travel Moments: Walking the Camino de Santiago”

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 dark figures treading between the clouds, wicker baskets of produce strapped to their back on the way to market. I was enchanted by this northernContinue reading “Travel Moments: Walking the Hills of Sapa, Vietnam”

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 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”

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 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”

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 centre, listening to church bells call the city to mass, I am filled with a quiet sense of accomplishment. To get here, I walked forContinue reading “Walking the end of my Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain”

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 Santiago. The Meseta is the central Spanish tableland, which intersects the Camino Frances between Burgos and Astorga. It is a part of Spain known amongContinue reading “Four days of solo Camino: walking through the Spanish Meseta”

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 backgrounds, each with a compelling story and an offer of personal truth. I’ve learnt about the logistics of the Camino – how to find aContinue reading “7 Days walking el Camino de Santiago, Spain”

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 step of the way these have been in sight: fields of poppies and daisies, chamomile and dandelion along the path edge, a shell quietly waitingContinue reading “Following flowers and shells: a photo walk along el Camino de Santiago, Spain”

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, a vague map and very poor sense of direction. After two kilometres (kms) of wandering residential streets, we found our first shell – the symbolContinue reading “Two days on Camino de Santiago: impressions”

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 a coffee, pulling on my ‘day’ clothes and shaking in my literal walking shoes as I start the first day of my one month pilgrimageContinue reading “Starting el Camino de Santiago: confessions from an almost-pilgrim”

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 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”

A day along Hadrian’s Wall, England

Ever since Mr Jones, my ear-pierced, leather-jacketed Ancient History teacher, explained the marvel of Hadrian’s Wall, I have wanted to see it with my own eyes. So when we drove the length of it in our Wicked campervan the other day, I was quite an excited little traveller. Stretching 73 miles across the northern peninsulaContinue reading “A day along Hadrian’s Wall, England”

Wide angle: a photo walk through Stratford-Upon-Avon, England

Weaving under wise old trees and past mossy stones, the walk along the Avon in Stratford is one of the most peaceful I’ve done. The sun came out for us after a slow, foggy start to the morning, making our Stratford experience truly warming. I was a little snap-happy along the way and just hadContinue reading “Wide angle: a photo walk through Stratford-Upon-Avon, England”

A photo walk through Brisbane, Australia

I love that, even after three years of actively exploring this city, I am still finding delights during my daily wanderings. With only five weeks left before lift off for my big 2012 travel adventure, I have been taking extra care to look around as I walk through Brisbane. This week I’ve been taking photosContinue reading “A photo walk through Brisbane, Australia”