Xin Chao Vietnam!

“When I say I want to travel, I don’t mean I want to stay at fancy resorts or buy keychains from souvenir shops. When I say I want to travel, I mean I want to explore another place and become part of it. I want to discover hidden streets and experience new things. I want…

Horizons…

Christina and I are currently down in North Devon which is where she is originally from. With me being from Cornwall originally as well, the ocean has always held a magnetic draw for both of us and it’s here now looking out over the North Atlantic Ocean where I find myself reflecting on horizons. Everyone…

Berlin… A Wall Ran Through It…

“Here the past was everywhere… A whole continent covered in memories…” The former glorious capital of Germany lay in ruins… A bombed out shell forming an ugly scar against the bleak grey sky of post war Berlin. A city where mad men once dreamt of conquering the world and a city that had been promised…

We Dream of the World…

We dream to see the whole world… We dream to stand the edge of every continent and then to turn and walk across it… We dream to see the sun rise out of the Pacific Ocean and then watch it set across the same sea, but from a different continent… We dream to see the…

7 Reasons Why You Should Book Flights to Sri Lanka…

“When I go from hence, let this be my parting word, that what I have seen is unsurpassable” In August 2016 we were fortunate enough to visit the most magical and beautiful location on the entire planet. An island of amazing warmth, friendliness, culture, beauty and teeming with wildlife… Sri Lanka. If you have visited this…

A Tale of Ice and Fire

“… From the frozen, icy, snow capped peaks the smoke billowed outwards towards the heavens… For centuries the battle has waged between ice and fire here with neither yet the victor…” When you think of Iceland, most people immediately think of snow and ice… It’s in the name, right? However, what makes Iceland so unique…

The Glacier at the End of the World…

“I dream with my eyes open…” When Jules Verne sought inspiration for ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ he found it, like many others who have sought inspiration, among the twisted lava fields and hulking glaciers of Iceland. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula and in particular the Snaefesllsjokull Glacier were cast as the entry point deep […]

Arctic Sunset

“… Suddenly the clouds parted to reveal a gargantuan mass of ice towering impossibly high above us… Streaks of colour from purple to bright red exploded outwards from behind the mountain peak as the dull February Arctic light was replaced with one of the most dazzling sunsets we’ve ever witnessed…” We were driving up the…

Iceland…

Wow… Just Wow… Our Video of Iceland

Iceland Awaits…

Laying in bed late at night when I was younger I would find myself staring out beyond my curtains towards the bright northern star in the night sky. In my dreams I would be transported hundreds of miles north to the mystical frozen lands bordering the arctic. While I’ve always naturally preferred tropical places, there…

Essaouira – Impossible to Forget

“… A warm, strong breeze blew in from the Atlantic, blowing away the last vestiges of fog that clung to the fortified city walls… The call to prayer rang out across the harbour swallowing the cries of seabirds and shouts of fishermen as they unloaded the days catch. The breakwater was being pounded by heavy…

Memories of Krakow

“… Here the past lay everywhere… An entire continent sown with memories…” The above quote comes from a novel set in Europe and is used to describe the European continent as a whole, but nowhere is this more true than in Krakow… Situated deep within the heart of Europe, Krakow stands as a testament to…

Turtles!

“…. The moon’s light cast a silver rippling glow across the ocean as the stars of the Milky Way twinkled impossibly brightly above us. The palm trees swayed gently in the warm tropical wind, while on the horizon the distant lights of cargo ships passed the south coast of Sri Lanka… However our eyes were drawn…

The Forest of the Lion King

“… I propelled myself through the cool murky water before breaking the surface underneath the cascading waterfall… The powerful flow of water washed over me, crashing off my shoulders and head. I pushed the water away from my eyes and looked over the deep pool of water towards the rainforest… A thousand trees stretching towards…

Ella to Ohiya – The Hill Country

“… The fog began to lift and in its wake lay a landscape of pure wonder… The cliff dropped away suddenly exposing a lush valley of tea plantations, waterfalls and tropical vegetation. Beyond the mountain peaks that framed the valley, the hinterland spread out in a tapestry of lakes, jungle and plains until it met…

To the Ends of the World…

… A whole village stretched before us… Swallowed up by the encroaching sand and jungle, the village was completely deserted apart from a colony of monkeys . The air was thick and humid as we followed a path in the sand down to a hauntingly deserted beach with a perfect point break unloading 5 foot…

Pottuvil Lagoon – Magic of the Mangroves

… Gliding across the lagoon, the surface pristine, calm and flat… The sun directly overhead reflecting off the water… Slowly and carefully we worked our way across the lagoon passing tangled mangrove roots interlaced with thick jungle vegetation providing an impenetrable sanctuary for the water monitor lizards who watched us warily as we passed… Suddenly, barely 30m…

Be Careful Sir… This is Elephant Area

Driving down a rutted sandy track just before dawn, our Tuk Tuk driver turned round and whispered “be careful sir… this is Elephant area”…. In the darkness it was not difficult to imagine every rustle from the surrounding vegetation coming from one of the huge animals. After working our way south from Colombo and then…

Elephant Adventure

There was commotion coming from within the thorn scrub… A crunch of wood and the rustling of leaves broke the silence as we sat barely daring to breath… A bead of sweat rolled down my forehead as the punishing sun beat down from its impossibly overhead position… A small lizard ran across the track an…

An Ode to Sri Lanka…

A teardrop island at the foot of India, bathed on all sides by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, therein is a land of stark beauty and wonder the like of which can not be found anywhere else on Earth. For no other land has sand this soft, water this inviting, mountains this mystical,…

Paradise Beach Marakolliya

From Mirissa we continued east along the south coast, past Tangalle to Marakolliya Beach where paradise awaits… The road was stunning; following the coast and verged on either side by dense jungle, interrupted only occasionally for tantalising views of the sea or for the buzz of a roadside village. From Tangalle, we followed a dusty,…

Whale Song

As the train to Weligama left Galle Train Station, we found ourselves not in the second class carriage for which we had bought tickets, but with the train driver at the front of the train! By a stroke of luck we were invited to ‘ride up top’ and in doing so got to have a…

Majestic Galle

At the south western tip of Sri Lanka lies an historic paradise. The Dutch began its journey, the British added to the fortifications the Sri Lankans’ added the colour and culture and then the tropical air provided the vegetation, leaving a wondrous mix of crumbling walls, colonial architecture, tropical vegetation, sandy beaches, pounding surf and…

Reflections

The coming of a new year always brings a mixed array of emotions; the memories of the past year and the excitement for what is to come over the next year. It’s at this time of year that we like to look back on the highlights of what we have done and start planning new…

Lost In A Paradise..

Search long and hard and far and wide and paradise you shall find. As to what it is, or where you find it; that path is yours and yours alone to tread. But seek if you will and you will find a land to steal your heart. Over the summer we found a paradise. An…

Sorry…

Firstly, sorry for not posting on the blog for a while… Life has been hectic since the start of April. But most of all, sorry on behalf of the 48% of the UK population who voted to stay in the EU. Sorry for all the ludicrous headlines and lies the leave camp have put out…

Côte de Granit Rose

Rising from the sea, the gargantuan rose tinted granite boulders stand defiant against the fury of the elements. Shaped through the ages and formed deep within the Earth, the boulders dwarf the rest of the landscape. For millennia, the North Atlantic has battered the coast with everything it has, but the granite has not budged….

Île de Ré

Shimmering brilliantly in the sun, the rich turquoise Atlantic Ocean is lapping against a perfect white sand beach. High above the old lighthouse rises from the vineyards to an impossible height until it’s lost within the perfect azure sky. Further inland the blue and white hues of the coast are juxtaposed by the verdant greenery…

Magical Marrakech

The drums beat and trumpets bleat amid the smoke and hustle of the Djma El-Fna. Beneath the minarets and palms and myriad of mismatched flat roofs and satellite dishes, snake charmers, story tellers, fire breathers and medicine men are gathering crowds around them as they go through their routines. The smells of spices and meat…