A Holiday Reading List of Great Travel Writing

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Aristotle, Train Stations and the Romance of Travel Christmas may not be the best time of the year for hiking, but it is surely perfect for reading about it: so much time on your hands, so few incentives to step out your front door (with either the rain pouring down in buckets or the temperature below freezing) and nothing on TV but the usual repeats (“Ghosts of Christmases Past”). Here then is a small selection

A Holiday Reading List of Great Travel Writing

Christmas Presents for Hikers

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Better Late than Never: My Choice Christmas Presents for Hikers This Christmas may already have come and gone, but it is never too late to receive presents, is it? Which is why today’s post is filled with little gifts from the international travel press that may have been overlooked in the hustle-and-bustle of our busy everyday lives when they were first published, but are certainly worth a second look – particularly at this time of

Christmas Presents for Hikers

A Wally Christmas to All!

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Our Dulcet Christmas Wishes to You, Our Readers! Why do we all love the Internet so much? Because it allows us to answer back! “Two-way communication” is, I believe, the technical term for this. Writers no longer talk to but with their readers, leading to proper and real conversations all over cyberspace. Isn’t that wonderful?

Some of you, however, have sent me little messages in the form of comments on our posts over

A Wally Christmas to All!

Hiking Reads for Summer

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Hiking Reads Summer has – finally! – arrived in Europe, and not a moment too soon, just in time for the peak of the holiday season.

For hikers, however, temperatures above 30° centigrade (that’s the high 80s and 90s for you) are a mixed blessing. For some trails, perhaps even for all trails, this is just too hot! So, let’s be lazy for a few days – after all, everybody needs a break.

Hiking Reads for Summer

What’s New, Pussycat?

"one of the hiking kittens in Antibes"

Rebirth is in the air: early April* is the time of year when trees are blossoming, birds are looking for mates and bloggers are rethinking their blogging strategies.

This is what my own strategic rethinking process produced.

There are many ways in which blogs are unlike political parties, but there are also some points they have in common. Take the Republican party (or the British Tories), for example: they would no longer be

What’s New, Pussycat?

Promote Better Child Protection in Tourism

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Help Promote Better Child Protection Something about Third World Travel

The arguments for and against traveling to 3rd world countries are very similar to the ones for and against buying clothes from Bangla Desh. No, say some: to do so inevitably means supporting unsustainable and at times downright inhuman practices. But, say the others, if you stop giving your business to these people you take away one of the few opportunities they have

Promote Better Child Protection in Tourism

Crossing Borders

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Here is something for your bucket list: Crossing Borders on Foot

We are crossing borders all the time, more than any generation before us, but choose to do so in the most uncivilized way possible – most of the time above the clouds on our way from one identikit airport to the next.

Trains and cars are little better. Often, we only notice that we are in a different

Crossing Borders

I’ll Do My Walking in the Rain (Not)

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What is the worst enemy of a hiker?

Not the cold: you can quite easily defeat the cold by wearing an extra layer of clothing – and by pulling your thickest sweater on top. It’s not the heat, either – there is an old and trusted weapon against hot weather, called “taking it easy”. It’s not even short winter days: you can leave early. And neither is it the snow – I have

I’ll Do My Walking in the Rain (Not)

A Passion for All that is Wine

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Dirk has a Passion for All that is Wine

The German wine-growing season is slowly reaching its climax: Bad Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt, the world’s largest wine festival, has just broken a new attendance record (with nearly 700,000 visitors over two weekends), while many similar festivities still remain to look forward to. Today and for the rest of the week, we will return to one of Germany’s foremost wine-growing regions.

I firmly

A Passion for All that is Wine

Fancy Two Days in a Vineyard?

"Dirk Renzelmann of Gut ZumStein in the Palatinate"

The ZumStein vineyard in Bad Dürkheim is one of the oldest and one of the most modern in the Palatinate wine region. It has a long tradition of producing high-quality whites for clients in Germany and abroad (including some prestigious corporate ones), but owner Dirk Renzelmann makes it a point of offering more. A lot more.

Dirk Renzelmann – proprietor of ZumStein and wine grower in Bad Durkheim

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Fancy Two Days in a Vineyard?