Review: Our New Hiking Boots

"Keen hiking boots from Nature Shop"

A few weeks ago, Nature Shop approached us kindly asking whether we were willing to review some – or indeed any – of their gear.

What Hiking Boots We Chose

After all, easy hikers, in general (and this easy hiker in particular), do not need much in terms of equipment. A $500 Arctic Explorer jacket, for example, are best worn in their natural habitat – in the local Waitrose on a

Review: Our New Hiking Boots

German Landscapes Seen Through A Train Window

German Landscapes Seen from a Train Window

Whenever practical, we choose to take the train to our holiday destinations. It’s the most relaxing way to travel and we get to sight-see the countryside of our destination.

In Germany, where train travel is reliable, you can be amazed at the changes in German landscapes from one German Land to another. Here are some examples of the German landscapes we’ve seen while speedily rolling by

German Landscapes Seen Through A Train Window

Easy Hiking as a Father and Son Thing

"Father and son playing games on a hiking pause"

Fathers, feel you lost contact with your teenage sons and you would like to reconnect – and show them that there is more to Dad than they think, seeing you crumpled up in front of the TV at the end of a long working day?

Ten Rules for a Father and Son Hiking Trip

Help is at hand! An easy hiking trip of several days can provide father and son the

Easy Hiking as a Father and Son Thing

How Are German Hiking Trails Graded?

"Adventure for beginners hiking trail in Saarland Germany"

In the 3rd and last of the series of tips for planning your hiking holiday in Germany, we are turning to the most difficult part of them all: how to decide which hike to pick and to determine on the basis of all the available information whether a certain trail is right for you or not.

You would perhaps be asking: How are German hiking trails graded? How are top

How Are German Hiking Trails Graded?

Accommodation Tips If Hiking In Germany

"Hostels in Germany"

Have you read our post on transport tips? Then, you will have safely arrived at your destination. Now you will need to look for a place to stay.

Accommodation Tips if Hiking in Germany

If you are following one of the major German hiking trails, this will generally not require too much of a logistical effort. These trails are, as a rule, organized in such a way that there is

Accommodation Tips If Hiking In Germany

Transport Tips if Hiking in Germany

"Train station of the town of Niederdolendorf in Germany"

Transport Tips in Germany Some Transport Tips if Hiking in Germany

With three posts, I will provide those of you who are planning to hike in Germany with some concrete practical advice, starting with a few transport tips if hiking in German using the public transport system.

Public transport in Germany is, on the whole, excellent.

Many, even fairly small towns, have a railway connection, and of those that

Transport Tips if Hiking in Germany

Erfurt: A Glimpse Of The Old In The New Germany

"Erfurt town centre"

Where to Go in Germany The Town Centre of Erfurt

The Thuringian state capital of Erfurt is not, strictly speaking, part of the Rennsteig, but you should make the detour – under an hour or so – when you are hiking in the area. Enjoy its old world cafes and shops.

The historical town centre has been meticulously restored, and since Erfurt was safely tucked away behind the Iron Curtain

Erfurt: A Glimpse Of The Old In The New Germany

Some of the Festivals In Germany

"Bierborse poster"

Some Festivals in Germany There’s more to German festivals than the Oktoberfest. Why not combine your hike with a trip to coincide with one of the festivals in Germany – or vice versa? Here are some suggestions. 1) Rhine in Flames – Nights of Bengal Fire

A night of fireworks on the Seven Mountains. Ideal if you are on a business trip in Cologne or hiking on the Rheinsteig.

2) Kulmbach Bierfest

Some of the Festivals In Germany

Paris Hiking Trail of Santeuil

"Village of Santeuil"

An Easy Paris Hiking Trail

Get a feel for France profonde an hour away from Paris in Santeuil (Val d’Oise). Take this Paris hiking trail in the Valley of the Viosne. Have a break from the shopping and sight seeing you’ve done in the City of Lights and breath the French countryside.

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Paris Hiking Trail of Santeuil

Why Do Holidays Matter?

"Sitting in an open air cafe in Montmartre"

Think about it: in a normal year – where you do not have to invest in a new car (because the old one has conked out) or a new home – the most expensive item you are likely to spend on is a family holiday.

Why do Holidays Matter to You?

We may not think of it that way, but the amount we spend for our holidays is roughly up there

Why Do Holidays Matter?