Tips for Preparing Your Travel Adventures for 2017

I have always found, going (a long way) back to the time when I was a child, that the week between Christmas and 1 January had something magical about it: the old year is clearly over – newspapers and TV schedules are full with reviews and “this was the year that was” analyses – while the new year still lies in hiding somewhere, slouching towards Bethlehem to be born.

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Tips for Preparing Your Travel Adventures for 2017

A Nazi Monument in the Centre of the World

Day Hikes in Germany Hiking Past a Nazi Monument Considering the big shadow the Third Reich was once (and, up to a point, still is) casting over Germany, there are relatively few places in the country that can still give you a whiff of that old Nazi sulphur.

There are, specifically, only a few examples left of what you could call “Nazi architecture”. While most towns and cities still have buildings from the

A Nazi Monument in the Centre of the World

Hiking in Romania

"Bran Castle,Romania - Photo by Horia Varlan"

Guest Post: Hiking in Romania by David Elliott

Romania is the ideal country for great hiking trips, with a range of different landscapes from the soaring horseshoe of the Carpathian Mountains to vast plains and river valleys, not to mention some of the most stunning medieval castles on the planet.

Like the other countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Romania was for centuries a bulwark of Christendom against the Turks

Hiking in Romania

Easy Hiking and Riesling in the Palatinate

"A glass of riesling from the Palatinate Germany"

Hiking in Germany Hiking and Riesling in the Palatinate

Courtesy of Wikipedia

There are certainly regions in Germany with a higher profile than the Palatinate – even the natives of this part of southwestern Germany would probably accept that without objections. The Palatinate’s problem is that it is a little “stashed away” at some distance from the busy transport routes that link Germany’s main economic regions.

Opportunities of first

Easy Hiking and Riesling in the Palatinate

Blood, Meat and Beer in a German Culinary Institution

"Koelsch from Paeffgen Brauerei"

Where to Eat in Germany German Culinary Institutions part II, and today, we’ll take you one notch up to a proper restaurant. (No offence, Profi-Grill, I still love you.) This one is a few kilometres down south from Wattenscheid to Cologne, hub for many a trip to hiking trails in Western Germany. German Culinary Institution of Päffgen

is a brewery, and, as every visitor to Germany knows (or should know), brewery-restaurants are as

Blood, Meat and Beer in a German Culinary Institution

Fields of Dreams

Hiking trails do not go through forests all the time. As a visual respite, we welcome scenic fields from time to time, too. And during all our hikes, we have certainly seen quite a few dramatic field landscapes.

Our Hiking Fields of Dreams

This is the field in Auvers sur Oise that has inspired van Gogh’s painting Champ de Blé aux Corbeaux. Well, the wheat evidently went

Fields of Dreams

Montserrat Rocks

"Montserrat rocks near Barcelona"

Easy hiking trails in Barcelona: I have found my perfect easy hike on the Montserrat Rocks!

Now, if I were on a spiritual, Leonardo-di-Caprio-inspired quest to find “The Hike”, I could happily retire and lay down my quill (and my computer, too), leaving you in peace to find your own way around the best hiking trails in Europe. But I am not, so I guess I will be pestering you

Montserrat Rocks

Beaches in the South of France

"beach in Toulon France"

The South of France

I have a vivid recollection of our last beach holiday, not least because on the first day, I shaved off the full beard that I had sported for more than a decade.

Memories are made of this!

And then there was the “family tragedy”: our son (then barely two years old) lost his beloved, if unimaginatively named, “Unicorn”, a helium-filled balloon to which he

Beaches in the South of France

Spectacular Views on the Franconia Ridge Loop Hike

Guest Post: Easy Hiking Trails Most hikers would put scenic hiking trails high up in their list of favourites, no matter how difficult they may be to trek. Let’s face it, who would want to mount a seemingly endless trail of gray landscape without the promise of a picturesque vista at the end or at the top? Ray Anderson is no exception and here with his guest post, he tells us why this is his

Spectacular Views on the Franconia Ridge Loop Hike