Europe

Up in the air, with Air Kapadokya: Cappadocia, Turkey

3.20am, and the Muslim call to prayer woke me, from my not so many hours of sleep in my Cave in Goreme. Though I was thankful for this, it was like my natural alarm clock. Early mornings have been somewhat of a theme during my trip to Turkey, but this early morning wasn’t in order to get to an airport, or on a day tour somewhere, but was to experience watching the...

Staying in a Cave in Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

When you travel, it is always good to mix things up a little; particularly with regard to accommodation options. Previously on my travels, I have stayed on a a backpacker boat in the middle of Abel Tasman, New Zealand. I’ve slept on sleeper trains, buses, and in cars. (I can pretty much sleep anywhere, apart from on planes oddly enough). I have camped, stayed in...

Pamukkale – a wander in a thermal wonderland

Chasms filled with sparkling blue water, reflected in the sun. I felt like I had just stepped onto a mountain of snow or ice, except it was warm, and what I was walking on, was not snow or ice; it was calcified rock, with travetines of thermal pools, that had formed over hundreds of years.   Pamukkale in the Denizli provence of Turkey, is classed as a UNESCO...

Flying high: Paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey

  “Just keep running, towards the edge, and we will fly.” Those were the words my pilot said, before we leapt off a 2000 metre high Mountain ledge, into the sky. Most people I know, would think that I would have accomplished every adventurous activity possible, after living in New Zealand, were I bungy jumped, went skydiving, went zorbing, got pushed off a cliff...

Dalaman Airport to Fethiye on the cheap

A lot of people would think that flying to Dalaman, as a solo traveller was an odd choice; as it is is often the choice for couples or families for a holiday in the sun. However, when I travel, I tend to like a good mix in a country, so decided to spend some time by the beach and pool (Fethiye), some days in a city (Istanbul), and then the middle of the country for...

Visiting Venice, Italy

When I was younger, we would all have a family holiday together. Normally, being a family of 7, we’d go to England, Scotland or Wales and camp or hire a caravan. Many people wouldn’t think much to these holidays, but I hold so many great memories from this time in my life. I haven’t been on a holiday per se with my whole family in quite some time...

Saturday Snapshots from Rhodes, Greece

I am not a huge fan of package holidays; in fact, I have only been on two in my lifetime, but both times I did go, I enjoyed myself more than I thought. It was approaching the end of my exam period, during my final year at university. It has been a stressful time, and I felt I needed to have a break, a nice break, in the sun (I love the sun!), to unwind before...

A Weekend Wander to Haddon Hall, Derbyshire

I previously have written about the time I spent in Bakewell, in Derbyshire, when I returned home for a short visit. It is such a quaint wee village town, where the famous Bakewell tart was born. Set amongst the Derbyshire hills, it is easily accessible from larger towns and cities such as Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield. Recently, I went to catch up with a friend...

A Weekend Wander to Shakespeare Country, England

William Shakespeare, is probably the World’s most famous Poet and Play writer, so famous in fact, he has a country named after him. Well – sort of!  This past weekend, I got to visit it. Where is Shakespeare Country? South of Birmingham, North of Oxford, and nestled beside the Cotswolds is an area colloquially known as Shakespeare Country. It is not a...

English at a German Wedding

Weddings can be strange affairs, when you are single. There can be periods of awkward conversation with people, and whilst surrounded by couples, and those already married, or about to be married, you attempt to express how much more amazing your life is, as a singleton – well that’s what I have tended to do in recent weddings, mostly this consists of me...

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