Who agrees to trek for 35 days?! (Part 1 of 3)

For those who have ever considered lacing up their hiking boots to go trekking in Nepal, you may have heard of the Annapurna Circuit. It’s one of country’s most popular routes. It crosses a wide variety of terrain, it’s not too easy (nothing here is), it’s not too hard and it goes through a number of popular towns and villages where you could easily spend … Continue reading Who agrees to trek for 35 days?! (Part 1 of 3)

Walking through the clouds… to Everest

For many, Nepal is synonymous with trekking. Mt Everest in particular, as the world’s tallest peak, continues to mystify and entice generations since it was first conquered by the New Zealand / Nepal duo Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. It’s why Tim and I are starting our travels in Nepal. Tim is trekking the length of the Nepal Himalayas, completing the Great … Continue reading Walking through the clouds… to Everest

Visit to a special after school programme

My first impressions of Nepal and more specifically, Kathmandu have so far met expectations. The traffic is crazy, no traffic lights, narrow streets and multitudes of cars, vans, scooters and motorbikes. There are an inordinate number of low-hanging, sometimes broken electrical power lines everywhere. It’s dusty. Like, really dusty. Everyone wears face masks, bandanas or scarves to cover their mouths and noses from the earthquake and building works … Continue reading Visit to a special after school programme

And Finally to France…

Our first glimpse of France was as we drove through the Alps from Italy to Spain. The region was a riot of Autumn colours and was breathtakingly beautiful. Crisp mornings with lots of sunshine…. I didn’t want to leave. Aside from beautiful towns such as the fairytale Carcassone (below) we also got to see the Roman’s Pont du Gard which I remember learning about in … Continue reading And Finally to France…

Still Sunny Spain (Warning : Lots of Food Content)

It’s well and truly Autumn now but we managed to squeeze a few more sunshine hours into our trip thanks to Spain. In fact our first stop in Barcelona was properly hot and I wish I had packed my bathing suit to take advantage of the city beach they have. Lack of swimming aside, we packed in a bit of sightseeing. I was quite excited … Continue reading Still Sunny Spain (Warning : Lots of Food Content)