Lake Bled, Slovenia

For Nicola’s birthday, I thought it would be nice to take her to a beekeeping museum, as that’s she’s a keen apiarist. It turned out the nearest one to our home (other than Devon, and we’ve already been there) was in the Slovenian village of Radovljica, so that’s precisely where we headed. Continue reading Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

When you tell people you’re going on safari in the Kruger National Park, they have an unusual habit of explaining that it’s the same size as Wales. People don’t mention the incredible wild animals, the amazing birds or the beautiful landscapes. But that’s what we had set out to see. Nicola and I had booked three nights in the park, at three different rest camps. … Continue reading Kruger National Park, South Africa

Mpumalanga, South Africa

When people visit South Africa, it’s usually a major city, the Garden Route along the southern cape, or perhaps a game reserve. We had other ideas, and along with Nicola’s family, we set off to spend a week in Mpumalanga. It rhymes with a cockney saying ‘mango’. After a long flight from London to Johannesburg we picked up our hire cars and drove to Sabie, … Continue reading Mpumalanga, South Africa

Barcelona and Begur, Spain

April and Matt got married in Begur at the beginning of September, and invited Nicola and I to celebrate with them. Once we’d worked out where Begur was, we booked our flights and started planning a weekend away. Begur We arrived mid-afternoon in Begur, a small but pretty market town a couple of hours north of Barcelona. The first night of the wedding celebrations was … Continue reading Barcelona and Begur, Spain

Devon and Cornwall, England

A few months ago I bought a classic car. A 1974 MGB GT, to be exact. It’s blue, with chrome bumpers, wire wheels and a sunroof and I think it’s brilliant. The real question, however, is whether the MG would be brilliant enough to make it down to Cornwall on Friday, along steep coastal roads, and back to London in time for work on Monday morning. … Continue reading Devon and Cornwall, England

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Monteverde is home to one of the world’s few cloud forests. The clouds roll over the Central American mountain ranges from the Pacific Ocean, covering everything  in condensation as they go. The result? Verdant, lush forests in the mountains and valleys, home to over 4% of our planet’s biodiversity, in just 0.04% of the land. We stayed in the small village of Santa Elena, a … Continue reading Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica