Category: Europe

Wales – ‘Wales’ Best Destination’

The Corn Du ridge is unusually straight and directly cuts the Beacons skyline; from a distance looking up it’s a very unique landscape with Pen y Fan peering from above.  At dusk the mountain is black and its detailed shape exaggerated against the lighter sky, at winter the white snow reveals the mountain’s bones and…



Wales – ‘This is Wales’

Walking along the Cefn Cyff mountain ridge, it’s difficult to not become totally engulfed by the vastness.  As the ridge heightens, there in the near distance I can see the peak of Fan Y Big and to its right Cribyn; the Beacons.  The carved valley between the two peaks provides a vacuum for the winter…



General Election – ‘Vote For The Future, Vote Labour’

I once worked in the Economic Development section for a local authority in South Wales.  There was a project run by our department that focused on young people, an officer would visit Comprehensive Schools and run a competition that aimed to develop the youngsters business and entrepreneurial skills. As a marketing professional, I would sometimes…



Wales – ‘Happy New Year 2016’

As 2016 starts to draw to a close we see the emergence of reviews; political, social and economical. On the political front, journalists (whatever they actually are these days) will focus on how the United Kingdom, a world leading nation opted to vote out from the European Union (still amazing what a false propaganda campaign…



Wales – ‘Born In The USA’

Once again, ‘politics’ is the main show of the day.  Brexit is no longer the headliner; it has been demoted to the supporting act (whilst the UK in general has exceeded all expectations as the all out comedy show).  Obviously, wrapped in the colours of red, white, blue and covered in big white stars appears…



Spain – ‘Open Road’

There’s an historic Spanish town on the side of the Pyrenees, it resembles a cross roads and goes by the name of Ainsa.  You can pick up the A-138 and head south, the road is wide, surface good and with the window open, sun shining in and music on, you experience the true nature of…



France – ‘Piece of Paradise’

There’s a compass engraved somewhere inside my core that seems to steer me to the way of adventure.  Adventure can come in many forms, it’s a mindset, a perspective and an outlook that you can apply to life.  Helen Keller, the inspirational American author, lecturer and humanitarian, who was the first deaf-blind person to earn…



France – Spain – ‘Riding The Heavens’

Cragged, a dark grey in colour, the silhouette of the Pyrenees peaks can be seen in the distance.  They mystically appear as a dramatic border separating the skyline from the land and the further I travel towards them the more prominent they become. I’d been riding for nearly four hours heading south from the vineyards…



France – ‘Lost In France’

“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.  On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact…



France – ‘A Sad Bastille Day’

The fireworks lit up the summer night sky, their reflection on the Dordogne River added an extra dimension to the entertaining display.  Crowds of people, thousands, lined up along the river, the streets and across the bridges.  Young children look upwards, eager to be mesmerised by the colourful explosions. There’s a unique energy present when…