Music in the Mountains
Two weeks and two walking grades – just what I needed to try out this new holiday in the Julian Alps where the soaring peaks rise to Triglav at 2,864 m and are interspersed by deep valleys, rivers of crystal-clear water, blankets of thick forest and meadows filled with wild flowers.
Walking in Cappadocia
Cappadocia is a mix of Toyland and Bedrock City so we were never sure whether to expect Noddy or Fred Flintstone; though there was always something new around the next corner. The “fairy chimneys” were everywhere, assuming a host of different shapes such as seals and camels as well as more evocative ones in the aptly named Love Valley.
This holiday is definitely one for those who are passionate about art – it oozes wonderful paintings, frescos, sculptures and architecture. Montecatini is a busy but delightful town and the Hotel Arnolfo provided a friendly atmosphere – a family run concern, where all the staff worked unbelievably hard, attending to our every need, and always had time for a smile.
A Taste of Andalucia
Held in central London during another June downpour, attendees at our ‘Taste of Andalucía’ event last night were mentally whisked to the more pleasant temperatures and climate of southern Spain. With 10 different walking holidays to choose from in Andalucía, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays showcased a photo collection of the area, with lynxes, wolves and a medley of wild flowers taking centre stage.
In Search of Wild Orchids
The Gargano Peninsular has its own unique mix of plants and is especially famous for the possibility of seeing different wild orchids in April and May.This was a new tour for me so everything was going to be as exciting and interesting for me as I hoped it would be for the group.
The Beauty of the Baltic
So which city did we like best? Opinions in our group varied – some supporting beautiful Tallinn with its delightful atmosphere and medieval feel, some going for Vilnius with its wonderful churches and quirky humour (trees with knitted jackets!) and others, myself included, picking Riga as top scorer.