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Friday, August 30, 2013

Are you walking the Grand Randonnée 34 and you want to meet locals?

The wonderful Beach at Kerlouan, in Brittany, 40 Km North of Brest is one of the many wondeful places to explore in North of France, near Brest, where the Walk and Talk Brest group is based. (Photo by Cathy Dolou)

Walking is a great passion and a great enjoyment, but sometimes you don't want just to see great places and enjoy the walk.

If you are visiting a place you want to do more: you want to speak with locals, get info, get to know them, in one word: socialize!

And if you are living in a place where there are great trekking routes?

Exactly the same! You want to socialize, meet other locals or travellers, have some fun and maybe practice your English!

If it happens you are walking in France or you are living in France, along the long path Grande Randonnée 34 near Brest, all this it will be possible now!

How?

Cathy Dolou from Brest founded a new great Facebook group called Brest Walk and Talk !


We interviewed Cathy, the founder of the group, a great traveller, trekker and couchsurfer from Brest.

Brest is in Brittany, in the North West of France. A perfect base for great hiking the area.
Hello Cathy, how are you doing?

We heard about this new group and we want to know more about it.  

Tell us, what is this group about?

This group is about hiking and socializing with internationally oriented people who want  to open up to other cultures and  practise their English.  

Hikes and picnics will be organized in Spring and Summer and we'll have shorter walks in Autumn and Winter. 

How it comes the idea to create this group?

Even before moving back to Brest after many years in Paris, I had thought about creating a Let's Speak English Meet up Group. 

But I realised that such a group already existed here  (Brest International). 

Then,  when I came back from my Grand Canyon adventure this summer, it seemed obvious to create a Walk and Talk group as it combines things I really like doing: hiking, discovering places and chatting! 

That's a great idea!

It is this group open to people travelling in France and visiting the area about Brest?

This group is open to anyone interested in discovering places around Brest . 
Maybe in the future hikes in other places in Finistère will be planned too.

Can you tell me who are the other members?


This group is brandnew so I have invited friends who love hiking and who are also interested in brushing up their English.

That's great so anyone living around Brest or visiting there is welcomed to join in!

It is fantastic! Sometimes when you travel, you would like to share your walk with someone. 

Now we just have to post on your group Brest Walk and Talk !

And even if we live around Brest, we want to meet new people, have a walk, socialize... we can just join in!

One of the many wondeful beaches in Brittany, perfect for a Walk & Talk Day out  (Photo by Cathy Dolou).

Can you tell me some of the best walks you know around Brest?

The GR 34 is a fantastic path,in fact there are tonz of great walks to do here.One of my favourite is on the Tremazan 'route touristique' near Landunvez. I tend to have a preference for coastal hikes (Le Dellec, Le Minou near Brest), Ouessant,  Cléder, Logonna-Daoulas, Crozon....

Thanks a lot Cathy for sharing your idea! It sounds great!

The group has been founded only few days ago, but we will come back to you to know how it is going...

You can join the group clicking on this link here: Brest Walk and Talk 

Go back to Visit France for more info and posts for your travel in France.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Cotswold Way - Hiking from Cheltenham to Birdlip - #6 Post

The famous Devil's Chimney on the way to Birdlip... and the church below!
What is this post about?

This post is about a great walk in England, for lovers of trekking, walking or just the English countryside.

We divided the Cotswold Way, one of the most beautiful long walks in England and United Kingdom, in sections and for each section we offer you some useful info to plan your walk and a short video of the walk.

This is section number 6 - from Cheltenham to Birdlip



What is the Cotswold Way?

The Cotswold Way is a wonderful walk in the heart of England, in the beautiful area of the Cotswold Hills near Bath.

You can click here to read more about the Cotswold Way.



How is the walk from Cheltenham to Birdlip and what is to see along the walk?

From Cheltenham the Cotswold Way is not too far away and to rejoin.

You just have to walk South, towards Leckhampton, a quarter of Cheltenham with pretty red bricks houses and shady avenues.

At the end of the long avenue, Leckhampton Hill waits for the walker. 

A fierce scramble up to the steep hill leads to the top of it, where you can rejoin the Cotswold Way towards Birdlip.

                                   
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The walk offers great views over Cheltenham and passes next to the famous Cotswold's quarries where the limestone used to built the typical golden houses of this region is extracted.

Just after Leckhampton Hill it is possible to admire below, down the steep escarpment, the Devil's Chimney. 

The shape of the rock so called effectively resembles the one of a chimney. 

There is a church straight below the chimney, in the valley. 

So it is very likely that the Devil really used this chimney to throw stones to the people going to mass. 

At last a legend likely to be true! :-)

Passed the Devil's Chimney the path runs through fields and woods, offering great views towards Leckhampton Hill and the long path already walked. 

At the Air Balloon Pub starts a short, but extremely annoying, walk along a very busy section of the A417, busy with lots of traffic, till finally turning into the country towards Birdlip Hill and then Birdlip village. 

Birdlip village is nothing more than a pub and few nice houses, but at this point you will probably be tired after having walked little more than 6 miles and having endured the initial scramble up to Leckhampton Hill.

Also there are not other places reasonably near to stop in the area, as Painswick is certainly too further away and it make sense to rest one night in Birdlip before to attemp the next long stretch to the pretty village of Painswick.

The walk from Cheltenham to Birdlip along the Cotswold Way in England


What is the previous section of the Cotswold Way?

The previous section is Winchcombe to Cheltenham (9,5 miles) you can click here to go to the post read the Itinerary and watch the Video.

What is the following section of the Cotswold Way?

The following section is from Birdlip to Painswick and Edge - click here to read the post about this section.


What are the other sections of the Cotswold Way already published?






Where I can more find general info about 

the Cotswold Way?

or Our page about the Cotswold Way with the history of the walk, maps and useful info. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Looking for relaxing walks and great panoramas? The Isle of Bute. A romantic destination in Scotland two hours away from Glasgow

The first sight of the Island of Bute, in Scotland is the town of Ramsay where the ferry from Wemyss Bay, 2 hrs away from Glasgow,  arrives. Ramsay offers a very nice walk along the sea front and it is a great base to explore the island.

Why the Scottish Islands are so famous?

The Scottish Isles are one of the most famous and scenic areas of the world.

The wonderful landscapes and the beauty of the sea make the Scottish Isles are so special.

Beautiful bays, amazing castles and many distilleries make the islands so special.


After the Shetland Isles and Arran, we are again in Scotland visiting the Island of Bute today.

Near to Arran, the Isle of Bute is easily reached from Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and it is a perfect destination for a weekend if you like trekking, cycling and great panoramas.

You can visit the Isle of Bute on a day trip from Glasgow or you can plan to stay in Bute 3 or 4 days and, during the summer, even a week.


What can I see in Bute?

Visit Ramsay, the main and only town is very nice and picturesque.

Ramsay's cottages line along the harbour and offer a wonderful walk in the evening.

The Isle of Bute is also wonderful for trekking or cycling.

The roads are nearly empty in the island making cycling quite enjoyable. 

In a day you can easy cycle all around its perimeter, although I advise to take your time to take in wonderful panoramas and enjoy some of the beautiful beaches.

Even if you don't have a lot of time in the island, you should absolutely don't miss Scalpsie Bay, where in summer you can easily spot seals busking in the sun.

The beautiful panorama you can enjoy from Bute towards the neighbour Island of Arran

What can I do in a rainy day in Bute?

This is a possibility that you should certainly consider when you are visiting Scotland.

Bute has a great alternative to offer you for a rainy day.

Visit the amazing Mount Stuart House.

It is one of the world's most impressive neo-Gothic mansions I have ever seen in my life.

Mount Stuart House is the amazing and maybe a little bit eccentric opera of the Third Marquess of Bute.

The Marquess  had a passion for art, astrology, mysticism and religion and the house reflects this in the architecture, furnishings and art collection. 

The big hall at the entrance is the most amazing room with the ceiling painted to represent the astrologic calendar. 

The House became famous when the daughter of The Beatles singer Paul McCartney married in the chapel of the palace, but it certainly deserves a visit for its own beauty and uniqueness.

If the weather is good, the park around the House offers beautiful walks through the wood and along the shores.

Certainly the most amazing mansion in Scotland: Mount Stuart


Where is a special place particularly inspiring in the Island of Bute?

Bute is a very inspiring island in itself, but if you are looking for something special, we suggest you to visit the ruins of St Blane's Chapel.

The ruins of this beautiful twelfth Century Chapel are scattered along the coast in an isolated and extremely panoramic area. 

Walk your way through the path, discover the Chapel and spend some time around, enjoying the quiet, the panorama and imagining how should have been to live here nearly a thousand year ago, when the chapel was active.

The ruins of St blane's Chapel

Where I can get more info about how to get to Bute?



Read our dedicated page
How to get to Bute


Where I can get more info about visiting Scotland? 

Read our dedicated page
How to get to Scotland and "Visit Scotland".



Do you want to visit more Scottish Isles?
We absolutely recommend the Island of Arran and the Shetland Isles.

Visit Our page "Visit Scotland" for more posts, info and recommended itineraries for your travel in Scotland.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Osaka - The videogames city in Japan - With BZH World Tours and globe trotter David Picard

Panorama of the modern city of Osaka
Back in Japan with David Picard. 

After visiting Tokyo, this time we are going to explore Osaka with David and he will tell us how are going his preparations for his world tour by bike he is going to start next year.

Located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is Japan's third largest city by population after Tokyo and Yokohama.

Historically the commercial center of Japan, Osaka is one of the command centers for the Japanese economy and used to be referred to as the "nation's kitchen" because it was the centre of trading for rice, creating the first modern futures exchange market in the world. 

Let's meet David and ask him to show us around!


Hi David! Thanks to be back with us! 

So last month you told us about Tokyo and  your eight months travel in Japan and you told us also about your project to travel around the world in 2014 with your bike only for 67760 Km! What an amazing challenge! (click here to read our July interview)

Today I am going to make you one question about your World Tour and one question about Osaka. OK?

So, last month you told us about your amazing itinerary around the world, your equipment and many other interesting things. We explored your website, it is very interesting! Can you tell us more about www.bzhworldstours.com?

BZH are the initials of the region of France where I live: Brittany (editor's note: The local word for the Brittany is "breizh" (pronounced "bray-tze"), often shortened to "bzh"). 

It is a very beautiful region of France, with many festivals where you are never bored living in.


And now let's speak about Osaka. What impressed you more of Osaka?


Osaka is a city not too different from Tokyo, although it is a bit smaller. 


I really like to explore the narrow streets where, behind little doors, are disguised great video games shops with a huge selections of game. For me that I like video games that was heaven!

Do you have sponsors for your world tour travel? Are you still looking for sponsorships?

Unfortunately I haven't yet enough sponsors. 

Many shops offered me a discount of the 10% of their prices to buy my equipment, which was good of them. I calculated a budget of around 15.000 Euros for my adventure, so I count a lot on donors and to the people who will be able to help me on  my way. 

Maybe the city of Vannes will give me some help, but I still looking for sponsorships at the moment...

One of the beautiful gardens where to rest and enjoy some quiet

There is something in particular you will advise to do / see in Osaka?

Osaka has great restaurants and wonderful video games shops.

If you love videogames Osaka is your place! You can find all the videogames you like there, known and unknown, it is great!

But you should also take some time to explore the mountains around and enjoy the nature and what the nature has to tell you, even just seating on a bench and admiring the panorama.

Which languages do you speak David? How you are planning to communicate with people of so many different countries and languages during your world tour?

I know it is funny and you may think I am mad but I only speak French and few words in English! 

I just use the language of all the languages: body signs! ...and it is a funny way to communicate! But I may take some English lessons too...

Aerial view of the city 

Japan is notoriously quite an expensive country to travel to. Where you stayed in Osaka? How is accommodation there?

Well, I didn't find Japan too expensive. I slept on a tent and sometimes I even got a quite comfortable room, this way I had enough money to buy food and other things I needed.

And finally, how you are managing accommodation during your 2014 world tour? Where you planned to sleep during your travel around the world ?

I will sleep in a tent again, some people will also give me hospitality in their houses along my way. 
I will avoid comfortable hotels and sometimes sleep in hostels too...


Thanks again David, good luck for your preparations and we look forward to see you again next month!
(This interview was made by email the 22nd July 2013)

Want to read more about Japan and David Picard's WT? Read our post about Tokio

Visit another wonderful country in Asia: go to our page Visit Thailand

Friday, August 23, 2013

Where the movie "The Mission" with R. De Niro and Jeremy Irons was filmed


Our journey in Argentina continues.

After having visited Buenos Aires, the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Iguazu Falls we are now heading to another great destination in Argentina.

Do you remember the movie "The Mission" with Ennio Morricone's wonderful soundtrack, starring R. De Niro and Jeremy Irons? 

It was set at the Iguazu Falls and at the Jesuit Mission of San Ignacio de Mini in the province of Missiones.

San Ignacio de Mini is a Unesco site and it is a wonderful destination we exploring in this post. 



Walking through the ruins of the Jesuit mission of San Ignacio de Mini you easily feel you are back at the time of the movie "The Mission" when the Jesuit community was isolated, surrounded by the jungle and exposed to daily danger.

San Ignacio de Mini represents in a way even the ruins of a new way of life in the Americas, that although with many limits and downsides has to be seen as modern and certainly fascinating for its times.

The Catholic order of the Jesuits founded in San Ignacio one of the most important settlements for indigenous people in South America.

The mission had a population of around 3000 people.

The Spanish Empire gathered native populations into centers called Indian Reductions ("Reducciones de Indios"), to Christianize and govern efficiently.

The reductions enjoyed a high level of autonomy within motherland Spain.

The reductions used the Indian labour and became economically successful.

When attacked, the reductions created their own army and became stronger and indipendent.

Eventually the high degree of indipendence achieved both from the Church and from the European Powers lead to the expulsion of the Jesuits from the Americas.

The Jesuit reductions present today a controversial issue in the evangelisational history of South America.

For many the destruction of the Jesuit reductions represent the sad end of an attempt of integration between the Jesuits and the local Guarinis.

For many others the experience of the reductions represent little more than another face of the Church's theocratic regime of terror in the new discovered South America.




We hope you enjoyed our photos.




Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Are you looking for the moon? Go to Teide National Park!

Roque Cinchado - It is emblematic of the island of Tenerife

We continue our travel in Spain, after having published about the Alhambra in Granada, we move to Tenerife for a completely different experience.

Although Tenerife is famous as a holidays destination for its beaches, the beautiful sea and the nightlife, we want you to discover a completely different side of the island.

The Teide National Park in Tenerife offers great trekking and wonderful panoramas on Tenerife and on the nearby Canary Islands of El Hierro and La Gomera and it is an unmissable daytrip if you are going to visit Tenerife.

The Teide National Park is famous for its unique and wonderful lunar landscape. 

The now inactive Teide Volcano, the highest mountain of Spain, at the center of the park, modelled the island. 

The bare land all around the volcano and the huge volcanic boulders make walking in the Teide National Park a wonderful experience.

Such a dramatic scenery has been featured in many films and recently in Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington.

Below some practical info and tips for visiting the park.

The lunar landscape of the park

The Volcano Teide and the bare valley below

Here some practical info you may find useful if you are planning to visit the Teide National Park.

I. You can easily visit the park all year but bear in mind that temperatures differ sensibly from the one you can experience at the beach. Bring clothes for cold weather and strong wind, water and sun cream.

II. you can easily find enough to walk and discover for at least two days in the park but one day can be enough to see the most.

III. There are public buses that connect the park with the coast, but we absolutely advise to rent a car or a motorbike for the day. Without your own transport you may be able to arrive near the top of Teide Volcano, but it will be difficult to enjoy most of the wonderful lunar scenery of the park.

IV. Anyway if you want to visit by bus you should know that bus number 348 goes to the park from Puerto de la Cruz, and bus number 342 from Playa de las Américas. 

The colours are amazing at Teide National Park

Amazing suset!

V. There is a cable car that affords spectacular views, although it does not take you right to the top, but you can walk the last stretch

VI. To get to the really top of the Teide you need a special permission, although you can see the most just walking along the Teide or taking the cable car

VII. Enjoy the sunset or the sunrise at the park is spectacular beyond words!

VIII. Read more practical info about visiting Spain on our site.

We hope you enjoy our photos!

If you want to read more posts and recommended itineraries in Spain visit  our page Visit Spain.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Do you want an idea for a romantic destination? Ludwig Castles - The fairy castles of King Ludwig II in the heart of Germany


Linderhof Castle - Ludwig's Palace is maybe less famous than Neuschwanstein Castle,
but certainly extremely impressing with its wonderful park decorated with many beautiful statues.

Who was King Ludwig II?

King Ludwig II was a dreamer. 

He loved the mountains of Bavaria, he loved the Romantic literature and the Romantic music and having both power, being a king, and fantasy, being a dreamer, he made his dreams true.

He built wonderful castles in his own kingdom, in Bavaria. 

He built the Wonderful Neuschwanstein castle. It is so impressive to inspire Richard Wagner, and later Walt Disney, two dreamers of their own times, if you like to see at them in this way.

Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, lived his childhood in the castle of Hohenschwangau, the beautiful yellow painted castle that stands now in front of the Neuschwanstein Castle. 

During all his childhood he saw from the window of his room a bare peak in front of him and he dreamed that one day there he would have built there his romantic castle. 

Later, when he became King, Ludwig II did built there his castle, Neuschwanstein Castle.


Watch the Video of Fussen and Ludwig Castles
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Why Ludwig Castles are dreams on earth?

Is it not a wonderful thing to be able to make your own dreams come true?

I think it is! It is wonderful to think that some one, even if a king, I know it is a little bit for a king, was able to make his more incredible dreams become true.   

He didn't stop to build his dreams after having built Neuschwanstein castle. 

He loved Versailles and he built his own Versailles in Bavaria. 

On a beautiful, unspoiled island, in the middle of the lake Chiemsee, he built Herrenchiemsee palace. 

If you visit it today it will look more scenic than Versailles, because of its wonderful setting, surrounded by the Bavarian Alps and the beautiful lake.

Maybe the most famous castle in Germany - Neuschwanstein near Fussen
Herrenchiemsee palace, in the middle of the lake Chiemsee - A fantastic destination for your day trip 


What's Ludwig's Jewel?

And, yes, Ludwig didn't stop yet! 

Ludwig decided two castles weren't enough for him! 

So he built a wonderful example of Rococo Park and Villa, on a wide scenic valley near Ettal: Linderhof Castle. 

So Ettal possesses now two incredible jewels: Ludwig's Linderhof Palace and Ettal inspiring Benedictine monastery.

And if you have time, read about the romantic life of King Ludwig II and its sad end. Forced to commit suicide by the Bavarian nobility, who distrusted and disliked his genius!

People of his time thought he was crazy. History affirmed he was a genius! His story is an example of a life spent in the constant research and admiration of the artistic and natural beauty.

Personally I believe Ludwig Castles are not just impressive, they are genial!



What I need to know to visit Ludwig castles?

Read  How to visit Ludwig Castels post



Where I can know about the famous Benedictine monastery in Ettal?

 Read our dedicated post about the wonderful Ettal Abbey - CLICK HERE


What else I should visit in Germany?

Visit our page Visit Germany for more info and itineraries in Germany.





Friday, August 16, 2013

Why not visit Cheltenham for a weekend? - The Cotswold Way Project #5

 The Caryatides are the most famous postcard of the beautiful town of Cheltenham.

Finally we are in Cheltenham and we can have some time to relax and enjoy ourselves!

Cheltenham is a very elegant and relaxed town, with beautiful Regency architecture. 

It is said to be "the most complete regency town in England" by AA Illustrated Guide to Britain.

It is the home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing and of the famous Cheltenham festival in March.

Cheltenham is a perfect destination for a weekend and it is also a great place to rest after having walk a third of the Cotswold Way.
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If you are walking North to South and started in Chipping Campden, you have already walked 4,5 miles from Chipping Campden to Broadway, 9,5 miles from Broadway to Winchcombe, maybe visited Sudeley Castle and then walked another 9,5 miles from Winchcombe to Cheltenham.

Large avenues offer a perfect place to stroll around the central quarter of Montpellier, with its beautiful gardens and squares and rest after your long walk along The Cotswold Way

The iconic Greek-style caryatids dividing the different shop windows and the old Imperial Baths (now the Queen Hotel) are the most famous monuments of the centre of the town.

The Royal Crescent and many more elegant streets retain the old terraced houses in Regency style, with beautiful ironworks at their balconies, that, if even just a little better kept, would easily compete with the  other spa-town of Bath and its famous crescent.

The Regency buildings in Montpellier quarter are particularly beautiful at sunset.

Cheltenham is famous and proud to have been the home of the composer Gustav Holts, the author of the famous suite "The Planets".

You can visit his house in Cheltenham and a beautiful bronze statue of the composer just behind the Council Offices.

Cheltenham is also the birthplace of Edward Adrian Wilson, Scott's doctor in the famous and tragic polar expedition. 

A beautiful statue is dedicated to him in front of the Council Hall, and you can still see his house not far from Montpellier gardens. 

Walking North, through a beautiful park you can admire the Pump House, a beautiful neoclassical building where you can taste, Cheltenham thermal water, very rich in minerals. 

The water attracted many many people here, during the XIX Century.

Along the park, beautiful liberty houses and more classical Georgian mansions encircle the Pump House. 

One time the park was private and it was reserved to the lucky ones who could afford living in this beautiful park in front the Pump Room. 

The Neo Classical façade of the Pump Room, where you can have a free taste of the thermal water, very rich in minerals.

From Cheltenham The Cotswold Way is not too far away. 

To rejoin it you just have to walk South towards Leckhampton, a quarter of Cheltenham with red bricks houses and shady avenues, on the hill above, Leckhampton Hill, the path leads to Birdlip, our next section of the walk that we will publish next week.

  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Are you going in holiday in Spain? Have you planned a visit to the Alhambra?


Moorish ceiling at the Alhambra - Granada, Spain

Alhambra is power. Alhambra is knowledge.

There are many fortresses to visit in Spain, in Europe and in the World, but the Alhambra, in Granada has something unique and special.

You realize this immediately, as soon as you look at the Alhambra from Granada's old town narrow alleys. 

This Moorish fortress, overlooking the town, didn't protect just men and treasures. 

It protected also art and culture, things even more rare and precious.

The Alhambra contains a genial and perfect world, a word so special that it has to be protected by high, strong walls. 


Alhambra, late afternoon


It is said to be the Heaven on the Earth. 

It is said to possess God's beauty. 

It is said to possess the most beautiful birds, the freshest water, the most colourful flowers and the biggest trees. 

Once upon a time the best artists, the most skillful musicians, the most inspired poets and the most beautiful women were living at the Alhambra. 

The Alhambra is a world of perfect symmetries, of incredible prospectives and of unreal panoramas.

Watch our video of the Alhambra. 
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It is easy to be envious of Washington Irving, the American writer who visited the Alhambra when it wasn't yet so touristy and noisy. 

He visited the Alhambra when it was silent and it was abandoned and in the loneliness and in the peace of this place he found the inspiration to write “The legends of the Alhambra”

The Alhambra inspired Irving's romantic tales of love and of war.

The Alhambra is particularly beautiful when the sun rises. It is magic to enter through the large decorated gates or to stop in the park in front of the statue of Washington Irving and look to the huge towers of this fortress.

The Tower of Justice seems really to hide a treasure, with its large key and its open hand sculpted at the top. 

The treasure is at Nazaries Palace. It is the large fountain surrounded by twelve lions. Maybe the lions are there to guard the fantastic ceiling in the Sala de la Dos Hermanas. 


The amazing El Generalife's Palace


Each room of the Palace has a ceiling differently decorated. 

In the Templada Room on the ceiling is represented the sky. 

In the Kings Room the ceiling is decorated with wonderful geometric figures, so beautiful that you need to sit and look at them for a while to take in their beauty. 

Outside in the large garden, beautiful plants are lining along the road that connect the Nazaries Palace with the Generalife. 

The Generalife is the private house of the King at the Alhambra. 


All the beauty of the palace... unfortunatley not us beautifully kept...

There the king used to retire, away from his court, to think and take decisions. 

The Generalife, with the large pool in front, reminds immediately of the Indian Taj Mahal. 

Although much more little than the Indian wonder, the pool of the Generalife is very beautiful, particularly in spring when the yellow and violets flowers are reflecting in the water.

The Alhambra is a unique place, situated in the heart of Granada. Granada is a beautiful historic city situated in the Spanish region of Andalucia. 


Read also our page Visit Spain for more posts, tips and itineraries for your travel in Spain.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Want to travel to a Scottish Isle? The wonderful Island of Arran is waiting you!

The beautiful village of Lamlash at sunset

After having visited the Shetland Isles, we continue or tour in the Scottish Isles, this time discovering Arran.

Arran is also called "Scotland in miniature", because this little island well represents the different aspects of the tipical Scottish landscape.

Beautiful beaches, bare mountains and castles are the main attractions of Arran.

Arran is only two hours away from Glasgow and it is very well connected to Glasgow International Airport and Prestwick International Airport on the Ayrshire Coast.

The Holy Island in front of Arran

Here some ideas about what to do and what to see in Arran.

If you love trekking you should absolutely climb the Goatfell, the main (and nearly only) mountain on the island. 

In a sunny days from the top you can enjoy fantastic views of Arran and of all the surrounding Western Scottish Isles, including the neighbour island of Bute.

If you like to visit castles the most interesting on the island is certainly Brodick Castle. 

Situated in Brodick, the main town of Arran, the castle and its beautiful gardens will make your visit in Arran special.

The Goatfell towering above Arran
Lochranza in the North of the island is also unmissable, with its beautiful bay and the ruins of the old castle. 

We absolutely recommend to visit Lochranza in a full moon night and enjoy the reflections of the moon in the bay behind Lochranza Castle.

Visit the beautiful village of Lamlash with its pretty cottages and take a trip to the little Holy Island, now a Buddhist retreat.

Enjoy the quiet and beauty of Arran beaches and watch the seals busking in the sun on the West Coast, try the local whisky and beer and plan a trip to the nearby island of Bute.

The beautiful bay at Brodick

Blackfoot, on Arran West Coast

Arran is very well connected by public transport to Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick Airport (Read more here about about How to get to Arran).

Hope you enjoyed our photos.

Visit also our page about Scotland to read more posts and itineraries to plan your trip in Scotland.