24th December 2015

Christmas Madeira style

Christmas has finally arrived! We would like to take this opportunity to show you some Christmassy photos from our recent trip to Madeira – and trust us, Madeirans know how to celebrate Christmas in style. Nearly 85% of Madeira’s population are Catholics, for whom Christmas is one of the most important religious celebrations. For this occasion, towns and villages get dressed up in thousands of lights, and Nativity scenes pop up all over the island. Funchal and its Christmas decorations […]
23rd December 2015
Lava pools at Porto Moniz

Magical Madeira (part 1)

“Pearl of the Atlantic”, “Isle of flowers” or “The floating garden of the Atlantic” – these are the best-known nicknames of Madeira, Portuguese island off the west coast of Africa. Known for its Mediterranean climate and mild, spring-like temperatures almost all year round, Madeira is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Europe, particularly favoured by German and British pensioners. But if you think there’s nothing attractive there for younger people, you are wrong! Searching for some winter sun […]
5th December 2015

Christmas spirit in Edinburgh

In the UK Christmas comes early – as soon as Halloween pumpkins and fake spiders disappear from shops and homes, Christmas trees and fairy lights take their place and Christmas markets pop up all over the country. A couple of weeks ago we took an afternoon drive to Edinburgh and had an opportunity to see Scottish capital dressing up for the festive season.
26th November 2015

Hillwalking in Scotland – where to find information?

Scottish mountains are relatively low – the highest peak, Ben Nevis, stands 1344 meters above the sea level, which makes it a mere dwarf when compared to the highest peaks of Alps, Carpathians or other European mountain ranges. However, owing to their rugged nature, severe and often unpredictable weather with frequent rain and strong winds, paths starting at (or almost at) the sea level and often very remote location (particularly in West and Northwest Highlands), they are more difficult than […]
14th November 2015
Ayr beach birds wildlife, Scotland

A day on the beach (Ayr)

Thanks to the storm bearing a charming, and very adequate, name of Abigail (a-big-gale), the weather in Scotland has been dreadful in the past week. Tired of the constant wind and rain, today we decided to share some photos from our trip to Ayr beach a couple of weeks ago, when the weather was still nice and sunny. Ayr is a town on the shores of Firth of Clyde, on the Scottish west coast, about an hour drive from Glasgow. […]
7th November 2015
Osprey Sirius 36 womens backpack review - front view, Scottish Highlands, UK

Osprey Sirius 36 backpack – Review

Looking for a good hiking daypack? Check if Osprey Sirius 36 backpack is worth buying We’re big fans of Osprey backpacks – a couple of years ago we bought 65l Ariel and 88l Xenith for long backpacking trips and we couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase. Very comfortable, capacious and practical, with heaps of useful features and great look, what else can be expected from a backpack? So when I decided to buy a new, smaller backpack for day […]
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