Summer Photo Contest 2014!

Well, unintentionally it would seem that I’ve taken the summer off from blogging. I guess that’s not necessarily a bad thing, since it’s given me a bit of a breather and saved any potential readers from drab drivel and prefab platitudes driven by the feeling that I need to publish something – anything – in order…

Family Skiing at Boi-Taull, in Spain’s Vall de Boi

A while back I wrote a piece giving advice about taking ski holidays with kids, and after my wife reminded me of this I reread my own advice, abandoned the over-elaborate and absurdly ambitious plans I’d been making, and booked us into a week near the little family-oriented resort of Boi-Taull in the Pyrenees. The Vall…

Montserrat – The Spiritual Soul of Catalonia

One of the pitfalls of extensive travel is developing a higher ‘wow’ threshold, of, like an adrenaline junkie seeking ever-increasing danger in order to get the pituitary glands pumping endorphins, needing more spectacular scenery or more exotic architecture to impress you. The first time you fly over the Alps you’re glued to the window –…