Kefalonia – and a dark night on a mountain

In my series of articles about Greece I have been trailing through the Ionian Islands. If you have been following I hope you have enjoyed the journey so far, for now I will continue with the exploration of Cephalonia. As you head down the coast road further, if you are missing out Lixouri and the… Continue reading Kefalonia – and a dark night on a mountain

Kefalonia – Adventures on a moped

If you have been reading this series of blogs about the Island of Cephalonia, you will know I left us having struggled to take the journey much past Fiscardo in the North after the last edition. What can I say, a lot of things happened in Fiscardo. If you missed that episode then please click… Continue reading Kefalonia – Adventures on a moped

Mountains and Motivation

There was a time when I would climb a mountain on a whim.  I’m not talking about technical climbing with ropes and equipment.  No what they call scrambling, where you just find your way up even if it means a little free climbing along the way.  I’ve climbed quite a few in my time, Mount… Continue reading Mountains and Motivation

Crete in B&W

After years of travelling in the Ionian Islands, I came to Crete and instantly feel in love with the Island.  I mean not the really crazy bits around the airports, but the more quieter locations that can be found easy enough across this large Island. This year we were based in the foothills above Rethymnon,… Continue reading Crete in B&W

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 4

At night here a new wonder was found.  So far away from electric light, with the air thinner than I had ever experienced before, the night time sky was exposed so exquisitely beautifully.  I had seen the stars, atop mountains in the Greek isles, secluded in the Rajastan desert, but these paled in comparison to… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 4

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 3

Silence.  Always silence, with no towns or cars, any small noise would be dampened by the blanket  snow covering.  The days were getting colder, although the sun mostly shone, but the air was thinner and the mix of decreasing oxygen and the cold made the going hard.  Only the exertion of walking for hours on… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 3

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 2

I had both set out alone, days before.  I had left the security of Pokora to follow the famous Annapurna trail through the Himalayan mountains, aiming for the Thorong La Pass at 18,000 feet.  I had been warned the pass was closed due to the recent bad weather, but with rumours of Alpine guides having… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 2

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 1

The air was cold, as cold as I had ever experienced it. I had been told it was -45c at one point, a fantastic figure outside anything I had known before, but it was so cold you couldn't stand outside for night for any longer than it took to pee unless you had just about… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 1