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Ladakh Unlimited: Life in the Indian Himalaya

A brisk wind races through the high passes, scattering prayer flags flapping and fluttering against the sky. The haunting echo of footsteps tracing the corridor of a Buddhist monastery is swept away, the sun streams down over the lush green tea plantations of Darjeeling. Somewhere more secretive, the elusive shadow of a snow leopard slips out of view.

The Amalfi Coast - Eat, Walk, Love

The old man’s eyes are honest as he whispers to me, “Here, in this region, we have everything you can possibly look for." This wizened face belongs to one of the family who own the Hotel Le Due Torri where we are staying, high in the hills near the Amalfi Coast of Italy. At first I assume this statement is part and parcel of the typical patriotism that characterizes many Italians – but soon, I am proved wrong.

The most painful holiday ever? Conquering Mont Ventoux

Tackling Ventoux In Search Of Tom Simpson... Tom "Tommy" Simpson was a British road cyclist, still regarded as one the most successful British cyclists of all-time. In 1962 he became the first British rider to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, wearing the maillot jaune on stage 13. In 1965 he became Britain's first world road race champion and BBC Sport Personality of the year – nearly 50 years before Sir Brad. In 1967 he died, aged just 29 years. He died on stage 13 of the race, on the ascent of Beast of Provence – Mt Ventoux.

New Year, Not So New You

For the first New Year ever I have not made a resolution - I have, after many years, finally admitted to myself that I'm not going to keep it anyway, so why bother making one?

Instead, I'm looking down alternative avenues. After all, with the inclement weather forcing us to hunker down, the odd glass of red wine helps to keep the chill at bay, right..? Rather than the standard spirit-sapping steamed broccoli and 'detox' tea purgatory, I'm looking for my healthy approach to kick start the year to be exciting.

All of these are on the cards in the next few months.

Food and drink of the Picos

Amidst the alpine scenery of white limestone karst, green hills flecked white with roaming sheep and goats, picturesque trails wind between shepherd's huts and villages. The Picos de Europa is a haven of tranquility, known for its sumptuous, hearty cuisine full of flavours from the surrounding hills. Local specialties include Fabada Asturiana, chickpea stew, and the famous blue cheese “Queso Cabrales”. Ingredients are sourced locally - from farms a few miles away, from market stall groaning under the weight of local produce.

Iceland: A Winter activities highlight

Having lived in Kiruna, northern Sweden, as a child, I thought I’d pretty much seen it all when it comes to winter in an isolated cold environment.  That was until I visited Iceland in December – when I realised I’d not seen the half of it. It may have been while I was traversing a magnificent, ancient glacier on foot, or when I was posing next to a waterfall only to find myself being peppered by spray that had turned to ice in mid-air, or even as I was standing open-mouthed in awe as a geyser fired a jet of water and steam a hundred yards into the dark mid-afternoon sky.

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