Springtime Hiking in Spoleto

So, it’s just before 8 in the morning, the sky is blue, the birds are singing, the dogs are barking and the Italian countryside awaits us. I don my trusty pink starburst yoga pants and my all weather jacket and we hit the road for our trek of the holiday the Giro dei condotti. I’m freezing! The sky may be blue, but after 5 minutes outside, so is my face! The joys of Spring I suppose. No matter, after walking uphill at a vigorous pace I soon begin to heat up and with the sun steadily climbing the temperature starts […]

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Getting Wild in Surfers Paradise

Keep your hair on, I mean wildlife people! If you’re like me, you might be thinking that Australia is awash with snakes and spiders just waiting to jump out at you and you will no doubt have heard the advice of checking under the toilet seat (which I did religiously) just in case a redback spider was lurking there. I also spent a good deal of time scanning rooms for the great big huntsman I’d seen so many photos of. Thankfully, I didn’t see any spiders on this holiday, so my blood pressure remained pretty normal, but the wildlife we […]

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Taking on the mighty Swinica

“There is no fun without risk” That’s the exact words that came from a fellow hiker on his descent from Swinica summit. We were just coming up to the section where the via ferrata chains began and this guy came flying down the steep slope with a big smile on his face and came to a skidding halt a few inches from the edge of a drop, spoke his words of wisdom then just carried on! Having already had my success in getting to the top of Giewont and breaking the notion that I was afraid of heights, I was […]

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An Epic Hike to Morskie Oko

If you go down to the woods today… you’re sure of a big surprise! Never has a truer word been spoken on this occasion. The plan: Get up and out for 4am, walk to Morskie Oko (not bus – Walk) go see the beautiful lake, climb up to Czarny Staw pod Rysami Lake, clamber back down, then get the bus back to Zakopane. Already this was a tall order, we knew that this was just over 30km round trip, one of the longest hikes we have done in one go. I’d spent the following evening googling the walk from Zakopane […]

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