Summer in Alpbach, the prettiest village in Austria

Summer in Alpbach, the prettiest village in Austria

As I pass one picturesque wooden chalet after another, each one overflowing with red geraniums, I feel as if I’ve been transported into the pages of a fairy-tale picture book. Alpbach is said to be the prettiest village in Austria but, as I discovered on a recent trip...
In the Footsteps of the Samurai: Walking the Nakasendo Way

In the Footsteps of the Samurai: Walking the Nakasendo Way

As I stride along the narrow path, tall cedar trees tower above me. All I can hear is the gurgling stream, birds twittering and the breeze rustling in the treetops. The large cobbles I tread upon have been worn down over the centuries by the footsteps of thousands of...
A hike to the hidden cave village of Akrilia, Thirassia.

A hike to the hidden cave village of Akrilia, Thirassia.

With the bright sunshine dazzling our eyes, at first it is hard to make out the caves in the shadows of the gorge. Unless you are virtually right on top of it , the village of Akrilia is well hidden from view. Our guide, of course, knew exactly which track to follow...
Volcanoes, cave houses and the lost city of Atlantis

Volcanoes, cave houses and the lost city of Atlantis

Exploring the island of Thirassia, the little sister of Thira, better known as Santorini, is like stepping back in time. And what better way to discover the real Santorini than on foot, with a hike across the island from Manolas to the hidden village of Akrilia.

Instagramming Santorini

Instagramming Santorini

Early this morning I arrived back from a really magical week in Greece. I’ve had a superb time with my sister exploring the beautiful island of Santorini and neighbouring Therasia. Flying above the clouds to Santorini. I’ve wanted to visit for a very, very...