In May 1941, Germany launched the largest airborne invasion in its military history. It was on Crete, an island approximately 42 times smaller than Germany. Part of the attack unfolded dramatically across the sky and in the fields around Souda Bay near Chania in western Crete. We couldn't have been sleeping more amongst ghosts if we'd tried.
On the morning of the ride, after changes of clothes and the pavlova base had been carefully packed into a pannier, Matt was the bearer of unwelcome news. We’d forgotten to check the estimated time for the cycle route on OsmAnd, the app we use for navigation and which is programmed to take into account our slothly cycling speed.
On the last day of our summer holiday (2021), we were invited to the house of one of Matt’s teacher colleagues for lunch. The lady and her husband lived in Menton, the last town along the French Riviera before you arrive at the Italian border.
Reluctant to return to Nice the same route we came, we decide on an Alistair Humphreys-inspired "Micro-Adventure" with the goal of getting across a hilly green area on our map in order to cycle the coastal road home.
From the Paillon valley, Peillon rises commandingly from her rocky perch amongst tree-covered hills. She seems very high. I wonder if we can pedal so far after a summer of eating, drinking, and not much cycling?
You might think a lack of sand along its coast is Croatia’s comeuppance for hogging almost 1,800 km of mainland coastline while Bosnia Herzegovina and Slovenia get approximately 20 km and 50 km of coast each.
When you get married abroad, if you're anything like us, you'll be racked with guilt about people having to take a holiday to attend your wedding. What can you do to show guests how much you appreciate them without going over budget?
You might reach a point when you want to hurl your laptop through the window if you see one more picture of cocktail jam jars, photo booths with mustache props, or large “Mr and Mrs” backdrop lights on dance floors.
Once we had the blessings from our nearest and dearest to get married abroad, the search for the perfect wedding venue became more complicated. We had to consider the proximity of venues to airports, the availability of direct budget flights to England, the range of
We hadn’t imagined slogging up hills in Croatia. We thought we’d be cruising along the Adriatic, hopping between islands, and stopping off at beaches for refreshing swims. After the Alps, Croatia was meant to be The Holiday.