Exploring the Abandoned Monte Palace Hotel in the Azores, Portugal

Exploring the Abandoned Monte Palace Hotel in the Azores, Portugal

The Azores, owned by Portugal but lying in the Atlantic Ocean about 850 miles West of the mainland, is one of the prettiest places I had ever seen. The island we docked on, São Miguel, is the largest and greenest of the nine islands making up this archipelago, filled with lush rolling hills, sweeping mountainous [...]

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The Coast Starlight from Sacramento to Portland (Shooters, Snow and Very Strange Folk)

The Coast Starlight from Sacramento to Portland (Shooters, Snow and Very Strange Folk)

It was midnight in Sacramento train station, and I had just discovered that my train was delayed by at least an hour. UGH. I tried to sneakily work out who was waiting to board the train and who was just trying to get a night's rest and a bit of warmth on the wooden benches. [...]

Where to go in Marseille…from the tourist hotspots to the completely obscure

Where to go in Marseille…from the tourist hotspots to the completely obscure

The day before I arrived in Marseille, two buildings collapsed. The townhouses had been on the brink of tumbling down for years, but there's no real guidelines from the government here about what makes a structure 'liveable,' and it's estimated that around 40,000 of the city's residential buildings are unsafe or unfit to live in. [...]

Krka National Park (Expectation vs Reality and the problem with #instatravel)

Krka National Park (Expectation vs Reality and the problem with #instatravel)

Pinterest, Instagram and the internet in general had all filled me in on the wonders of Krka National Park in Croatia. You might have seen the pictures yourself. Beautiful waterfalls cascading into a splendiferously turquoise lake, water twinkling in the sunshine, surrounded by dense woodland. And the internet has not lied about this, because all [...]

The Telephone Box Beach in Antigua (Where to find it and what to do while you’re there)

The Telephone Box Beach in Antigua (Where to find it and what to do while you’re there)

Hands up who else remembers the days of telephone boxes!? In England these red-painted booths are iconic, and as an almost thirty-year-old I look back with a fond nostalgia to the days of scrabbling around for 20p to make a call before you got the bus home from school. Ah, the good old days, when [...]