Photo-journalist Allan Hartley recently returned from Indochina and thoroughly enjoyed the journey though this fascinating part of the world.
Portugal's Emerald Coast
May 15-22th 2010
Surprising. That was the theme of our week on the Portuguese coast, north of Porto.
We were surprised by the lovely coastline with huge sandy beaches and breaking rollers.
Surprised by the hills and valleys, full of wild flowers and grape vines surrounding gardens and small fields of vegetables. And surprised by the low cost of everything in shops and bars (one euro was standard for a beer).
A great hotel, and some good meals at local restaurants. We were pleased we took the local train to visit Viana and the old walled part of Valenca, on the Spanish border.
A Week in Puerto de Soller
A memorable day was a route direct from our Hotel Marbell in Soller to the bay location of Cala Tuent. We set off on this particular day from the Port directly up into the hills and mountain hinterland of the NW region of Majorca up to a Mirador (viewing point) in fine weather as part of the C Grade walk for that day.
The Peak District
In the extremely safe hands of our expert leader Katherine Bagshaw, who lives in Edale and is one of Ramblers Worldwide Holidays “Hutting Leaders”, we set off to Hollins Cross via Hardenclough Farm and along the ridge to Lose Hill, with fine views towards both Kinder Scout to the North, Castleton to the South, Win Hill and beyond.