Monthly Archives: October 2012

Living in Aachen: Ancient Capital at the heart of Europe

Introducing Aachen: Over a year ago, I moved from Edinburgh to the City of Aachen located in the “Euregio” on the border of Germany, Holland and Belgium.  Living in Germany’s most Westerly City has given me a great opportunity to learn about the history, … Continue reading

Posted in Aachen & Euregio, Current Affairs, History & Culture, In Europe | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Getting the Children Back into the Woods

 On Nature Deficit Syndrome and how to avoid it: “I want to climb the mountain with YOU Daddy…”, my 4-year-old daughter Zoe urged determinedly as I  gazed upon the inviting summit of Herzogstand somewhere off in the bluey middle distance and mentally put myself … Continue reading

Posted in Aachen & Euregio, Family, In Europe, In Scotland, Mountain Treks, Trees & Greenspaces, Wild Places | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Wrong Turning in the Bavarian Alps

It was one of these all too rare occurences these days; a child-free day alone to explore the dramatic Bavarian Alps in solitude and tranquility. Martina, my partner, had offered to look after our 2 young children and I was allowed out; unleashed to rediscover the … Continue reading

Posted in In Europe, Mountain Treks, Wild Places | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mosel Less Travelled

Everyone knows about the Romantic Rhine; stereotypical landscapes of half timbered villages clambering up steep, vine bedecked slopes, crowned with dramatic medieval castles. These landscapes inspired a whole generation of 19th Century romantics, poets, travellers and artists including Byron and Turner. However the little … Continue reading

Posted in Family, History & Culture, In Europe | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment