Category Archives: Canoe Trips

Galapagos – Fragile paradise on the edge

In reality, many places around the planet never quite match up to the expectations and preconceptions that we have for these places. Glossy tourist brochures and websites, churn out endless images of unspoiled nature, friendly locals, incredible food and culture … Continue reading

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Paddling days on the Rursee:

It’s that time of the year when I crave to get back out onto the water again – however, this year it’s different unfortunately. Whilst normally I’d be cheerily loading up kayaks onto the roof bars on a weekend, I’m … Continue reading

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Koh Tao – Searching for “The Beach”

Danny Boyle’s film “The Beach” Starring Leonardo DiCaprio was set around the theme of a mythical beach, located in a pristine bay which was tucked away somewhere in the Gulf of Thailand. In the movie, the beach had assumed a … Continue reading

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Land of lakes, rocky coasts & endless forests:

I’d never been to Scandinavia, until last summer that is, when we spent two wonderful weeks in a rustic, weather-boarded, retro-style, summerhouse set amidst lakes and forest, just a little to the East of Gothenburg. Although plenty of doomsayers warned us about the summer plagues … Continue reading

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Into the Canadian Wild

The road stretched to the far horizon as we headed North up Highway 97 along the old gold prospectors’ route towards Williams Lake, Quesnel and the Bowron Country. Endless forests melted into the distance; a thousand lakes shimmering in the September … Continue reading

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Island Strongholds of Loch Awe

Another year and it occurs to me that it has been months since I last wrote a post for this blog; life has just got far too busy recently. It’s a dreich February evening and as usual at this time of year … Continue reading

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Tummel and Tay: Exploring Scotland by Canadian Canoe

In an age dominated by road transport, most journeys these days involve jumping into the car.  This was not however always the case; for our ancestors rivers and lochs formed the main communication routes through the landscape. On the River Tay in Perthshire, for example, log … Continue reading

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Three Men in 3 Boats: a Hebridean tale of Cowardice and Mediocrity

It’s hard getting used to being landlocked here in continental Europe. Any piece of water, whether it’s a reservoir, stagnant pond or small stream now starts to take on a special spiritual significance, if like me, you are used to living … Continue reading

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Assynt: Winter light in Scotland’s far North West

Journey  to Scotland’s “Middle Earth” Whilst Germany is fascinating to explore for its culture, heritage and history, it’s very hard to beat the Scottish Highlands for experiencing pure, raw nature and a sense of connection with landscape and “spirit of place”. The Assynt … Continue reading

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Castles, Vineyards and Ancient Villages

In the shadow of Burg Thurant: The austere twin towered fortress of Burg Thurant stands impressively on a hill top overlooking the winding streets, ancient houses, inns and vineyards of Alken, a medieval wine village situated on the lower Mosel. This dramatic scene symbolises everything … Continue reading

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