A place like no other – the Schrammsteine of Saxon Switzerland

It was Friday evening when we caught the train from Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof. Two dads, two daughters, heading south beyond Dresden and towards the Czech border, climbing down from the train in darkness on the banks of the Elbe. Across the river from the station, the lights of Bad Schandau shone against the dark hills that… Continue reading A place like no other – the Schrammsteine of Saxon Switzerland

Along the Semmering Railway

It was our good friend Nicky who gave us the idea. ‘If you’re already taking the night train to Vienna,’ she said, ‘then might I suggest you book tickets to Graz? The price will be the same and you’ll get to spend the morning following the Semmering Railway through the mountains. You can always have… Continue reading Along the Semmering Railway

Along the Narcissus Path – Les Avants

It was a walk planned around train lines and train timetables. There was no real destination in mind, no peak to climb or pass to cross. All we had seen was a photograph. A little red train clinging to the mountainside. Hauled up from one village to the next by a series of cables for… Continue reading Along the Narcissus Path – Les Avants

Postcard from The Winding Trail 03: Lausanne

We just sent out our latest Postcard from The Winding Trail. These are our irregular email newsletters that include original stories from our trips, a round-up of everything we've recently posted on the site (which, seeing as you are reading this, you probably already know), as well as a collection of books we've been reading,… Continue reading Postcard from The Winding Trail 03: Lausanne

Where the Duergar dwell – Simonside, Northumberland

Up on the ridge we looked out across the landscape. Heather tinged with purple. Solitary trees. Rocky outcrops.  In the distance we could see the blue waters of the North Sea and the hills that straddle the border to Scotland. We were on the Simonside Hills of Northumberland, a place of stories and legends. To… Continue reading Where the Duergar dwell – Simonside, Northumberland

Germany’s 9-Euro Ticket and Outdoor Adventures

If you live in Germany or are planning a trip to our home country this summer, you can take advantage of this special monthly pass that has been introduced by the government to encourage public transport use and ease the impact of inflation and the rise in energy prices. For June, July, and August you… Continue reading Germany’s 9-Euro Ticket and Outdoor Adventures

The French Farland – Loch Fyne

We had imagined our trip to Scotland to be one of movement. Of travelling along lonely roads between the glens. Of walking trails along the loch shore or up into the hills. Of trains across the moor and ferries to the islands. And although all of those things remained on the agenda, the strongest memory… Continue reading The French Farland – Loch Fyne

A dusty red road through the hills – Rodalquilar

The township of Rodalquilar, in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, was born of a gold rush. When the mines were opened there was a belief that the volcanic landscape within which the town was built would give up great riches. They were linked by wide, dusty roads that were cut through the low mountains,… Continue reading A dusty red road through the hills – Rodalquilar

The hidden valley – Furnas

From the lookout point it was possible to take in the whole of the Furnas Valley, hidden away in the interior of the island and only visible once we were right upon it. We could see the rim of the volcanic crater, and the cones shaped by previous eruptions. We looked down on the blue… Continue reading The hidden valley – Furnas

Crossing the Vršič Pass

Just outside Kranjska Gora we stopped by a lake and the statue of Zlatorog – the golden horned ibex that was said to stalk the slopes of Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain. We followed his gaze up into the hills, where low clouds obscured all but the lowest peaks. Was it worth continuing? We stood with… Continue reading Crossing the Vršič Pass