Postcard from The Winding Trail 07: Gdańsk

A ghostly photograph found in our collection took us back to a winter visit to Gdańsk and the night we arrived in the Polish city by train from Berlin. How you arrive in a city, and especially the time of year or day, can certainly have a big impact on your first impressions of a… Continue reading Postcard from The Winding Trail 07: Gdańsk

Walking in the rain – Heimbach, Eifel

In the car park at Heimbach, as the river waters ran fast beneath the castle walls, we peered through the windscreen as the rain beat down on the car and puddles formed where the asphalt had been misshapen by time and the long reach of thick tree roots beneath the surface. We had known, before… Continue reading Walking in the rain – Heimbach, Eifel

Queen of the Mountains – Rigi, Switzerland

When friends live in different countries it is not always easy to find time to spend together, so when we can capture the moment, we try to make the best of it. This time we met in Lucerne (Luzern) for a weekend by the lake. But while the town was welcoming and friendly, it was… Continue reading Queen of the Mountains – Rigi, Switzerland

On the terraces – Lavaux, Lake Geneva

As so often is the case when you approach somewhere new, we settled on a simple plan. From Lausanne station we would take the train that travelled east above the shore of Lake Geneva as far as our city pass would allow, and then we would walk home. It would be a walk that took… Continue reading On the terraces – Lavaux, Lake Geneva

From the stormy sea to the winding trail

On Christmas Eve, twelve months ago, we headed out from the small house overlooking the Atlantic and drove up onto the ridge that makes up the interior of São Jorge island, a landscape of fields divided by volcanic rock walls and the grassy cones of the volcanoes looped by dirt red tracks.  We were hoping… Continue reading From the stormy sea to the winding trail

Miles to go before we sleep – Fläming in the snow

Even paths we have walked many times can be made anew. The walk was a familiar one, out from our little yellow house on the edge of a Brandenburg village, following a rutted, sandy trail where the houses meet the fields to the water tower. From there, we would walk the track along the forest,… Continue reading Miles to go before we sleep – Fläming in the snow

Postcard from The Winding Trail 06: Rendsburg

A few weeks ago we headed out from Berlin to explore the salt marshes and tidal estuaries of Germany's North Sea coast. On the way we crossed the Kiel Canal, and discovered the Rendsburg railway bridge, an architectural marvel that dominated the landscape and became the subject for our latest Postcard from The Winding Trail,… Continue reading Postcard from The Winding Trail 06: Rendsburg

Mountain of the Mind – Daniel, Tirol

The village of Ehrwald sits at the corner of a valley in Austria, just across the border from Germany. The valley is about a thousand metres above sea level, a damp moss of drained moorland divided into neat fields for growing the hay that will keep the cattle fed over the long, snowy winter. At… Continue reading Mountain of the Mind – Daniel, Tirol

Walking in Autumn – Berlin & Brandenburg

The new year begins as the leaves begin to turn, and those last warm summer evenings switch to an autumn chill, the smell of wood stoves in the village or small bonfires in the allotments of the city. We call it a new year because autumn is a time of beginnings as well as the… Continue reading Walking in Autumn – Berlin & Brandenburg

Through the mist – Black Mountain, Belfast

The mountain starts where the city stops. A final semi-detached house before a farmer’s field, at the end of which the slope starts to really rise into the mist. It was a winter morning when we travelled there, to meet Feargal and his friends at the very edge of the city. They were going to… Continue reading Through the mist – Black Mountain, Belfast