A guide to two nights in Annecy, France

Before I went to Annecy everyone I mentioned it to was either full of raptures on how wonderful it was, or seemed jealous as they hadn’t made it there yet. As such, my expectations were perhaps higher than they would usually be when going to a new place. I’d seen a few pictures of the old town, but otherwise I knew very little about Annecy other than the fact the town was right next to a lake of the same name. Our friend who were visiting in Lyon suggested combining our trip to see him with a short stay in Annecy, and we were more than happy to take that recommendation. Although we made our trip in the week (arriving Sunday lunchtime and leaving Tuesday morning) it could be adapted to any two-night period.

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Hiking the Three Peaks (Snowdon/ Yr Wyddfa, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike)

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales back to back, often within 24 hours. It is designed to be a challenge, and it’s not one I’ve done or have any intention of doing. However, I decided when I was in New Zealand, probably motivated by several months of hiking, that I did want to hike each of the ‘three peaks’ at my own leisure. I recently completed that aim, and this post shares a little bit about my experience, but also some thoughts on the National Three Peaks Challenge.

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Glamping in a Tipi at Wasdale National Trust Campsite

As much as I love being in the outdoors, camping has never really appealed to me. I think it’s partly because I didn’t do it as a child (when most people get their fond memories) but also because of the various camping disaster stories I’ve heard. Needing a loo in the night and having to traipse across a muddy field to get there didn’t appeal. Getting wet and having to put up and down a wet tent, plus the risk of it leaking, sounds like a weekend nightmare to me. And that’s without even thinking about things like mice, the challenges of cooking on a camping stove and much more. Whilst I love being outdoors, I also like being warm, dry and having a proper night’s sleep.

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A first timer’s guide to New Delhi: three day itinerary

This is my three day travel guide to New Delhi – an itinerary which will suit first time visitors to the city.

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Impressions of India – notes on the journey home

I started our trip writing on the way to the airport about how I was feeling about our upcoming travels, so it seems fitting to spend the journey home capturing some of my impressions of the country we’ve just spent the last 17 days in. This will (hopefully) be one of a number of blog posts which will go into much more detail about what we did, along with tips for first time travellers to India.

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