Posted on: March 30, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Trips for travellers

Get to grips with yoga in Bali Stretching out on a yoga mat is a surefire way to feel healthy and blissed out on your travels. The pretty town of Ubud, deep in the heart of Bali, is arguably the best place on the planet to get your fix and perfect moves you only practise once a month at the local gym. The Yoga Barn, set on the edge of town and…

Posted on: March 30, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Easter traditions in Europe

Rocket battles in Chios, Greece Fireworks are common during midnight church services on Orthodox Easter Saturdays in Greece. But on the island of Chios, Easter is even more incendiary. Two neighbouring parishes in Vrontados – Agios Markos and Panaghia Ereithiani – hold an annual competition to fire shots at each other’s steeples. Real cannons were used until the late 19th century, but these days homemade rockets are the ammunition for the town’s annual rouketopolemos (rocket war). The score…

Posted on: March 30, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Abandoned places to explore

1. Gunkanjima in Nagasaki, Japan Known as Battleship Island (Gunkanjima in Japanese), thanks to its distinctive shape that resembles a war vessel from the side angle of approach, Hashima Island is a former deep sea coal-mining settlement off the coast of Nagasaki set up in the late 1800’s. The 16-acre island was once home to over 5000 workers and their families before being closed for good, and today you can witness the…

Posted on: March 30, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Places for wild swimming

Whether you’re a cold water cognoscente or just looking to dip your toe into this invigorating wellness activity, here’s a selection of the loveliest wild (outdoor) swimming spots in Europe that won’t cost a cent to use. 1. Lake Bohinj, Slovenia The Julian Alps offer top-class swimming, including the lovely-but-costly Lake Bled lido. However, travel down the road to Triglav National Park’s Lake Bohinj and discover wilder scenery for free. The Sava Bohinjka…

Posted on: March 30, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Spring flower displays

Blooming Baroque, Ludwigsburg, Germany The semi-permanent Blooming Baroque garden show in Ludwigsburg, Germany, has been welcoming visitors to its 30 hectares of manicured gardens since 1954. Visit the palatial grounds of the 18th-century Residenzschloss between March and November and you can not only see displays filled with spring flowers, but also visit bird aviaries and oriental gardens, cruise past Grimm Brothers fairytale scenes, climb Rapunzel’s tower and get lost in a giant hedge maze. Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse,…

Posted on: March 29, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 1

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