Activities, Days Out, UK

Ride The Slide

The AcelorMittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a structure that turns heads and certainly divides opinion. Standing as the tallest sculpture in the UK at 114m, the Orbit was designed by Turner Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. The twisted red metal structure stands next to the Olympic… Continue reading Ride The Slide

Destinations, Photography, Travel

Six days in the Dolomites

I did it again. Trawling through Instagram, I came across a fantastic photograph of a landscape that looked other worldly, like a scene from Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. 'Where is this magical place?' I thought, before looking at the location tag of the photo and figuring out that it was in the… Continue reading Six days in the Dolomites

Destinations, Theme Parks

Universal Orlando Resort – Part One

I have a confession to make. I am a theme park geek. There was a time I would visit theme parks a couple of times a month, sometimes more. I would happily take a flight to ride the newest roller coaster. I would plan US road trips around visiting different theme parks. I could tell… Continue reading Universal Orlando Resort – Part One

Activities, UK

Ride a perfect wave in the Welsh mountains

It always rains in Wales, or at least that's what you are told. This is not factually correct, but if you are heading up to the Conwy Valley on the outskirts of the Snowdonia National Park you will be sure to want to spend a lot of your time outdoors to take in the stunning… Continue reading Ride a perfect wave in the Welsh mountains

Days Out, Photography, UK

National Trust – Basildon Park

Overview The National Trust is a conservation organisation which works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces in the UK. The trust owns 350 heritage properties including historic houses, gardens and monuments which can be visited for a fee, as well as many sites of natural beauty which are open to the public free… Continue reading National Trust – Basildon Park

Photography, Travel

Exploring Umbria (and beyond)

Umbria is a regionĀ of central Italy landlocked between Tuscany to the west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. It's fair to say it doesn't sit as prominently on the tourist map as some other parts of the country. The draw of neighbouring Tuscany with it's beautiful landscape of rolling hills, cypress lined… Continue reading Exploring Umbria (and beyond)

Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Photo Challenge: Textures

Having visited Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park in California a couple of times, I have become a little obsessed with the Giant Sequoia tree. The Sequoiadendron gigantiumĀ also commonly known as the Giant Redwood can reach up to 280 feet in height and are among the oldest living things on earth, the oldest known by… Continue reading Photo Challenge: Textures