What Makes a Place

Is it the place itself? The landscape, the landmarks, the land in general? Or is its inhabitants? I think as with most things the answer is somewhere in between, but it has been an inescapable realisation while travelling that the latter are much more interesting in the long run. People are constantly different, whether it's …

France: Crash-Course Comparisons (part 1)

Having spent a good 95% of my life in the UK, I know it pretty well, and it comes as natural that anywhere else I go gets judged on my experience from back home. And it also means that those 'anywhere else's are very much somewhere else, and to me relatively unexplored and new. So …

A Chateau A Day

I'm not sure whether I mentioned it or not,  but one of the big things I'm into is history, and one of the big historical attractions of a European cycling tour (or any tour for that matter) is castles. I like castles. And so following a terrible record of castle-seeing/conquering in the UK (I went …

Getting Acquainted

Giving London a chance is one of the first real meaty plans that I had for my trip, given that I'd grown up barely ever setting foot in the place and being otherwise somewhat prejudiced against it for its centre-of-everything, arrogant nature, and of-course its location in the south of the country which earned instant …