Grandad Janusz and Grandma Zosia used to drive down for day trips to Piotrawin, a little village looking over the Wisła. On the way back, they'd pick walnuts that had fallen along the road. Every month, we'd receive a package in the post from Grandma with a little bag of those shelled walnuts and the latest Polish papers. The following is a transcript of a conversation I had with grandma whilst shelling some of those walnuts at her kitchen table. Grandma Zosia passed away in November 2018.
The following is a transcript of a conversation I had with my Grandma Wisia in 2018 after her family found the second only surviving photo of her father, my great-grandfather. She recollects how her father and my Grandfather Marian’s parents were killed by the UPA, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, in May 1944. Between 1943 and … Continue reading UPA attacks during WW2 – how the UPA killed three of my great-grandparents
Experience levada walking, extreme scenic drives, sea-view clifftop dining, a glass spacewalk above the highest sea cliff in Europe, swimming in natural rock pools and visit the capital, Funchal, all in just three action-packed days.
Morning - Spend the morning in the hilly outskirts of Sofia, visiting the ancient Boyana Church with its 11th century frescoes, walk through the atmospheric Vitosha Forest to Boyana Lake and onwards to the secluded Dragalevtsi Monastery (1hr 45mins walking on steep rocky paths, description below). Lunch - Recover from the walk with a late … Continue reading 24 hours in Sofia
We arrived in Kirishima too early to check-in to our hotel so we used the time to go for a short walk from the Ebino car park up Mt. Shiratori and around the three ponds of Byakushi, Rokannon-Miike and Fudo. We asked the staff at the hotel whether they had a walking map. This was … Continue reading A short walk in Kirishima National Park – Mt Shiratori, Byakushi, Rokannon-Miike and Fudo Ponds (1.5 hours)
This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. The following morning we packed up in the dark, aware that we were in for a long day. The original plan had been to walk up the Glen Nevis Gorge, dump our things and to climb a few of … Continue reading Day 2: Lower Nevis Falls to the Steall Waterfall via the Mamores, including Sgurr an Lubhair and An Gearanach
This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. We departed on the Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston at 21.15 in the evening and were due to arrive in Fort William at 09:55 the following morning. The night passed uneventfully and we were rocked to sleep in our … Continue reading Day 1: Caledonian Sleeper from London to Fort William. The Pony Track up Ben Nevis
The following is a bit of background as to why I chose to do this walk. If you wish to skip straight to the trip report, you can use the following links: Day 1: Caledonian Sleeper London to Fort William. The Pony Track up Ben Nevis Day 2: Lower Nevis Falls to the Steall Waterfall … Continue reading Fort William to Corrour through Glen Nevis
This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. We had saved VF Michielli Strobel until last since the start of the climb is still accessible by bus outside of the tourist season, which had come to an end the day before. The route’s proximity to Cortina meant … Continue reading Grade 3 Via Ferrata Michielli Strobel – Punta Fiames
This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. Tofana de Rozes had really caught my eye on the day we had climbed at Cinque Torre. Its walls looked mesmerizing, and I doubted it would be possible to climb to the top in one day. Because of the bus … Continue reading Grade 4 Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella – Tofana de Rozes