Haliotis is a PADI-affiliated dive shop and diving school located at the north beach of the Portuguese fishing port of Peniche, 89km from Lisbon. The staff at Halitios are passionate, experienced divers and competent instructors; it’s here that I learned to dive.
It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you that counts. – Anon
“This is the closest thing we’ve got to a ritual Beatles site,” comments our guide outside of Liverpool's Strawberry Field.
Matthew Stewart is a collector with a difference. Instead of setting aside a hobby room in his house, his passion takes him out into the Scottish countryside; Stewart is a Munro bagger.
Beautifully landscaped, The Alnwick Garden was created by the Duchess of Northumberland. Highlights include a cascading fountain, a vast treehouse and the world’s largest orchard of Japanese Taihaku — flowering cherry trees. Typically, the cherry trees in Alnwick blossom in late-April or early-May.
Vincent van Gogh lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885, producing approximately a quarter of his works. It was a formative time in his development as an artist. Several of the scenes he depicted are still discernable. I found it remarkable to stand viewing buildings and landscapes knowing than Van Gogh painted at precisely the same spot.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see the northern lights in the night sky of Manitoba several times. Each time, watching the lights swirling and dancing in the darkness felt like a near spiritual experience. If you know what you’re doing, it’s possible to simultaneously view and photograph the northern lights
The site provides evidence that common people consumed chocolate more than 1,400 years ago. It was long thought that only the ruling dynasty consumed it. As we follow a path through the dense vegetation inside the gated archaeological zone, Eduardo points out a green pod hanging like a deflated rugby ball from a cacao tree. He explains that the seeds within the pod are the raw material from which chocolate is made.
India’s most southerly state, Tamil Nadu, is the home to 46km of railway that, since July 2005, holds the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Every year thousands of runners are pleased when they arrive into South Shields on the Coast Road, which skirts the North Sea’s shoreline into town, to cross the finish line of the Great North Run. No half-marathon in the world attracts more participants.