Learning scuba diving in Portugal

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.

Top things to do in Alnwick, Northumberland

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.

An A to Z of reasons to visit the Netherlands

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.

How to photograph the northern lights

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

Visiting Joya de Cerén in El Salvador

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.

Things to do in South Shields

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.