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The Six Foot Track

Posted on May 23, 2016

This Easter I set off with a fiddle playing friend (sadly, sans fiddle) on the Six Foot Track from Katoomba to Jenolan caves. The Blue Mountains, like Australia more generally, lack well-marked challenging walks.  It seems you can either have markings or you can have challenge, but you can’t have both. Every physically challenging walk also seems to require at least some navigating, errors dooming you to die of exposure.  The Six Foot Track is not an exception to this rule. It is incredibly well marked but lacks any real physical challenge other than those inherent in walking 45 km or so over a few days.  There are no scrambly bits or other difficulties.  Note that the map is completely unnecessary, as well as being…

Koh Yao Noi, a quiet climbing holiday in Southern Thailand

Posted on December 26, 2015

Koh Yao Noi floats in the sultry blue of Thailand’s southern Andaman Sea, a quiet little island with some great rock climbing. We caught the regular ferry over from the mainland, which is an oversized wooden long-tail laden with locals and their goods (notably, an enormous bag of raw chicken wings). It takes about an hour and is a really beautiful ride. Hundreds of island rise steeply out of the water in this area – limestone monoliths topped with abundant shaggy jungle. Many of the cliff faces are cut in at their base by the sea – from a distance (particularly at low tide) they look like so many marbles rolled carelessly into a clear, still, puddle. Compared to neighbouring islands like Phi Phi,…

Buoux and Ceuse

Posted on October 5, 2014

I like boats. There is something about sailing away into the (literal) sunset that just seems so right. It’s even better when you’ve sailed away (a little sadly) from Corsican paradise and you end up in a tiny, rambling Provençal village bowered with flowers, holding hands with your lover and waiting for delightful friends. We were meeting the French Chef and the Irish Yogini, a sunshine-y couple I had met in Nepal on my yoga course. We were to stay in their family summer house. If you just let your mind wander to the subject of honey coloured homes in Provence, bathed in the lavender light of the long twilight and you’ve probably got an excellent idea of their place. That first evening we…

Mother’s Garden

Posted on March 11, 2014

We came to Mother’s Garden via a Belgian wedding. Our Belgian friends from Brisbane invited us to their gorgeous wedding (with a real castle! and horses! and a woodland princess gown! and the best beer in the world!). While we were frolicking in the happy bubble that is a white wedding we got talking to a Belgian girl and her Chilean husband who live in Spain near Barcelona. We had one of those instant ‘ping! I like you’ moments and were very pleased when we were invited to come and say hello when we got down to Spain. Several months later we finally crossed the southern French border and a few more weeks later we (mostly I) had had quite enough of freezing to…