• The Saint Didier, Turkey

    The Saint Didier, Turkey

    Only a kilometre from Antalya harbour, Turkey, hidden beneath the sparkling waters captured in millions of holiday photos, is a little-known WWII wreck.

  • Climbing Mt Hoverla, Ukraine

    Climbing Mt Hoverla, Ukraine

    I might not have got to see Mt Hoverla and the greater Carpathians in all their spectacular beauty, but I certainly did have an experience of Ukraine’s alpine country.

  • Seven Rila Lakes, Bulgaria

    Seven Rila Lakes, Bulgaria

    The Rila National Park in Bulgaria is home to one of the most famous and popular hikes in the country.

  • Diving Shipwrecks in Sozopol

    Diving Shipwrecks in Sozopol

    We jammed the cars full of diving gear, and squeezed in for the hour’s drive south from Nessebar on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. The Black Sea has a long maritime history, and we were off to spend the day diving shipwrecks in Sozopol.

  • HMS Lundy and HMS Louis, Turkey

    HMS Lundy and HMS Louis, Turkey

    Diving the gloomy waters off the Gallipoli coast in Turkey was a nervous but fascinating experience.

  • Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Wadi Rum is a 720 square kilometre protected area a little over an hour’s drive from Aqaba. it was definitely one of Jordan’s biggest drawcards for me, and I was excited to have four days to explore the place.

  • Diving the S.S. Thistlegorm, Egypt

    Diving the S.S. Thistlegorm, Egypt

    The wind was gusting over 20 knots, and the dive boat lurched in the choppy seas. Geared-up and ready, I have to admit I was feeling nervous. It didn’t seem all that long ago that I had done my first scuba dive, and now I was waiting to descend to the bottom of the Gulf…

  • Under the Red Sea, Egypt

    Under the Red Sea, Egypt

    When you’re middle-aged, and you experience something that blows your mind kid-style, it’s something to celebrate. I did something last week that left me yelling with pure joy and wonder. I went scuba diving under the Red Sea.

  • Storming Montemayor Castle, Spain

    Storming Montemayor Castle, Spain

    I had Montemayor Castle, Spain, all to myself, and although there was no view to be seen, the swirling cloud and misty rain certainly gave the place an emotive ambience.

  • Climbing La Concha, Spain

    Climbing La Concha, Spain

    With views all the way to Africa, I can honestly say that the La Concha climb near Marbella, Spain, is one of the most spectacular hikes I have ever done.

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