Maine Life

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park Did you know...? Mount Desert Island was formed by glacial movement, which began about 30,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Bar Harbor has just around 5,000 year-round residents, but the neighbouring Acadia National Park sees up to 3 million tourists a year. A single cruise ship docked in … Continue reading Maine Life

Iceland: a post from the road

“Summer” is an abstract thought in Iceland. As I write this, the wind is blowing with a chill of five degrees Celsius, just over 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s the fourth of August. I’m looking out over the expanse of the Highlands – the lesser-visited central region of the island – while the wind does … Continue reading Iceland: a post from the road

Parlez-vous français? Honeymoon week 1: France

"When you're in France, speak french," the officer said to me, his hair slicked back, eyes narrowed, looking like the corrupt character in a French crime novel. I did my best to convey our situation: "oui, monsieur...notre voiture - elle était garée, maintenant elle est partie..." Our car, which we had parked just up the … Continue reading Parlez-vous français? Honeymoon week 1: France

The importance of spending a week, barefoot, in South African sand

On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi... On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi. It is the ideal escape, hours from civilisation, across the semi-tropical coastline. Disclaimer: if you dislike finding sand in … Continue reading The importance of spending a week, barefoot, in South African sand