Snow Leopard Diaries: Chasing Ghosts

Snow Leopard Diaries: Chasing Ghosts

A QUEST TO FIND THE RARE AND ELUSIVE SNOW LEOPARD Day #1 – 22 September Chris and I are sitting in the courtyard of our guesthouse in Leh, the high altitude capital of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya. It’s 2pm and we should have been on the road by now.  But all tourists require a […]

Snow Leopards: In Search of the Grey Ghost

Snow Leopards: In Search of the Grey Ghost

Three years ago I climbed a 5000m pass in the Indian Himalaya looking for snow leopards. I struggled with the altitude and each deep breath I took felt raspy on my throat as I drew in the cold, arid air of the high altitude desert that is the Markha Valley in Ladakh. The higher I went the more difficult […]

Things To Do In Barcelona – Bon dia, ens n’anem

Things To Do In Barcelona – Bon dia, ens n’anem

There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona, arguably one of Spain’s most vibrant cities.  This strident city is a  heady mix of Catalan culture, art, architecture, food and bustling city streets that are brimful of cafes, tapas bars and eclectic shopping. There is art on every street from the unmistakable form of Gaudi’s architecture to the […]

Things to Do in Paris (No Eiffel Towers here)

Things to Do in Paris  (No Eiffel Towers here)

So you’ve been in Paris for a few days. You have managed to fight through the tourist hordes at the Louvre  to get your selfie with Mona Lisa. You have queued for three hours at the Eiffel Tower to sit at the top with a view over all of Paris and sip expensive cheap champagne from a […]

Khardung La: Driving the World’s Highest Motorable Road

Khardung La: Driving the World’s Highest Motorable Road

The Khardung La: “Surely the gods must live here, this is no place for men.” Rudyard Kipling We have reached an impasse.  Neither of us can move forward. The large, camouflage patterned army truck will not and cannot retreat. Our driver puts our car in reverse and, without breaking a sweat, slowly backs it up […]

Urban Tribes: Street Photography India

Urban Tribes: Street Photography India

“If there is one place on the face of this Earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when Man began the dream of existence, it is India. “ Romain Rollan, French Philosopher On my last trip to India in 2013 we visited the Amber Fort just outside […]

Trekking New Zealand -3 Epic Walks Anyone Can Do

Trekking New Zealand -3 Epic Walks Anyone Can Do

“There’s only one word for New Zealand – EPIC!” Bear Grylls Once we decided we were going to spend our summer break trekking New Zealand the obvious question was “Where?”  New Zealand has an array of spectacular multi-day walks – think Routeburn, the rugged Rees-Dart track, the picturesque Abel-Tasman coastal track, and the Milford Track, probably the most […]

Christchurch: Post-Apocalypse

Christchurch: Post-Apocalypse

Christchurch has an image problem. On the 22nd February 2011 this most English of New Zealand cities was devastated by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. The statistics are sobering: 181 people died as a result of the quake, a large proportion of whom were international students 116 of those who perished were in killed in the […]

Salaam Baalak: Salute the Child

Salaam Baalak: Salute the Child

the Salaam baalak trust: Helping the street children of delhi The heat is stifling in the yellow Ambassador taxi. I can feel beads of sweat trickle down my back as we crawl through the congested New Delhi traffic. The air-conditioning doesn’t work and the four windows are wound down with the hope of some ventilation. The air […]