Magical Morning to Montenvers, Chamonix

Having spent a spectacular morning yesterday 3,000 metres dizzily high in the mountains at Aguille Du Midi, and not to mention my mildly embarrassing fainting episode from altitude sickness that has been the centre of all jokes, today was a slow and relaxed kind of day. Every day I spend in Chamonix begins with the thought of how charming this little alpine town is, and even though it's February, it still feels ...

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Food diary in Nozawa Onsen

Aside from mountain snow sports and soaking in the natural hot springs, Nozawa Onsen has a wonderful understated food scene that remains for the most part untouched by the western world and strongly connected to local traditions. It’s a welcome change from the ever growing presence of fast food we experienced in Tokyo city.  In the centre of the village is a hot spring reserved solely for the locals, for boiling ...

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Beginner Skiing at Nozawa Onsen Resort

Earlier this year Derek and I spent a week of skiing at a tiny Japanese mountain village called Nozawa Onsen. It feels like a life time ago now but it was a wonderful holiday with aspects of complete unfamiliarity like nude bathing in an onsen and fumbling our way through the country with our limited Japanese knowledge relying on a small pocketbook dictionary. Skiing was by far the most memorable ...

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Staying on a farm in Porongurup

We spent a couple of nights in the great southern town of Porongurup, four and a half hours drive south of Perth. The day before our departure it was a sunny 34 degrees but as we arrived into the region we seemed to have brought along all of rain! Our plans of hiking the ranges and cycling around the town of Albany were quickly halted as hail storms lashed Perth and ...

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