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St. Jacob’s Way: A Hike through the French Countryside

The St Jacob’s Way Hike was the perfect walking holiday for my break away from life. Like many people, I started to really feel the urge to break away and complete a long-distance walking holiday. After looking around at various options, I decided to walk the last third of the St. Jacob’s Way, which started in Chavanay and ended in Le Puy-en-Velay.   My Basic Trip Details Since this tour only takes eight days, it was perfect for the week I had off work. I booked my flight to Lyon from…

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Hadrian`s Wall – A walk through the Roman Empire in the UK

A fortification made by the Roman Empire and still exists! So you must visit Hadrian’s Wall, a master wall built from coast to coast in Britain. With 135 km, Hadrian Walls also marks the division between England and Scotland. It is the largest roman monument that still exists in England and a UNESCO Heritage site. History The wall was built as a request of the Roman emperor Hadrian in 3rd century, after his visit to Britain. The main purpose was to separate the Romans from the Barbarians. It goes from…

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Rota Vicentina Trail – A walking holiday with adventurer Barbara O’Sea

I had itchy feet and needed to step out of the dullness of Dublin in winter so I took a cheap flight to Faro on the sunny south-west coast of Portugal and walked for four glorious walking days on the Rota Vicentina trail. Rota Vicentina is a famous walking route that stretches from Porto Covo right down to Cape St. Vincent, Sagres at the very bottom tip of Portugal. Considering I only had four days left to take off from work out of my annual leave, I wanted to cover as much…

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Port Wine – discover a little more about the best wine of Portugal

Port wine is one of the best known wines of the world and it`s also produced in one of the most beautiful countries of Europe: Portugal. With warm weather and a culture so rich, Portugal leaves everyone who visits wanting to live there forever. Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal and a world heritage site by UNESCO. Located in the north of the country along Douro river, Porto has many architectural highlights and beautiful churches from Roman times. Douro Valley Although named by a city, it is not in…

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Loire Valley – chateaus, gardens and history all together

The Loire Valley is a remarkable place with an outstanding view. Built between the 10th and 15th Centuries, the chateaus were the favorite place of kings and nobles from those times. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000 due to the exceptional cultural landscape, the Loire Valley is a place of great beauty but is also known for the historical moments that happened in there. History A big number of the chateaus that belonged to King Francis I and his son Henry II. They built luxurious castles with stunning gardens as…

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The wines from Burgundy – Experience the best wines of the world

The wines from Burgundy are appreciated worldwide.  The region is one of the best wine producers in the world.  However, Burgundy is more than a wine label. Burgundy is a region located in east central France. The Capital Dijon is a lovely place full of medieval château`s, museums (and yes, the mustard is from here as well!). One of the oldest museums of Frances in Dijon (Beaux Arts Museum). Since the old times Burgundy has been a place full of history, from the Roman Empire to French kingdom and has…

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Julian Alps – A Slovenian adventure tour by Jose Fernandez

Julian Alps are situated in the north east of Slovenia, very close to Austria and Italy. It is not only a place with beautiful lakes and incredible scenarios, but it also has the mountains that inspired the Nobel Prize writer Ernest Hemingway to write the remarkable “Farewell to Arms”.  In the Julian Alps there are still remains of the World War and the trails are great for those who love trekking. My holidays in the Julian Alps were a complete success thanks to the charm of the accommodations, the warmth of the…

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Why Choose a Walking Holiday

Whether you do it for exercise, for pleasure, or to discover your spiritual self, a walking holiday is a journey you should embark upon at least once in your life. Walking holidays are becoming increasingly popular because more people are searching for something that deviates from the typical holiday of paying a visit to the Louvre or relaxing on a beach in Gran Canaria. They are searching for something more active, something more adventurous.   Benefits of a walking holiday A walking holiday allows you the opportunity to marvel at…

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Tour du Mont Blanc – daily diary of adventurer Silvia

The first time I heard about Tour du Mont Blanc I was so impressed by the possibility of walking through three different countries in only one week. So when I had the opportunity to do this adventure I was thrilled and packed everything right away. For those who do not know, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe west of the Caucasus. Also, it is the most popular long walk in Europe and a highly desirable adventure for everyone who loves hiking in a beautiful environment. The first pedestrian tour around…

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A brief explaination of the Via Francigena

What is the Via Francigena?  The Via Francigena is a walking route to Rome and has been established as the centre of Catholicism since the 1st Century when Christians arrived.  Since this time pilgrims have been making their way through various routes to visit the Eternal City. However, the route itself has changed over time and has alternate route options.   Origins  The most widely known itinerary for this route is that written by the Sigeric the Serious.  In 990 he travelled to Rome to receive his pallium and to be…

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