Want to escape without flying, to sit on the train in the early morning, open your favourite read occasionally glancing at the North Sea? The island of Texel awaits you, as does your bike. Sandy beaches, dunes covered with heather fields, an historical lighthouse, rich populations of birds and seals… The scenery is set for a week of change and iodine.
When you think of the Canary Islands, the first impression that comes to mind is probably that of a seaside holiday and winter mass tourism. This is the case in some islands however others offer very beautiful landscapes and ways of life.
Like El Hierro, for example – a mixture of rurality and modern technology gives this island a very special character. We discovered a passionate guide who makes the best of your stay combining guided hikes and visits. In following his footsteps, El Hierro will reveal all its mysteries to you.
Whether you prefer the mountain to the sea, or vice versa, or like both, Croatia has a lot to offer: explore its magnificent National Parks or take a walk along the rivers, cruise from island to island from Pula to Dubrovnik (over a thousand islands!), from one cultural wonder to another, from one century to another, from one landscape to another, and from one piece of history to another. Whether you are looking for active travel, relaxation or cultural visits, Croatia has it for you.
Vietnam has much to offer; a trip to this country has many magical facets. Stroll through the rice fields of the north, meditate on the shores of Hạ Long Bay or cruise on its waters, marvel at the imperial city of Huế, drift along the Mekong, take a cooking class… or seclude yourself on an heavenly island. Vietnam is a country to be savoured and enjoyed without end.
Myanmar is an irresistible country with its great cultural richness, however it can also rouse a negative response with its well-known internal political situation. Majestic sites like Bagan, Inle Lake, or Mandalay; a multitude of ethnicities that can be found along peaceful backroads; beautiful temples: all this invites you to this meditative journey. By spending your money in its local economy you will help support this friendly population and encourage further the recent political changes.
One thing is certain, you must definitely go to Myanmar.
Bhutan, isolated both geographically and politically, is fascinating. Its perpetual quest for preservation of its cultural heritage coupled with that of the happiness of its inhabitants make the country seem a miraculous citadel which the stressed West looks upon with envy. There are many ways to discover Bhutan, depending on your desires – walking, biking, relaxing, hiking, mountains, countryside, or culture. It is a journey that should be prepared for well in advance. It is like a tasting menu that, once experienced, gives a burning desire to try it again.
The initial shock of Havana, with its first delights: its old city, its markets, its nightly impromptu concerts, its small restaurants. For those with rhythm in their soul, a Salsa dance class awaits you, for others a percussion class, or both! Let the atmosphere of Havana seep into you to get the best out of this trip. Then onto Viñales and Trinidad to explore what they have to offer, then head north to Varadero and its chilled atmosphere. And finally back to Havana for a last concert!
Encounter Bolivian culture in all its forms: hectic in La Paz, ancient and mysterious at Lake Titicaca with the vestiges of the Tiwanaku civilization and contemporary with the inhabitants of the floating islands, the salt workings, only means of survival around the Salar flat, and finally explore the Altiplano and its natural wonders. Stay a few more days and immerse yourself in the colonial cities of Sucre and Potosi.
Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark… So many islands, so many little wonders to explore, on foot or by bike, with a local guide or on your own. Observation, history, customs, ideal places for contemplation, a distinctive archipelago, a little world not far off the coast of France.