Ten surprising facts about Amsterdam
Facades are fiercely protected - this one is being re-built from behind.

Ten surprising facts about Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city full of surprises - here are ten things you might not know about it: A million people live within the city limits and there are as…

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Three Days in Amsterdam – Day 1

It is always a thrill when a flight drops you instantly into somewhere new.  When there is no length to the journey though, the contrast between home and your destination…

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Accommodation Review – Posada El Corcal de Liébana
Posada el Corcal de Liébana Picos de Europa

Accommodation Review – Posada El Corcal de Liébana

The Posada el Corcal de Liébana nestles beneath the beautiful Picos mountains and provides guests with the warmest of welcomes and Spanish hospitality.  The rooms are clean and comfortable with…

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Wildflower Walking – Picos de Europa
Picos de Europa

Wildflower Walking – Picos de Europa

Colletts delivered a well organised holiday giving good attention to detail whilst maintaining a relaxed approach.  You can opt for all transport to be included in your package which leaves you…

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Mountain Heaven in the Picos de Europa
Globularia Ripens and Helianthemum oleandicum ssp. piloselloides - shot at at F22.

Mountain Heaven in the Picos de Europa

I wonder if there is any better way to spend a week of a what is a short life than wandering at a gentle pace in warm, sunny weather through acres of alpine meadows filled with spring flowers and framed by snow capped mountains?  Add to that a background sound track of jays, chiff-chaffs, cuckoos and cow bells and some very good company and you have, in my view, the recipe for a perfect trip..   The Spring flower season here is short but spectacular – there are around three weeks between 20th May and 7th June when the mountains burst into life with a wide array of colourful alpine plants.  You can see at least 170 different plants (the number featured in Mountain Flowers, Pyrenees and Picos by Cliff Booker and David Charlton) including some stunning orchids and a number of plants that grow only in this region, making sitings extra special.  Meadows jam packed full of orchids that would be protected as a site of special interest and attract numerous visitors back home in the UK are laid out here seemingly  just for you.  On the majority of our walks in the Picos this week, we saw no-one on other than the group we were walking with.  Click on ​read more to see the photos …

 

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Hiking the Lake District in Springtime
Derwent Water - Spring sunshine and swathes of daffodils

Hiking the Lake District in Springtime

.A lovely couple of days spent hiking in the Lake District brought swathes of yellow daffodils, some interesting fauna and some smashing views.  A week later and the whole place…

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