A Travellerspoint blog

May 2017

February 2016 to 2017

Where we Travelled

We started our 5 year plan of travelling, in February 2016. We emptied our home, sold the car, rented the house, packed 2 main bags and 2 day bags and started our first trip.

It's only after a year of travelling and meeting people from different backgrounds and places asking us: how they could follow us? do we have a blog? a website? etc, that we finally decided to start one (blog I mean).

We have a Facebook page and sent travel logs via email to our friends and family during the first year of our travels. But we are not going to re-create them on this blog. If anyone is interested to know the details of our travels, let us know via message and we will provide it.

Where have we been then in 2016? this is a list of countries we have visited:

  • Canada (Alberta, British Columbia)
  • New Zealand
  • New Caledonia
  • Check Republic
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Cuba

In between long travels we come back to the UK and France to see Family and Friends, have the odd doctor and dentist appointment, but also we take these opportunities to explore the UK, which we have to admit we don't know very well.

Now you can have a better idea of what we have been up to in the past year and a bit. We hope to keep traveling for a least another 4 years and if health and finance allow it longer.

MAd4travel

Anne & Malcolm

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Wales - April & May 2017

Route: Isle of Anglesey - Dyffryn Ardudwy - Snowdonia National Park


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North Wales, two weeks at the end of April – start of May, warm and sunny every day and no rain. Impossible, or so we thought, no its true, we have just experienced it. So lucky.
Wales is a country within a country. It has his own parliament, its own language and flag, everything is written in both Welsh and English. It also has it's own border: Offa's Dyke. It's a great frontier earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia from 757 to 796 A.D. It gives its name to a long distance footpath, one of Britain's National Trails, which runs from Sedbury, near Chepstow, to Prestatyn through the varied and little-frequented landscapes of the Welsh Marches.

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Our two weeks started with a few days on the Isle of Anglesey, an island off the north west coast of Wales. Anglesey is a bit different to the rest of north Wales, its much flatter and feels more remote. We spent a couple of days touring the island, exploring the best it had to offer, which included the town with the longest name in Britain (and probably the world) - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
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See the itinerary of this trip, and details about each destination.


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Back on the mainland, we based ourselves in a loft apartment, on a farm and in the small town of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Dyffryn Ardudwy sits on the north west coast of Wales and on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

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The English name for the area derives from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 3,560 ft (1,085 m). In Welsh, the area is named Eryri. A commonly held belief is that the name is derived from eryr ("eagle"), and thus means 'the abode/land of eagles but recent evidence is that it means quite simply Highlands, and is related to the Latin oriri (to rise).
From here we explored Snowdonia thoroughly, hiking in every part of the park, including a climb to the summit of Mount Snowdon via the Pyg trail to go up and down the Miners Trail for the ones who have done it before.

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More photos of other hikes in Snowdonia National Park, including one which took us back through time and along an old slate mine.

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We did also get involved with the history and culture. Visits to Castles, Archaeological sites and learning a few welsh words were all part of the Wales experience.

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North Wales looked at its very best during our stay, spring flowers adding colour to the hills and mountains and the sunshine to show them off to the best effect, lambs and sheep adding white dots behind a background of green fields, birds coming back to spend the summer .

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Personal Observation

We were surprised how many people speak Welsh in their daily conversations.

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Slovenia: March-April 2017

Route: Ljubljana – Cerknica – Mokronog – Kebelj – Bohinjska Bistrica

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Ten days of socialising in the UK, then it was off to Slovenia. A small country with a population of 2 million situated in southeast Europe and sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia.

Right from the taxi ride from the airport we felt we would like this country. We shared a taxi with three Slovenian, who were extra friendly and very proud of their country. They gave us information about the country, where to go, what to see and how to pronounce some basic Slovenian words (although almost everyone speaks English and many very well). Then to top a perfect evening, our apartment in Ljubljana was fantastic; spacious, comfortable, well equipped and with great views over the city. We had three days in Ljubljana and were able to explore its beautiful old town, hill top castle and central park – Tivoli Park. In addition to this, we took advantage of our fantastic apartment to relax.
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Having picked up our hire car we headed west to the picturesque village of Cerknica, which would be home for the next 8 nights. The route to Cerknica took us through valleys, up into the mountains and past many tiny hamlets. Our accommodation in Cerknica was just as impressive as that in Ljubljana. The apartment was just out of town, on a hill, and with magnificent views over the village and valley beyond.

It was during our stay in Cerknica that we really noticed just how beautiful Slovenia was, something we were reminded of during the rest of the trip. From our Cerknica base we were able to do lots of activities.

First off it was a visit to the Adriatic coast and the town of Piran. Nestled at the foot of a cliff and with more than a passing resemblance to Venice, this was Slovenia’s own bit of Italy.
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Trips to the vineyards of the Vipava valley, personal tour of a mercury mine in Idrija, the disappearing lake of Cerknica (the rock bottom is so porous at times it is Slovenia’s largest lake and at other times its their smallest) and Predjama castle set in the rock face of a mountain, were all to follow. But the excitement didn’t stop there. We still had time to hike in Rakov Skocjan, a beautiful gorge with the Rak River running through it, Bear watching from a hide deep in the forest (although we didn’t see any bears, the setting was amazing, just the sound of nature and us) and finally the Krizna Cave.
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The Krizna Cave was something a bit special. This was a private tour just us a two guides, where we ventured deep into the cave, crossing 13 underground lakes with varying chamber sizes, either on foot or by boat and with just the light from our helmet torches to guide us. It was an amazing four-hour adventure.
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From Cerknica we travelled 100km east, through more stunning scenery, to our next destination of Mokronog. Our accommodation in Ljubljana was great, and then Cerknica topped it, it couldn’t get much better, but in Mokronog it did, descriptions couldn’t do it justice only the photo’s can. The apartment was located outside of town with great views of the surrounding countryside. We had six days here, and spent it either hiking in the surrounding hills or soaking up the history with visits to castles and other ancient monuments. As with the area around Cerknica, this part of the country had some stunning scenery and most of the time we had it to ourselves.
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Our next location was even further east and more remote. Our apartment, another very nice one, was in a small village called Kebelj and situated in the Pohorje Mountains. Activities here were pretty much the same as Mokronog. Although one of the hikes was from a ski station high up in the Pohorje Mountains and still had some snow on the ground for us to negotiate. We also visited a floating mill, where the river current drives paddles to generate power. Nothing so different about that you may say; but the difference is, the power plant floats on the river and can be moved to harness the strongest current. Power is transmitted to the mill by what looks like a very big rubber band.
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From living up in the mountains, our next location was in a valley at the foot of some, in fact Slovenia’s highest mountain range, the Triglav. Yet again the apartment was great, albeit smaller than the previous four, located on the edge of the small town of Bohinjska Bistrica. This was a week of hiking up mountains, through gorges and around lakes, and once again the weather was great and scenery awesome.
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And that was it, four amazing weeks in Slovenia. A country so diverse and so compact, it suited us completely. Probably our favourite European destination, so far.

Personal Observations

Pedestrians only crossed when they have a green light even when there is NO traffic at all. You wait for the green man.

The water in every lake and waterway was crystal clear, even when they run through the bigger cities and towns.

Recycling is mandatory. Every household must sort their waste and all public bins have recyclable options.

It seems that spring and autumn are the best time to visit Slovenia, before and after the hot summer and the tourists have arrived. I think we will come back in the autumn next.

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