A unique village in the Japanese Alps

The bus to Shirakawa-Go in the Japanese Alps wasn’t covered by our JR pass and cost us a whopping £30 each for a return ticket. It only took 50 minutes to reach the UNESCO village along empty roads and lots of tunnels. It began raining as we arrived and wasn’t the best weather but when…

Finding another hidden gem in The Philippines

We hired a motor bike to visit some beaches around El Nido and headed north to Nacpan Beach. The last 5km were dirt roads and quite nasty but nothing my chauffeur, I mean Craig, couldn’t handle. Unlike some other backpackers we saw who toppled sideways on some soft sand. It explains all the bandaged right…

Finding our own hidden paradise in The Philippines

It takes a bit of effort to reach true paradise but we were certainly rewarded with a place that we will never forget. From Boracay we spent a whole day crossing Panay island and onto Negros island pitching up for the night and eating the local specialty of bbq chicken. When we asked the waitress…

Tight roping along rice terraces and crazy transport

We set off on an early morning jeepney to Bontoc. One thing we’ve been seeing in this area is locals sat on the roof of the jeepneys or top-loading as its called here. So I asked the driver if we could go on the top and he was more than happy for us to. It…

The Diaolou towers of Kaiping, China

After the beautiful Li River region we were a little shocked to find ourselves in such a busy city. Guangzhou was heaving! Maybe this was the real China and we’ve been really lucky enjoying the calmness of the rest of the country. We got a bus to Kaiping a couple hours south west to take…

Two hooligans cycling around West Lake

It was time to leave Shanghai so we got back on Harmony the super fast train and headed south to Hangzhou, said to be one of the most famous sites in China. When we got off the metro we had a complete change of scenery, we walked through an area of street stalls and everyone…

Exploring Shanghai

We started our day with a delicious coffee at our hostel with the zen garden and trickling pond in front of us and then headed onto the very easy to follow metro line to East Nanjing Road. It’s a huge pedestrianised road with a variety of shops and eateries. We followed it down to The…

Quaint villages and quirky cafés in France

After the festive markets we drove north to Vitre. The town looked like a movie set; wonky half timbered houses were leaning towards the narrow alley and slanting down the roads. Roofs were rickety and all various shapes and sizes. We followed some cobbled lane ways and arrived in front of a huge gothic chateau….

Tapas, Churros and Crazy Bulls

Pamplona is home to the San Fermin festival, otherwise known as ‘The Running Of The Bulls’. It all takes place in summer, along with the animal rights version of ‘Running Of The Nudes’. It’s December, so clearly we missed that boat, but it sounded like a nice city to visit and I fancied doing some…