“They’re kind of crunchy” said Dave from Manchester as he gnaws on the scorpion tail in Beijing’s busy Night Market. He adds, “I’ve tried the spiders, I wanted to give these a try too.” Hawkers wave skewers of the live creatures, legs still struggling to get away, shouting “delicious, you try”. Steam billows from pots … More Can you be a veggie in China?
“You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall of China” is the ancient quote written at the bottom of the steps. And there are so many heroes!!!! Old ladies with tiny feet, young ladies in crazy heels, toddlers, dodderers and men with big bellies exposed like laughing Buddhas all climb the steep … More You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall of China
Breathless, with a biting wind nipping at our exposed faces and huge booming avalanches crashing down the mountains around us, we reach the 6,189m summit of Island Peak – the pinnacle of our 22-day adventure. Our trip took us on a hair-raising flight from Nepal’s colourful capital, Kathmandu, through the glacial Khumbu Valley via Everest … More Feeling on top of the world on Island Peak, Nepal
I stand looking out above the pink-hued clouds in the Aosta Valley surrounded by gnarly mountaineers and wonder when I am going to be rumbled as a fraud. The 50-bed Carrel Hut perched high on the Lion Ridge of the Matterhorn is full and I am one of just two women surrounded by 48 tough-looking guides and their clients. … More A Matterhorn Obsession
Passing machine gun placements and trenches, lookout posts and barracks, all hewn into the rock, you can only wonder at the Austro-Hungarian and Italian troops as you follow one of the easiest via ferrata routes in the Italian Dolomites – once a battlefield. … More Clipping history in the Italian Dolomites