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Re: Walking in England: The Kennet & Avon Canal

Mac ·
A lovely blog PM delightful to read your 'take' on the canals. We have a very active canal restoration group working in our area - the Stroudwater Canal. They have a virtual lifetime's work ahead of them to complete the ambitious projects that they have underway - but they are making progress!
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Re: Walking in England: The Kennet & Avon Canal

PHeymont ·
I've enjoyed canoeing and walking on some of our eastern canals (Chesapeake and Potomac, Delaware and a couple of others) but unfortunately we don't seem to have kept serious stretches in shape for either shipping or recreation as has happened in England and France...too bad for us! Looks like a lovely walk...
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Re: Walking in England: The Kennet & Avon Canal

Dgems ·
WOW that brings back memories......makes me want to go back to England ! Thanks for the pleasant journey!
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Re: Walking in England: The Kennet & Avon Canal

Travel Rob ·
Wow, such a cool walking trip! I have to take one of these canal walks now!
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
England is covered with thousands of miles of man made Canals. They were the Highways of the Industrial Revolution. Carrying Cotton, Coal, Timber all over the country. The boats they used were pulled by horses which walked along the tow path. Every mile or two you'll find a pub to stop and relax. Maybe a meal too. I love walking by the canals. Back to nature and peaceful. LEEDS TO LIVERPOOL CANAL. This is Haskayne. 8 miles north of Liverpool.
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Re: Walking in England

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for bringing walking in England to my attention. I have been walking more when I travel (beteen cities,from the airport. etc and have found out its very hard or impossible walking in and out of some places. I gave up trying to get out of CDG airport on foot one trip. Walking does give you a totally different perspective,thats for sure.
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Re: Walking in England

DrFumblefinger ·
Like you, I love to explore places on foot. I live next to one of the greatest wilderness places in the world, the Canadian Rockies, so this is where I like to hike. It's never been about speed or conquest, though I do love to make it to the top of a pass or ridge simply because the views are so fantastic. It's about the journey. I never walk without my camera and love to stop for photos, or to watch a doe and fawn, or some quail hurrying to shelter. Often I've shared these photos on this...
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
Here's a walk that fits the bill DrF !! Follows the peaks of hills and mountains that will take you to Hadrian's Wall. 256 Miles of wilderness. http://penninewayassociation.co.uk/the-route
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Re: Walking in England

DrFumblefinger ·
Sounds fascinating, GarryRF, but also hard work. Would likely take about 3-4 weeks to complete, time I just don't have right now.....
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
Just a tease DrF ! But many of those walkways that follow the canals are suitable for travellers on bicycles and the bonus is there is no hills ! Thousands of Europeans see it as an alternate style of vacation.
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Re: Walking the Buffalo

PHeymont ·
Thanks! this is fascinating; most people I know who have gone to China have been with organized groups, or on teacher tours, so their experience was very different from this. What drew you to that particular area? I'm also curious to know whether the farms you encountered were individual holdings, or whether there is still an active collective agriculture in areas like this.
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Re: Walking the Buffalo

DrFumblefinger ·
I really enjoyed these beautiful photos -- especially the one of the woman cooling down her buffalo! -- and your story of this place. What a great destination! I do enjoy rafting, but don't believe those rafts were made for me. I'll take the inflatable American variety, thanks very much.
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Re: Walking the Buffalo

PortMoresby ·
Pheymont, it was the iconic landscape that attracted me to the area. The tulou in Fujian were the impetus for the trip and when I realized that the area I'd admired for so long, originally in scroll paintings, was relatively close to Xiamen and between there and another intended destination, the cross-border overnight train from Nanning to Hanoi, it was on. As you've likely surmised, my trips tend to be longer than the average tour-traveling visitor and my curiosity such that packages are...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
I've often advised travelers with jam-packed itineraries to step back and leave themselves time to take a walk in a park or sit there a while, experiencing what the locals see and do. That is absolutely excellent advice. I hope that most people were wise enough to take your advice. Many of my best trip memories are made of such stuff. Thank you so much, PHeymont, for this walk in the park. It is just what my jangled nerves needed today.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I suspect a walk in the park is a habit acquired over time and familiarity with a place. I have a feeling, too, that the urge to go at top speed is the initial and overriding one. Or is it years and not travel experience that slows us down enough for such places to finally come into focus? Looking back over the decades I think maybe it's the latter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I do think people's perspectives and priorities change with time. For example, I care little about a bar or nightlife scene in most of my destinations nowadays; that mattered more to me when I was much younger. I have always loved walking in parks because of the beautiful gardens, etc. But I think i'm much more into people watching in these places than I used to be. One of my favorite places to visit is the provincial park a short block from my home. It's grand to go for a walk in it, see...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
Maybe travel advice of the very concrete sort then, hotels, trains, etc. is the most satisfying for all concerned. A suggestion to slow down just may not compute, something for each of us to discover on our own. So PHeymont may be preaching to the choir...may he continue.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Good advice is good advice. People can accept it or ignore it. I'm all for freedom of choice. But sometimes an alternative needs to be presented in a clear way, as PHeymont has nicely done in this piece.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I don't disagree. Just pointing out the nature of human beings and, like world peace, we can wish for it while not actually expecting everyone to join in. But lessons are learned from war too and how would we feel about every tourist in town flocking to OUR park.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
I've mentioned in other pages that I love wide open spaces - like the State Delaware Park - but the designer of New York Central Park rung a Bell with me. Frederick Olmsted came to Liverpool to check out the "Peoples Garden" and he wrote in 1850 : "Five minutes of admiration, and a few more spent studying the manner in which art had been employed to obtain from nature so much beauty, and I was ready to admit that in democratic America there was nothing to be thought of as comparable with...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
It is clear that the "dumb" animals always seem to know the best places to hang out. We can never have enough parks. Nice to read that Frederick Olmsted also knew a good park when he saw one. Thanks for that info GarryRF
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Garry's note about Olmsted's travels (and he was quite a traveler) set me off on a quick look to find the park he was referring to (which I didn't; apparently "people's garden" was a description rather than a name?) and found that Liverpool has more parks and especially top-class parks than any British city besides London. The article also mentioned that for reasons of health—and keeping social unrest down—the city commissioners set out on a park-building spree starting about 1833. Many...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Even a certain similarity of shape...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
Another Park from the 1850s. People would escape Liverpool for the day and travel north to Hesketh Park. 20 minutes on the train. This is taken in Mid-Winter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Grouchy Gumbo: The last pic is of my cousin Priscilla, who lives in Prospect Park. I see that you gave her a little gnosh. Not that she needs it. She seems to be putting on a little extra "winter coat" this year. She has a fine home. I would really like to visit the park sometime. Grouchy, I'm curious how a squirrel manages long distance travel to visit relatives. Maybe you can enlighten us mere mortals.
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Re: Walking Tours in Andalusia

JohnT ·
Hi Pheymont I wouldn't worry about the wine and tapas portion. Things are really inexpensive her, and the tapas has been universally good. It's easy to get three or four tapas to share and a couple of glasses of wine for 15 Euro. As for the tours, we didn't take any, but I think for one day in Cordoba it would be a good idea because I think that day may feel really busy. For Sevilla, I have a mixed opinion, I really love to wonder around, get lost and then navigate my way out...but thats...
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Re: Walking Tours in Andalusia

PHeymont ·
Thanks so much! We're also the wanderers, but in a new city we sometimes find a walking tour is useful either for orientation upfront, or to clear up questions about things we've noticed. The wine and tapas tour is semi on the radar more for the opportunity to meet new people than to have a drink and a snack. Picking those things carefully, we've been able to have time with other travelers from other countries (not always English-speaking). I'm looking forward to our trip...your pictures are...
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Re: Walking Tours in Andalusia

JohnT ·
Hi Pheymont Try this: Naturanda.com The gentleman's name is David Guillen Garrido. We took a tour of Italica with he and a lovely young lady today. It turned out to be a private tour and we were very impressed. They will do other tours as well. I think we will try them for Triana and are trying to organize something for Baelo Claudia as well.
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Re: Walking Tours in Andalusia

PHeymont ·
Thanks so much...just the kind of info I need!
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Re: New Orleans Winter Walking

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! I especially love your last photograph!
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Re: New Orleans Winter Walking

HistoryDigger ·
Thank you. Laura Plantation is at the top of my places to visit and revisit.
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Re: New Orleans Winter Walking

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a beautiful hike, Whitney! I dislike the heat and humidity of New Orleans' summer, but this time of year sounds inviting and it's obviously charming! And while it's cold, winter is also beautiful. Here's a photo from my favorite place to hike, a 1 minute walk from my home, Fish Creek Provincial Park. We hike here along the Bow River in all four seasons, including winter. Snow slows you a little but it's not that deep as a rule. If it gets icy, you use microspikes.
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Re: British "Ramblers" celebrate 80 years

PortMoresby ·
I'm familiar with the Ramblers, having once spent a few days walking with a member of the local Oxfordshire group and why there are pictures of me here . But I learned something new when I clicked on this link from the 80th anniversary article posted, that I'm "collecting" the Thames Path and the Kennet & Avon Canal. I hadn't known there was a term for what I was doing, silly me. There's a word, I'm sure, for everything and I'm thrilled to now know what I've been up to. I guess the good...
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Re: British "Ramblers" celebrate 80 years

DrFumblefinger ·
I guess collecting a walk is sort of like bagging a peak. Good for the Ramblers. They've certainly put the name to better use than American Motors did with its car series.
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Re: British "Ramblers" celebrate 80 years

PHeymont ·
Or, we could forget the bloated attempts, like the 1963 model you posted, to look like everyone else, and quietly remember the "little Nash Rambler" that not only invented the modern compact, but also beat out the Cadillac in the famous song (this YouTube version also has some great Rambler pics...)
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Re: British "Ramblers" celebrate 80 years

PortMoresby ·
I'll dispute the analogy that collecting a walk is anything like bagging a peak. The latter, if I'm not mistaken, is done in one go, whereas collecting is done over time. I think that makes it sort of the opposite, although one could argue the similarity of putting one foot in front of the other. I'm sure some wandering Brit will happen by and correct one or both of us. Mac?
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Re: British "Ramblers" celebrate 80 years

DrFumblefinger ·
I am not a mountain climber but know folks who are. The analogy is the target, the planning, the goal, as much as getting it done. Peaking a mountain is often not done all at once. If one takes the example of Mt. Everest, it is often at least a 2 month process. Flying into Kathmandu, arranging supplies, heading to the Khumbu, making one's way to the mountain, settling in at base camp, doing initial ascents on the mountain to acclimatize, etc. etc. And most important of all is getting down...
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Re: British "Ramblers" celebrate 80 years

PortMoresby ·
I'd consider the analogy a sound one if the climbers of Everest went home between sections of the climb, then returned to where they left off a month or a year later for the next section. And beyond the timing, as you say, for climbers the point is largely getting to the top, "conquering", and I suppose the journey as part of it. But for most "ramblers", walkers, the point is actually putting one foot in front of the other along the path and when or if they finish it is largely beside the...
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

PHeymont ·
One more snowman...accidentally omitted from last week's blog.
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

IslandMan ·
What a rare treat, PH. Great set of pictures
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

PortMoresby ·
This is great. My Istanbul-phile friends are going to love it. Link sent.
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

GarryRF ·
I was in Turkey last May. Watching the evening shows in the outdoor theatre was really cold. The hotel staff came out with blankets for those without a heavy coat . You can buy any make of watch for under $10 ! Best Golf courses I've seen and all reasonably priced. The Montgomery Golf course was excellent. Look for Belek as an alternate place to stay. I really enjoyed it !
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Re: The Snowmen of Istanbul

DrFumblefinger ·
Always fun to see someone making the best of a less than ideal circumstance! The snowmen are great fun! Thanks for sharing them.
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Re: Eating our way through Istanbul (part 1)

IslandMan ·
Looks totally delicious, PHeymont...I love a good food tour..
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Re: Eating our way through Istanbul (part 1)

Mytraveledroad ·
The food looks totally amazing. This is such a great idea trying local food.
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Re: Eating our way through Istanbul (part 1)

GarryRF ·
As you've probably seen on this and other Travel Blogs, travellers like to seek out the food and drink they get back home. But you've missed out on half the fun of travelling. Its great to find something that you want to include in your day to day list of essentials back home. I tried so many unknown desserts each day in Turkey last year - and by 5 pm - I was ready to burst. But what a day full of surprises . I was fortunate to be in an All Inclusive Hotel. The Hotel Restaurant had an in...
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

DrFumblefinger ·
It's an amazing story, Huw, with beautiful photographs that really made me feel part of your travel experience. I love your sense of adventure. Thanks for sharing this special place with all of us! Are there any polar bears in Greenland? And if so, what precautions would a hiker take. One last question. How heavy was your backpack when you started this journey. The weight of food alone must have been substantial.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the detailed info, Huw. I find it interesting and helpful. One last question. Do you use trekking poles when you hike/backpack?
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part II – Western Greenland on Foot!

Racing_snake ·
Hi, yes I do. Very handy for crossing rivers with a big pack and they certainly take a bit of a load off your legs. I find I quickly get into my rhythm and can then keep my steady pace going. I would definitely recommend them. One unusual use for them last year was to fend off a deranged arctic fox that came into 'goose camp' 8 times and was trying to bite team members. I have video to edit and stills to post yet! Looks a little comical as it was little bigger than a domestic cat but serious...
 
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