A personal odyssey within western Shropshire and Mid-Wales

Shrewsbury Castle & Shropshire Regimental Museum Picturesque side streets of Shrewsbury The remaining features of the 11th century Clun Castle. The more manorial 13th century Stokesay Castle Bucolic examples of Shropshire countryside straight from the pages of A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad Welshpool's Powis Castle, gardens, and surroundings The Powys-based, man-made, and almost Bohinj-like…

Kobla ski resort must seek relevance and a realistic rebirth

It is several years, perhaps half a decade ago, since I last wrote about the proposed Bohinj 2864 ski centre, an ambitious project to not only reactivate the redundant Kobla 'resort' above Bohinjska Bistrica, but to develop it into a Tirol-type winter sports' destination that are ten-a-penny in neighbouring Austria. Slovenia has never sought to…

Hotel Zlatorog: Decline, fall, and rebirth

The imminent demolition of Bohinj's iconic Hotel Zlatorog is now the best and realistically only course of action available to an ailing edifice left to wither on the vine by its previous owner. Once favoured by Marshal Tito as a bucolic setting in which to receive fellow Non-Aligned and Communist leaders when Slovenia formed the…

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, Sardoncillo, Valladolid, Spain

Nestled within north-western Spain wine country, a truly five-star experience awaits those staying in this former 12th century abbey. Opened in 2012, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine offers sophisticated, contemporary accommodation and attentive service within natural surroundings as luxuriant as this converted former home of Premonstratensian Order canons. Guests staying in the 27 rooms and 3 suites, many…

The Internet of Things(IoT) revolution will only be limited by any failures to secure end user data

Such has been its runaway success and the seemingly endless possibilities of its application, future developments within the Internet of Things(IoT) sphere of interrelated connectivity were unlikely to be disrupted by an unprecedented pandemic which has arguably future proofed its purpose to control devices not previously thought of as ripe for ‘internetization’. As tentative steps…

Saalbach Hinterglemm retrospective

My final alpine retrospective turns to Saalbach Hinterglemm, where skiing doesn't get in the way of partying through the winter months, whilst mountain bikers and hikers seek an uneasy coexistence during the summertime. As is common with many of my initial visits to resorts in the mountains, the first impressions I gained of Saalbach and…