The Tirol’s Oetztal – where social distancing is an established bonus

For those accustomed to overseas travel the last twelve months has been a time of great frustration, but also represented an opportunity to reflect on the places we have missed so much, and what makes them special to us. It is now twenty years since my first visit to the Oetztal, which served as a…

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…

Kitzbuehel retrospective

In my penultimate alpine retrospective I focus on Kitzbuehel, the chic Tirolean resort situated within its eponymously named alps. Having travelled for over 20 years to Austria's mountainous regions, predominantly throughout the Tirol but also within Salzburgerland and Carinthia, the two resorts seemingly visited by nearly everyone who insist they have stayed in the country…

Wildschoenau retrospective

There are two types of locations in the Austrian and Slovenian Alps where I naturally gravitate towards - those that offer vistas where vertiginous peaks dominate as standard, and areas where rolling countryside gives way to higher ground. Where characteristics overlap in what otherwise are very different landscapes, a feeling of not having been overdeveloped…

Zell am See retrospective

It is now several years since I last stayed in Zell am See, one of Austria's most famous lake resorts. Its proximity to Saalbach Hinterglemm and Kitzbuehel coupled with excellent public transport links have though enabled me to visit it on several occasions since. Framed by majestic peaks and on the cusp of the Tirol,…

St. Anton am Arlberg retrospective

Where the partying is hard and the skiing more so, St. Anton am Arlberg is not a winter resort for those seeking temperate early nights and gentle, undulating pistes. Between late-November and mid-April sleep is often an optional extra for travellers carousing until almost the lifts once more crank into operation, and for those frequently…

Neustift im Stubaital retrospective

It has been several years since I last ventured over the Europa Bridge towards the Stubai valley/Stubaital in the high Austrian Tirol. Initially alarmed by the amount of traffic which this in effect 'one way in, one way out' valley receives, particularly heading towards Neustift, its all year round epicentre and the Stubai Gletscher(glacier), it…

Redux: Shortwave ‘Pirate’ Radio in the time of Covid-19 provides much needed entertainment and reminiscence

*For writing on a similar theme, please visit: https://ukshortwavefreeradiomemories.blogspot.com/ Aged in my early teens in the Autumn of 1990, little could I have known that randomly tuning around the international shortwave bands on a basic analogue radio one Sunday morning would spark a hobby that has, albeit intermittently, endured to this day. Already moderately aware…