Wildschoenau: what I miss, and why I may never return

Wildschoenau: Wild and Beautiful. This Tirolean high valley has much to live up to, and delivers in digger-sized buckets. It is though the use of the aforementioned construction apparatus that is slowly dragging the valley back into the pack, from its once nonpareil position of being perfectly formed and relatively untouched by human intervention. It…

Bohinj: what I miss, and the things that I look forward to seeing

The last two years have been a serious reality check for globetrotters, frequent fliers, and those who usually got away as often as they could. Travellers now inhabit that rather uncertain no man's land between unrestricted movement and outright lockdown, with day to day pandemic-related uncertainty impacting upon decision-making of whether to venture forth, and…

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…