You may have noticed that I have a thing about culture and, particularly, history. Possibly because I grew up in a somewhat sanitised suburb south of Los Angeles where all the houses, and most of us kids, pretty much looked the same.
I've got a secret to tell. Only to a few of you, not to everyone. I don't want everyone knowing this and making it impossible to book but I do want some recognition for finding the best thing since sliced bread for families! They don't advertise in the UK, so most are in the dark about what really is on offer for summer mountain holidays with children - especially very young ones
Whilst festivals in other parts of the world have a sole emphasis on getting drunk and making a mess, this festival has an emphasis on thinking about Mother Nature and authentic enjoyment. With the soulful music, gleaming blue skies and an intense focus on giving back to the community, this festival is unique to the Philippines and is a remarkable hidden gem.
The reason we took on Mont Blanc, was to show that ordinary people can go and take on these challenges. We could have easily come back down and said it was easy, a walk in the park. But what is the point of that?
It may be famed for its slopes, but there is so much more to Aspen than first meets the eye. With off-slope activities galore
What is special about the Rila Mountains? The magnificent views, the sharp contrast between rocky peaks and fields of purple wildflowers; the ice-cold water; the sensation of walking in snow and in the warm sun; the feeling of being on top of the world. And, more than anything else, the wonder of discovering the breathtaking natural beauty of Bulgaria.
Your daily trudge out of the bowels of the London Underground, before you emerge blinking in the morning air, is a nondescript
A sign declaring the birthplace of Orpheus greets visitors to the village of Gela, high in Bulgaria's southern Rhodopes Mountains.
Two mummified bodies have been found at the tip of Mexico's Pico de Orizaba volcano, believed to be the remains of two climbers
Although the prestigious peak is widely revered as an area of outstanding beauty, it is not actually protected with a conservation strategy consistent accross all three parent countries. In France, Mont Blanc was designated a 'site classé' in 1951, preventing development, camping and also supervises amenities.