Simple Pleasures of Life

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Travel notes, food and more

Castle, St Michael's Mont
Castle, St Michael’s Mont

We are a family couple traveling around the Europe and other parts of the world since 1997. Although we live in Dorset, England now, we have lived in quite a few other places before – Latvia, Scotland and a little bit in Morocco. This blog, I call it travel notes, is about travel, food and more, which means it is not only about sightseeing, hiking and similar activities; it is also about culture of places we visit, habits of local people and and their lifestyle, including food, traditions etc.

There are so many beautiful places out there and, sometimes, only local people are able to tell you where to go and what to do. Those destinations often are away from usual tourist routes and cannot be found reading general travel guides.

As it appears, even in such  places traveller may find exciting attractions, convenient hotels or guest houses and comfortable camping sites. What we get in return is relaxed way of living and real opportunity to feel free and enjoy the way we wish to live – no rush, no stress and only our choice of priorities.

Buckinghamshire sunset

As much as possible, I am providing practical information and travel tips for particular areas. Initially, we started our journeys and driving all the way from our host country, Latvia at that time. However, later we started using airlines to get closer to our destination and continuing our trip using locally rented car or public transport.

Many of our destinations are related to hiking and climbing in national parks and mountains, visiting nature preserves and exciting objects listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Often, we choose to book self catering apartments to be independent from scheduled catering and to be able to enjoy food you can get in local grocery shops or food markets.

Individually planned trip around the Europe or anywhere else is an amazing opportunity to choose your own destination, places to visit and time to spend for every place you choose. This travel blog offers short guides related to European and other destinations. I hope, it will help to plan your own holiday or weekend trips to enjoy exciting places wherever you choose to go.

Quick notes

In January 2022 I started something new – series of quick, short and instant micro blogs, although I am still looking for the best technical solution to post these from mobile phone. For quite a few years I have been writing reviews on Google maps. I decided that, sometimes, it may be better to post information on my own blog shorter content immediately about the things I do, observe and experience. 

My travel notes usually have more detailed content about specific trip or place, although it takes more time to prepare those.

You can read them clicking on the button below:

On the go

Enjoy simple pleasures of life!

Tenerife in Febuary

Sunny beaches in February It’s a fantastic feeling – after the darkest winter months, in February to enjoy the sun and ocean waves! In the second half of February, we went with friends to one of the islands of the Canary Archipelago – Tenerife. Tenerife – this holiday destination is chosen by more than 5 […]