Introduction to the Philippines in photos (part 1)

Introduction to the Philippines in photos (part 1)

The Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia, made up of more than 7,000 islands. The islands are host to an extraordinary range of landscapes, mountains, volcanos, rainforests, jungles, rivers and lakes. It is an absolutely stunning place, and whilst quite rightly famous for its many beaches, the country has a rich culture unlike any country in Asia. The Philippines lies in the tropics and sits on the so-called Ring of Fire. This is…

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Taal Volcano and Lake

Taal Volcano and Lake

Taal is the smallest volcano in the world, it’s just 311 meters tall. It is also one of the most dangerous active volcanoes. Only a short distance from Manila (55 kilometres), the Taal Volcano has erupted 30 times since the 16th century, killing over 5,000 people. Volcano Island, an island near the middle of Taal Lake is where the eruptions have taken place. The Taal Caldera, formed by prehistoric eruptions thousands of years ago, is…

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The best places in Yorkshire (part 1, 20 photos)

The best places in Yorkshire (part 1, 20 photos)

I was born in Yorkshire, still live there now and have lived in the county for most of my life. It has a population equal to that of Scotland’s and covers an area half the size of Belgium. It has a flag of its own (a white rose on a blue background) and its own day of celebration, Yorkshire Day (1st August). Yorkshire is undeniably one of the most beautiful areas in Britain. The county…

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Exploring the Philippines – Puerto Galera

Exploring the Philippines – Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera – Port of the Galleons Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro is only a few hours travel from Manila by land and sea transport. It has beautiful beaches, good access to the interior and some of the best diving sites in the Philippines. These things make Puerto Galera a popular travel destination. Puerto Galera usually means the actual town of Puerto Galera and the nearby resort areas – Sabang, 5km to the…

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Walk from Cayton Bay to Filey along the Cleveland Way.

Walk from Cayton Bay to Filey along the Cleveland Way.

Cayton Bay If you are planning to do this walk as a round trip (approx. five miles each way, ten in total), my preference would be to start at Cayton Bay. Plenty of free car parking and the views are better on the way back. However, there is plenty of car parking on Filey Brigg (Country Park) if you want to start there. Car parking in the Country Park is quite expensive during the summer…

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