Living in the Lake District means whenever family, friends or friends of friends visit they always ask the same question: what are your favourite places? So pull on your walking boots because here they are, my top picks of peaks, valleys, waterfalls, rivers and towns; there’s something here to suit everyone and plenty of excuses for a return visit.
There is something awe-inspiring about waterfalls, from the raw power of water tumbling down a cliff to the gentle cascades that are surrounded by breath-taking scenery. If you’re a keen photographer here is a look through the lens at 20 waterfalls worth visiting.
1. Iguazu Falls
Argentina / Brazil
The majestic Iguazu Falls are located along the Iguazu River, which forms the boundary between Brazil and Argentina. The 2.7km long waterfall edge is divided by several islands and outcrops, creating separate waterfalls which are between 60 and 82 metres (197 to 269ft) high. Although most of the falls are located on the Argentinian side, there are fantastic views from the Brazilian side. Both sides have walkways that allow visitors to enjoy spectacular views.
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Now breathe out through your mouth. In, out. In, out. Well done. You’ve just learned basic yogic breathing. You have now completed the first stage in your 2014 journey to learn yoga. Stage two is a bit harder but a lot more fun; it’s time to pick a beautiful backdrop for a yoga holiday in 2014. Here are five very special places for your low warrior, your sunbird and your downward dog; all you need to do is get you and your yoga mat there.
Up in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco
Once upon a time, Morocco was the playground of just a few, but nowadays destinations like Marrakech, Fez and Essaouira are increasingly mainstream city break destinations. However, don’t assume they don’t still offer many things perfect for a yoga holiday, as this is a country that promises long days of sun to worship, big blue skies to stretch up into and of course, an abundance of exotic scenery. If you base yourself in Marrakech you are only a couple of hours away from the jagged beauty of the Atlas Mountains, which promise not only beautiful views but also peace, calm and quiet to practise yoga in.
The Carpathian Mountains stretch over 900 miles across central and eastern Europe and are an excellent alternative to the winter playgrounds of popular destinations like Switzerland and France. Although the Carpathian Mountains are known for their beautiful summer landscapes and incredible wildlife, in winter they are no less extraordinary. During the snowy winter months holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to Carpathian Mountain skiing destinations. If you’re looking for something more than your average skiing holiday here are some fabulous options that you won’t find in most travel brochures:
For centuries the French Cote d’Azur has been attracting not only the rich and the famous, but also esteemed artists who have been inspired by the magnificent vistas of the French Riviera. If you want to see the beautiful countryside and vibrant French landscapes that inspired the great works of Cézanne, Monet, Munch, Matisse and Picasso, then take some time out to explore La Côte d’Azur des Peintres (Painters’ Trail). The route is comprised of lecterns that mark the spot of 80 famous paintings along the French Riviera, and include some of the country’s best museums of modern art. Here are some highlights of the Painters’ Trail to help you plan your holiday: