The Carpathians & Transylvania

A beautiful and historic part of central Romania. Dramatic mountains, Bran Castle, locals typically using the traditional horse & cart and more.  Hardly saw any vampires…


Botanisk Have, Copenhagen

Located right in the heart of Copenhagen, this botanical garden is a great place to walk when you’ve had enough of the shops and the crowds.  It has an impressive array of plants, trees, water features, wildlife and buildings.  If you take the paths that lead you up to the top of some features – you can just see the city buildings poking out behind the trees.

Westonbirt’s Treetop Walkway

Opening to the public for the first time today is the brand new STIHL Treetop Walkway at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum.  The walkway is 300 metres long and gradually rises to a height of 13.5 metres – before gently descending into Silk Wood.  It gives you spectacular birds-eye views of the trees and landscapes of the arboretum.

There is a crow’s nest for the more adventurous and it is great to be alongside some of the wildlife in the trees.  I saw squirrels and there were long-tailed tits feeding in the branches at the same height as the crow’s nest.  As I reached the Silk Wood end of the walkway, I spotted a treecreeper moving mouse-like up the trunk of a nearby tree.

The walkway is a fabulous new addition to Westonbirt.  It is great to see that it is even accessible to those in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters.