I’ve been to Cyprus many times, but every time I return I continue to be surprised by how much this beautiful Mediterranean island has to offer.
And it’s not all about the beach, either. There’s some excellent hiking in the Troodos Mountains and the Akamas Peninsula, plenty of great food and wine, a fascinating culture that is a unique blend of east and west and a shy retiring creature called a mouflon that once seen is never forgotten.
You can find out more about Cyprus’ beautiful interior in my piece for the Times.
As part of the Guardian Fixology project, in association with Direct Line, I recently reviewed a whole host of travel technology.
My seven must-haves for travellers are listed on the Guardian website here and include the fantastic chargers from MiPOW, whichhave integral cables, and the stylish House of Marley headphones, which have Bluetooth to avoid tangled wires.
I’ve arrived in Glasgow many times but never before to waving, cheering crowds. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have brought people out in their thousands to watch events both ticketed and free – and to launch it all, on Saturday July 26th 250 boats sailed up the Clyde from Greenock to the Glasgow Science Centre.
I was lucky enough to be one of the guests onboard CalMac‘s MV Lochinvar, which led this flotilla – the largest ever seen on the Clyde – up the water from Greenock. The MV Lochinvar is CalMac’s newest vessel and was built at Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow – which we would sail past on our voyage. It is also one of the ferry company’s two hybrid ferries, which use innovative technology, including battery banks that supply a minimum of 20% of the energy consumed on board.
We set out from Gourock to join the flotilla, departing from this scenic town at the mouth of the Clyde and making our way up the river that was once the heart of Scotland’s shipbuilding industry. I was expecting heavy industry but instead saw geological anomalies, such as Dumbarton Rock, a fortress that has a longer recorded history than any other in Britain, the grand neoclassical Custom House at Greenock quayside, and thousands of flag-waving locals lining the river’s banks.
Here are just some of the many pictures I took along the way.
Ayia Napa doesn’t exactly spring to mind when you think of relaxing beach breaks but this resort on the eastern end of Cyprus is popular for a reason – it has some cracking beaches. I headed out to Cape Greco, just outside the town, to explore this rarely visited rugged cape on the edge of Europe.
You can read my article on discovering Cape Greco on the Guardian website here.