One of the jetties at Colesbukta (Coles Bay) at the southern end of Isfjorden in Nordenskiöld Land on Spitzbergen the largest island of the Svalbard group, a territory of Norway inside the Arctic Circle on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Svalbard-1-28

Colesbukta; Eerie Ghost town in Svalbard

The small convoy of snowmobiles weaved its way through a winding snow valley and rattled along icy trails across a frozen fjord, until the first signs of Colesbukta appeared. A field of rotting wooden supports, like tombstones in a snow-covered cemetery. Also, known as Coles Bay, a series of ramshackle, deserted structures, isolated in the pristine wilderness began to emerge …

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Prague: City of Elegance wears a Party Hat

It seems fair to say that in the United Kingdom, Prague has a reputation as being one of the destinations of choice when it comes to a groom’s celebration of their forthcoming nuptials. One reason, its accessibility, it’s an easy city to get to, I flew direct from Manchester to Prague with Jet2. There are casinos, clubs and bars that cater …

An aurora at the Sweden Icehotel on the Torne River in Jukkasjarvi, near the town of Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, inside the Arctic Circle, Scandinavian Europe on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Lapland-2

Becoming “The Flash” at the Sweden Icehotel

For those not familiar with comic book heroes, “The Flash” is Barry Allen, a “DC Comics” character, that is the fastest man on earth. Making a whistle-stop visit to the Sweden Icehotel, in Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland, fitting in three days worth of visit in one evening had me feeling slightly like the fictional speedster. My arrival had been straight forward …

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Masopust – “Carnival” in the Czech Republic

Masopust is the Czech word for Carnival and it is no coincidence that Masopust, in the village of Vortová, occurs at the same time as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday (pancake Tuesday) and the wonderfully opulent Festival of Venice. It all revolves around Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. It’s the …

Real Alcázar and the Church of the Holy Conception in Caravaca de la Cruz in the region of Murica, Spain on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Murcia-1-44

Postcards from Caravaca, Murcia

Travelling to the fifth holy city of Catholic Christianity, Caravaca de la Cruz, in Murcia, the imposing Real Alcázar is the landmark which initially catches the eye. The castle can be seen from some distance while travelling along the nearby motorway which leads into the city, the fortified ramparts which dominate the city from its high point, overlooking the surrounding …

Windmill at the saltflats of San Pedro del Pinatar near La Manga Strip in Murcia, on the Costa Cálida, Spain on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel iain-mallory_murcia-001-88

Flamingos in the Land of Flamenco

There’s something exciting about seeing flamingos, these quirky, social, sometimes funny, these strange birds which may have been around for over 30 million years. Seeing a small flock in the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar, in the Spanish region of Murcia, was initially surprising, but in the land of flamenco it seemed somehow appropriate. Read more from Murcia …

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Postcards from Águilas, Murcia

Exploring the pretty harbour town of Águilas in Murcia, Costa Cálida in an enjoyable, innovative and satisfying fashion, through a tapas tour, is recommended for all foodies. We were collected from our accommodation at the Hotel Puerto Juan Montiel, and the next few hours were spent munching our way through, fresh chicken, pork, fish and octopus on a guided tour of …

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Motor Cruising the Norfolk Broads

The motor cruiser chugged towards the setting sun, steering was easy once we’d realised it doesn’t react immediately and takes a few moments to respond. There had been a short familiarisation brief from Jason of Herbert Woods, where we’d learned how to steer, turn and moor the boat, now we were on our own, with the Norfolk Broads as our …