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 …

A strawman at "Masopust" carnival in the Czech Republic on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Masupust 2017-11

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 …

Bison on the Alaska Highway, the road from Watson Lake in British Columbia, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Yukon 039

Bison on the Road from Watson Lake

“What’s there to do in  Watson Lake?” “Go to Liard River Hots Springs, it’s just down the road in north British Columbia“. The itinerary planned a full day in Watson Lake, The Yukon, so I’d asked the same question of several of the residents, which presented a bit of a challenge. As the trip was about exploring The Yukon, travelling …

The sandstone Treasury in the Nabateaen city of Petra in south Jordan on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Jordan 001-8

Postcard from Petra, The Rose-Red City

The donkey looked me square in the eye and challenged me to pass without taking its picture, stepping left, it shifted, stepping right, same response. There was nothing to be done, but place my backpack down, accept the inevitable and acquiesce to the wishes of my wannabe model. Several minutes later, after he seemed satisfied I was permitted to continue …

The colourful streets of Chefchaouen, the Blue City in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco in North Africa on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Morocco 048

Chefchaouen; Exploring the Blue City of Morocco

The taxi driver dropped me and my luggage at a low blue coloured archway, and gestured dismissively, “it’s up there”, this was as far as my fare took me, welcome to Chefchaouen. Dragging a heavy bag over the rough cobbles of the narrow alley, smiling slightly ridiculously at the storekeepers and children who crossed my path as the hill steepened, …