Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Punta Montgo, Catalonia

The bay at Cala Montgo, pictured from Punto Montgo

Torroella de Montgrí, Catalonia

The ancient Catalan town of Torroella de Montgrí pictured from a footpath leading up to Castell de Montgrí 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Platja de Llafranc, Catalonia

Sheltered by steep green hills, the beach at Llafranc is picturesque, often crowded and home to scores of plush yachts. When the wind whips up, the waves can crash on to the coarse sand knocking down raucous kids and even their dads in their wake. A smart tree-lined promenade overlooks the beach, there are numerous pricey restaurants on hand and you can pay to park a few hundred yards up the hill.  Popular with pasty British tourists, Platja de Llafranc is a pleasant place to spend a few hours. 7/10 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Beaches at St Martí d'Empúries, Catalonia

The view north from the hamlet of St Martí d'Empúries. Kite surfers speckle the Gulf of Roses.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Gliding through the finishing line
A rare opportunity to let rip along London's roads without having to worry about cars and traffic lights, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a treat for any amateur cyclist. A very well-organised event, the ride starts at the Olympic Park, heads through the heart of London, into Richmond Park and past Hampton Court before climbing into the Surrey Hills.  The 100 mile route is supposed to take in Leith Hill and Box Hill. But, for the 2014 edition, torrential rain resulted in a diversion away from these climbs, reducing the course to 86 miles and less than 900 metres of climbing. In other words, this is a flattish, fast sportive and you might find yourself zipping along pretty quickly. When you head out of the Olympic Park on to the nippy A12, you'll find it weird, but exhilarating, to be cruising along such a wide road without a car in sight.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Royal Victoria Dock, East London

Cranes standing to attention line the southern side of The Royal Victoria Dock

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Sun Sculpture, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, central London

Made up of more than 1,500 hand-blown glass elements, American artist Dale Chihuly's Sun sculpture is 5.5 metres tall, weighs 2,000 kgs and is illuminated each night.  The Sun has also been on display in New York Botanical Gardens and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.