Author Archive for Paul Caddy

3 of the UK's remotest places to dine and drink

3 of the UK’s remotest places to dine and drink

Got screen fatigue? Tired of being constantly connected? Fancy a digital detox? If you’ve answered ‘yes’, ‘yes’ and ‘oh yes’ to these questions, then perhaps it’s time to head ‘off grid’ for a bit? Here’s three out-of-the-way spots where you can taste the remoteness in the air (also known as ‘fresh air’ to city folk) and where your phone will […]

4 seasons under the Matterhorn

4 seasons under the Matterhorn

150 years ago this summer, on 14 July 1865, 37 year old French mountaineer, Michel Croz, attached his blouse to a tent pole. Holding the pole aloft, with his shirt snapping and crackling in the wind, the world below bore witness to a remarkable feat: the Matterhorn had finally been conquered. But triumph soon turned […]

3 'only-in-Japan' experiences not to be missed

3 ‘only-in-Japan’ experiences not to be missed

I don’t know where I was when I first heard there was a new taste: umami. Surely you can’t discover a taste, can you? It’s like saying scientists have just designed a new emotion or announced a thicker type of gravity. To be fair, it is no surprise somebody from Japan discovered this ‘fifth’ savoury taste. […]

Secret escapes - 3 epic powder resorts in Japan not to be missed

Secret escapes – 3 epic powder resorts in Japan not to be missed

A cucumber is almost all water. Take away the pesky four percent or so of its, er, cucumber-ness and you could brush your teeth with the liquid remains (if that’s your sort of thing). In essence, the world is surprisingly water-logged, and where you least expect it. So it used to baffle me, early in […]

Secret escapes - 3 'off-the-map' Alpine ski resorts‏‏

Secret escapes – 3 ‘off-the-map’ Alpine ski resorts‏‏

During the Cold War, there used to be a smattering of towns in the USSR that were ‘off the map’. Officially they didn’t exist. Soviet mapmakers hid them in their atlases with the clever use of whatever they had to hand at the time (presumably well-placed blobs of gravy from a hearty lunchtime goulash?). Fast-forward […]

Patagonia – ‘the big three’

Patagonia – ‘the big three’

Patagonia: an unforgiving, sometimes grim, yet achingly handsome corner of the globe. So why visit this chunky blade of mountains and bleak desolation that slices into the ‘Roaring Forties’, the endless stream of westerly winds that chase around the southern hemisphere? After all, it is hardly close to the great cities of the world. Well, […]

3 guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when visiting the French Alps this Winter

3 guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when visiting the French Alps this Winter

Skiing in the Alps year after year can get, well, a bit ‘samey’: same hotels; same restaurants; same slopes. Sometimes you need to shake things up a bit—remind yourself why you fell in love with the mountains in the first place. Below are three guaranteed ways to put a child-like grin on your face when […]