Germany's capital is a stark contrast of modern culture and historic grit.
For the past three years I have been a podcast devotee. These nuggets of entertainment, knowledge and current affairs bring me information, comfort and - sometimes - company, particularly when paired with activities such as walking to work, chores, getting ready to go out... I could go on.
Remarkably, a year has passed since the 2017 Loch Ness Etape and last month it was time to do it all again. A 66-mile cycling sportive along the banks of Loch Ness and back to our home town via the infamous Fort Augustus monster hill.
After a couple of months hiatus from the blog, I've taken things international. For a milestone birthday (not mine), we headed off to the gorgeous Sorrento for some much needed R&R. And what better way to relax than to head up to what is claimed to be one of the best hiking trails in the world - yes, the irony is not lost on me either but 'when in Rome' and all that.
The words 'I've had an idea' come out of my mouth on an all-too-regular basis. Some ideas turn out well; others not so much. 'Character building' is what my Dad would say, and it's the phrase that I've now adopted in all situations of the latter.
Edinburgh is always a hive of activity but, in December, the city turns in to a winter wonderland and it gets a bit busy.... so, so busy.
On the banks of Loch Ness, 2km from the small village of Drumnadrochit, lies the remains of Urquhart Castle. A medieval landmark with dramatic scenes that photographers dream about (you might just need to wait a while for the visitors to clear out of the way!).