Kiara Gallop (@galloparoundtheglobe) — UK Travel Blogger based in #Shrewsbury 👣 🚴 ✈ Little bit obsessed with cats, cacti, cheese, and Thailand.
Just back from: Puglia 📷 Latest post 👇
Just back from: Puglia 📷 Latest post 👇
Another photo from my weekend in Bristol. . . What do you do when the lane you want to photograph has a building covered in scaffolding right in the middle of it? Return during the evening when it's dark and you can't see the scaffolding, and the viewer's eye is instead drawn to the festive Christmas lights strung across the 17th century street 😊
I spent this weekend in Bristol. One of my favourite bands, Sheelanagig (who I've seen twice in Bristol before and once at Beautiful Days festival) were playing a gig here on the Saturday night. . . So we booked a night at the YHA and then spent the remainder of our time wandering around the city, attempting to tick a few more sights off our list. . . But at a result of Stu's fascination with boats, it was pretty much a dead cert that we'd spend a large chunk of our time down by the harbour. . . The skies were so grey immediately above the horizon, but further up were large patches of blue and the sun was out ☀️ . . It made for a very moody shot of Bristol's colourful houses overlooking the city's marina 😊
Be prepared to be bombarded with lots of Matera photos while my post is fresh on the blog! . . This place is a wonderful labyrinth where every corner you turn yields a new and interesting discovery – be it an interesting old door flanked with cacti and succulents, a photogenic archway, a tiny courtyard bursting with floral displays or an incredible viewpoint. . . This unusual shaped building was one of my faves 😊
New up on the blog this morning (link in bio) is my post about Matera - Italy's ' City of Caves' . . Matera is one of the most unique and fascinating places I've ever visited and is a paradise for curious explorers and keen photographers. . . I really felt like Sarah from Labyrinth as I wandered through its intriguing maze of narrow cobblestone alleyways and uneven stone staircases. . . Have you been? Is it on your list?
I love the fact that in Norway, even in the big cities (of which there are very few), you never have to walk very far to leave industry and civilisation far behind you. . . Not that Odda is a big city (it's only a fraction of the size (population-wise) of the TOWN I live in) but there is a lot of industry here. . . However, follow the cultural trail around Odda (grab a map from the Tourist Information Centre) and it will take you high above the city and far from the post-industrial landscapes the line much of the water's edge.
Have you visited Odda in Norway? . . It's most well known for being the gateway to the famous Trolltunga hike, but the area actually has a lot to offer as a destination in its own right. . . As a result of postponing our Trolltunga hike due to bad weather, we had a whole day in Odda that we'd not planned for. Find out how we spent it (and what else there is to see and do in and around town) in my latest post (link in bio) 😊
Even in the Summer months, you cannot be guaranteed good weather on the Trolltunga hike. And true to form, the forecast for the day we'd planned to hike was strong winds and heavy rain all day. So we postponed our hike. . . And as a result we found ourselves in Odda with a whole day at our disposal - a whole day we'd not planned for. . . But it turns out that there's actually quite a lot to see and do in and around town. . . Just look at this view for starters! . . My new post (link in bio) covers various different sights and activities in and around Odda. I promise you, you won't be bored in Odda! 😀
I'd planned to write a huge chunk of my Matera post while on the train to and from Norwich this weekend but the carriages were so packed I could barely move - let alone get any work done! . . So I'm back to writing again this week. But in the meantime I have another Norway post scheduled to go live in a couple of days, so keep your eyes on the blog! . . This one will be all about things to do in Odda when you have to postpone your Trolltunga hike due to bad weather ⛈️
I watched this cute little kitty chase a bird up, down and around a tree for the best part of half an hour! . . Fortunately for the bird, it managed to avoid capture, but the spectacle kept me (and the cat) entertained 😀 . . I'm currently sat on a train headed to Norfolk for the weekend to visit a friend. She has a cat of her own, so when we're not out wandering around Christmas markets, exploring Norfolk's charming little historic towns and cities and eating all the curry and paella, we'll probably be watching her playful little girl entertain us at home 🐈🐾😻
This kind of weather (I'm in England, it's bloody cold at this time of year!) always makes me feel a bit torn about what I want to post on Instagram. . . On one hand I love all the autumn colours, festive lights, warming bowls of soup (or mugs of glühwein) and getting cosy by the fire. I love all the frosty mornings and the promise of snow. . . But on the other hand I'm dreaming about being somewhere warm and sunny, where I don't have to wear half a dozen layers just to leave the house, and where balmy evenings lend themselves to relaxing, photo-taking wanders, and to enjoying a drink or two at an inviting little cafe, whose tables spill out on to the streets outside. . . Matera is definitely a city made for these types of wanders 😊
Who else loves stumbling across impromptu live music when they travel? . . I always have to stop and listen and part with a few coins to say thank you for brightening up my day 🎶 . . And these guys were good! I'll be sharing a short video of them on my upcoming post about Matera 😊
I'm back to gazing at my sunny photographs from Italy (while deciding which ones to include in the Matera post I'm currently writing) in order to banish that depressing Monday feeling. . . I swear I spend more time choosing and editing photos for a post than I do actually writing the post! . . And I took literally hundreds of photos in Matera, only a few of which will end up in the blog post itself. . . What do you all do with the photos you don't publish on your website? Do any of you make photo books? I'm thinking of making one dedicated to to the beautiful cave city of Matera.
Cute little houses of Damstredet, to the north of central Oslo 😊 . . It's an area that was once an impoverished shantytown but is now favoured by the city’s creative crowd. . . Not far from Damstredet is Grünerløkka - a neighbourhood labelled as the ‘Shoreditch’ of Oslo, where you’ll find street art, exhibition spaces, artisan eats, indie boutiques, and vintage fashions.
First of my Norway posts up on the blog today (head to the link in my bio to read) and it's an itinerary for 5 nights /6 days in the country. . . We spent under £470 each, which included return flights, accommodation and all ground transportation. . . And in our time there we squeezed in visits to four different places - Oslo, Bergen, Odda, and Trolltunga.
Even though Bryggen's quite a touristy part of Bergen, I loved wandering through the little narrow alleyways lined with traditional wooden buildings whose foundations date back to the 12th century. . . It's where the Hanseatic League built their trading empire back in the 14th century, and of the four overseas offices they set up, Bryggen is the only one that is preserved today. . . It's incredible to think that, as a result of rebuilding efforts following old patterns and using traditional building methods, the appearance of these buildings has changed very little, nine centuries later.
I've had such a productive weekend on the blog post writing! Considering I tend to favour long-form posts that are probably on average 2000 words long, I find it impossible to nail a post in an evening like a lot of bloggers do. The photo editing isn't just a quick stolen hour wherever I can find it either. . . So I'm feeling pretty chuffed that I've written an entire Norway itinerary post (3000 words, publishing this week), started one on Trolltunga and have around 75% of a Bergen one completed 😀 . . I've also had a big clean up at home now that my outhouse conversion /utility extension is finished, had coffee and lunch with mum, cooked a few pumpkin dishes, squeezed in a couple of two-hour gym sessions, AND did some ironing! I hate ironing 😡 . . What about you? How have you been spending your first weekend in November?