Articles in Category : Lifestyle & Leisure


Robin Darcy's African adventure

KILIMANJARO – Africa’s highest mountain Robin D’Arcy, Director at Bay Estate Agents seems to prefer heading for the hills when he has time off from his busy working life. Last year he followed the Inca trail to Machupicchu and this

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Escape to the country

A perfect bolt hole in West Wales

Marianne Pettifor, director of Frogmore Consulting in Sketty, has the perfect bolt hole in West Wales that she can escape to at a moment’s notice. If you had told me ten years ago that I would be the proud owner

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October 2012

Travel with Liz barry

Spinalonga the Lepers Island

Many of you will have read Victoria Hislop’s bestselling novel “The Island” and I know that some of you have made the journey to Crete to discover its story for yourselves. Liz was drawn to do just that and investigate

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The Neapolitan Riviera

Liz Barry travels with her camera.

LIZ has been on a white knuckle ride recently when she visited the Amalfi coast, Italy. Travelling on a bus along one of the most precipitous roads in Europe isn’t my idea of fun but there has to be a

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Mermaid madness

Editor Lesley Williams faces her fear of water while white water rafting in Cardiff

TheBAY editor Lesley Williams shares with us her recent white water rafting experience… Regular readers will know that I have been learning to swim in the past few months. It’s a slow process but I am making progress. I am

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The turquoise coast

Liz Barry travels with her camera to Turkey

If you have ever looked at holiday brochures for Turkey, you will surely have seen the image of Oludeniz, which translates as Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is a national nature reserve, famous for its turquoise waters and its secluded sandy

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The St Lawrence River and The Thousand Islands

Liz recently visited Canada with her partner Gareth for a relaxing holiday.

Liz wanted to explore the river and its surrounds while Gareth spent his time carp fishing.  The islands rise out of the water between the Canada-U.S. border of the Saint Lawrence River as it flows from Lake Ontario. Covering a

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D’Arcy’s Snapshot of South America

Local businessman Robin D’Arcy MD of Bay Estate and Letting Agents escaped the life of property agent last year and began a month long South American adventure. Here he shares his journey with us.

The Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said,“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” I adopted this as my mantra for a long-planned, month long trip

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Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths – Addiction!

This month Chris Griffiths confesses to the addiction that has shaped his life – surfing.

Addiction “My name is Chris Griffiths and I am a surf addict”. I have come to the conclusion that this statement must be true. I have been a surfer for over 35 years. It has cost me several jobs, thousands

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Going Wild on Gower

Spring time heralds the arrival of Ramson in abundance on Gower. Also known as Wild Garlic it has many culinary uses and in this feature Andrew Price of 'Dryad Bushcraft' and Tatiana bento of the 'Marmalade Cookery School' venture into the wild and then the kitchen.

If our recent Wilderness Gourmet Adventures are anything to go by, spring has well and truly sprung, and nothing tells me that the good times are back than the sight of Ramsons growing like a lush green carpet in the

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Father Andrew Pearce looks at the pursuit of happiness in his article this month. As usual he will get you thinking!

‘Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence’. So wrote Aristotle in perhaps his best-known philosophical work, the Nicomachean Ethics, in the fourth century BC. Whether or not you agree with

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Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths – A change of plan!

Mislaying his passport leads Chris to an unexpected destination

Robert Burns wrote “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley” such were Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths plans for a winter holiday. A Change of Plan! February is classically a quiet time for surf shops. Cold weather and

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Llangenith super session

Well, this winter so far has been the warmest since records began - or so the nice weatherman on the telly told me recently. 

Well, this winter so far has been the warmest since records began – or so the nice weatherman on the telly told me recently. This is due to a constant procession of low pressure systems winding their way in from the

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Petra Rediscovered

Last month, Liz Barry journeyed to Jordan and spent some time discovering the ancient city of Petra where as recently as the 1980s the Bedouin lived in caves, carved from the sandstone cliffs.

Last month, Liz Barry journeyed to Jordan and spent some time discovering the ancient city of Petra.  I received a text from her which read “weather hot and sunny – Petra fabulous and the Bedouin men gorgeous”. She quickly sent

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Liz Barry visits… Bryher

What are the odds of meeting someone on holiday who has a connection with home? Liz Barry experienced this situation on a visit to the Scilly Isle of Bryher earlier this year.

Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands of Scilly. It is noted for its unspoilt natural beauty, its maram grass-edged sand dunes and transparent turquoise blue water. One side of the island is very wild with waves that

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The Boy’s Trip

This month Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths goes North on a boy’s trip away – a real father and son break where they all have a ball!

One of the best things about being a parent is sharing the things you do with your kids. So, when my good friend Rob and I were organising a surf trip earlier in the summer we decided to take our

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Liz Barry visits Kinsale

Liz Barry visited the town of Kinsale in the Republic of Ireland and discovered some of the great things going on in October.

Kinsale is a waterfront town on the lower reaches of the Bandon River in West Cork. In 1992 it was twinned with Mumbles. They have much in common as both share seafaring histories and traditions. Kinsale is only a 30

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