Best of the travel blogs: May 2016

Read excerpts from our three favourite blogs this month

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 2 Apr 2019, 16:28 BST, Updated 7 Jul 2021, 13:11 BST

Serra da Estrela

This is a landscape that hasn't changed in the last 10,000 years, sculpted only by the elements into a smooth arrangement of high-altitude plateaus. In the midst of its protruding round granite formations called Fragas, a handful of tiny heritage villages are scattered among high-altitude forests, waterfalls, natural lakes and glacier valleys. Inhabited by very few people, these communities still embody the shepherding heritage of Serra da Estrela.

Joining the dots

I knew that the descent would probably be as challenging as the climb, with weakened arms and gusting winds, and without the warmth generated by pedalling. Perhaps I should call it a night and seek out a sheltered corner at the top of the mountain. But experience tells me that starting a day with a descent is a bad idea. In the Balkans one winter, I'd once spent the first hour shivering uncontrollably as I rolled downhill into freezing fog, and then had to spend even longer thawing out in a cafe.

Catwalk travel

A chapel in Naples, a Japanese boutique and an American road trip — just some of the catalysts for the clothing seen on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2016 in New York, London, Milan and Paris, and currently filtering into the shops. I've combed through the Ready To Wear collections and teased out the main places designers are championing this season. They'll inform what we wear — whether you buy your clothes from high-end boutiques or the high street — and where we travel…

Published in the May 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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