Journey to the English Jurassic Coast Through Time

Today we are going to travel to one of those sites that is truly historic. It will be a long walk that receives the name of the Jurassic Coast. This unique place is located in the south of England and is divided between the counties of Dorset and Devon. The starting point is the Old Harry Rocks in Swanage and the Orcombe Point in Exmouth at the end of the journey.

There are three times that we have been there but at no time we passed beyond the Isle of Portland. This route is like an open book in which 200 million years of the history of our planet have been recorded. The Jurassic Coast is world famous for its incredible geological formations, breathtaking views and for its richness in fossil remains including dinosaur footprints. In 2001 UNESCO recognized its cultural value by naming it a World Heritage Site.

Afterwards, we ate and spent the afternoon in Bournemouth, seeing the tomb of Mary Shelley and walking through its streets and parks.


We started our trip in the town of Swanage, a small town that is born at the foot of the cliffs that are part of this long natural monument. In its origins, the mining and fishing industry was the engine of the local economy. Although from the late nineteenth century they were leaving everything in the hands of tourism. It is not a bad summer destination because it has a magnificent beach and everything that is expected from a summer village.

The walk from the town to the Old Harry Rocks is about 4 kilometers. It consists of two limestone columns that rise in the middle of the sea at a place called Handfast Point. For lack of time none of the times we went there but there is no doubt they have their interest.

The Jurassic Route

To take the Jurassic route we have several alternatives, being on foot or by boat the best ones to enjoy nature. The South West Coast Path National Trail is the path that follows the coast. On its website, they propose a very long route of more than 100 kilometers. It runs through the south of England and goes around the western end of the island until you reach Minehead. For the less adventurous, they propose shorter routes, many framed within the Jurassic Coast.

Another option is the bus that allows us to alternate sections on foot and public transport. Finally, leaving romanticism aside, there is the car that was the means of transport in our case. We continue our little trip to go to an area called Lulworth Cove, a great center of attraction that attracts a million tourists every year. It is a natural inlet formed by the erosion of the sea for millions of years. It is an awesome place. It makes you feel really tiny. Its circular shape makes us doubt if there was not someone with a compass drawing arcs.

Once crossed the entire cove we headed east to visit the Fossil Forest. The journey on foot takes more than an hour between the round trip. It turns out that about 150 million years ago there was a drop in sea level. The ocean retreated so much that islands emerged from its bottom. The conditions propitiated the growth of a tropical forest that with the passage of time disappeared under layers of sediment. The capricious movements of the bark have brought this story to light. To enter you have to enter a shooting range of the British Army. It is not a joke. A red flag indicates that the access is prohibited.

We retrace our steps and take the route to the West. A short distance from Lulworth Cove we found a formation called Stair Hole. The group is composed of three different types of rock that after three million years of erosion have formed three coves and several caves.

If we continue walking in the same direction we will face a long climb that takes us to the top of a cliff. Once above we get an "aerial" perspective of Lulworth Cove. In front, we see the Jurassic Coast Trail in the form of ups and downs to beyond where we can see. From time to time we stop with the excuse of reading the panels that explain the formation of the landscape.

We then reach a cove in the center of which there is a curious stone barrier as if to defend bathers. On the way down we came across a sign that tells us where we are.

If we take the path on the left we will find ourselves in the cove we have seen from above. This is Man O' War, a series of inlets that have come together to form a curious beach.

On the other side, we have a spectacular rocky arch called Durdle Door. It is the most famous image of the entire Jurassic Coast and from whose feet comes a beach full of people sunbathing in summer. It can be reached by a steep path from the parking lot of Durdle Door Holiday Park, at the top of the cliff about 700 meters on foot or along the SW Coast itinerary Path.

Durdle Door is a natural arch of limestone of enormous dimensions that leaves the cliff to go into the sea and one of the most photographed structures of the Jurassic Coast. The curious formation is due to the initial mixture of hard and soft rocks (limestones and sandstones). The erosion acts on the second ones forming the hole that is seen at present and that with time will cause the collapse of the arch.

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is a small cove or bay near West Lulworth, where is the visitor center of the entire area, and very close to Durdle Door. It is a good place for amateur geographers and walkers. After leaving the car in the parking lot (also for a fee) and passing through the visitor center, the Lulworth Cove is a few steps away. It is a perfect horseshoe-shaped bay formed by the erosion of the softest clays within the limestone structure.

We were surprised by the layers of materials that are seen in the walls of this cove, both from inside and outside. We perceive the settlement of the different levels and how erosion and some cataclysms have been giving shape. From the eastern end of this beach, we reach the fossil forest and the Mupe bay, through an impressive walk along the cliff top.

The Fossil Forest

A stretch of the SW Coast Path, which also passed through the Durdle Door, leads from Lulworth to Mupe Bay. It passes through Lulworth Cove and the Fossil Forest bordering the sea through the cliff top. It is the only way to get to the Fossil Forest, which is in a restricted area of the Ministry of Defense and only open on weekends and all August.

This area is famous for its fossils, specifically, those known as "burrs" that created the algae that grew around decaying tree trunks in a swamp of 145 million years ago (Jurassic era). That is, what you see is the fossilized algae while the holes are what the wood left to rot.

In order to enter the fossil forest, it is not necessary to reach Mupe Bay. After leaving the Lulworth Cove, fossils begin to be seen, in the holes of some people squat, and the formations in undulating layers of the cliffs.


Before lunchtime, we head towards Bournemouth to spend the afternoon touring the city. The first stop was in the area of ​the Boscombe Pier. Here in addition to walking along the pier (more modern than Swanage), we saw Jurassic rocks in the middle of the beach.

Then we went to the tourist office where we got the map that would help us to visit some of the most interesting places in Bournemouth. First, we went to the Lower Gardens where we ate. There are very beautiful and well-kept gardens, crossed by a channel of the Bourne River (which gives its name to the city). Here there is a hot air balloon that shows the city from the air to visitors (the Bournemouth Balloon).

Then we went to St. Peter's Church, one of the churches of B'mouth (abbreviated as well). Here among the tombs of several illustrious writers is that of Mary Shelley, author of the famous fiction novel "Frankenstein". She shares grave with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, a famous English poet, politician, and free-thinker.

We go through several shopping streets, passing through the gallery The Arcade, towards the square called The Square. It has a huge kiosk restaurant in its center (the Obscura Café) and separates the Lower Gardens from the Central Gardens. We continue through the Commercial Road stopping at some stores.

To finish our walk, we crossed the Lower Gardens again to reach the beaches of Bournemouth and find the impressive pier of B'mouth (The Pier). It is a gigantic and fully urbanized dock, on top of it there are cafes, restaurants and even a cinema hall. In fact, the Bournemouth waterfront has its own tourist office and would give for another full day of excursions and visits.

As you can imagine a complete tour takes a long time. Here we have only covered the first part of the road by jumping places like Kimmeridge Bay or Durlston. Further on we have the Isle of Portland, the Beach of Chesil or Charmouth and Lyme Regis. There are many other points of undoubted interest that we leave for a future visit or for those who are encouraged to tell us their experience. Everything depends on how far we are willing to go.

Yoga Trip to Pokhara in Nepal

We have not hesitated long to put Nepal on our list. Being in India we have assumed that this country would please us because the atmosphere is quite close. In addition, we wanted to be on top of the roof of the world. We wanted to experience the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and yoga and meditation attracted us a lot. The fact that this country requires a very small budget has definitely tipped the scales!

Day 1

We travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu by bus and chose the cheapest tourist bus to cover the 200km. We depart at 7:00 am and arrive at 2:30 pm in Pokhara with three short breaks en route. I had read people who had found it endless but not us. The road is not so bad and the bus is comfortable!

From here, after 2 km on foot, we reach our reserved homestay. The room with bathroom is clean and comfortable with beautiful view of the peaks when there are no clouds. This hotel like all others is located in the tourist area of Lake Side. Pokhara is very different from Kathmandu!

There is almost no traffic with paved roads and almost no dust! We see rather modern houses in good condition. Everything is more expensive too. Otherwise, of course, there are tons of hotel, restaurants, and shops. As its name suggests there is a lake. There is a very nice atmosphere with the mountains around.

When the sky is completely clear we can see several snow-capped peaks which happens very briefly. The temperatures are milder, almost warm during the day and cool in the evening. The first day we did not do much. We were a little tired and I needed to regain strength before the trek that was going to follow.

We stroll in town and do some shopping for our trip (dried fruits, cereal bars, water, and map). We also did a lot of research on the net to plan our route. We had chosen to do a small trek, at least for Nepal! It is certain that compared to those who last several weeks and climb very high it was a walk of health, but for us, it was already not bad!

5 days with 5-7 hours of daily walking is not something we are used to. This trek, in particular, is designed to develop community tourism and go hiking while being close to the locals. It is new and very little used. Besides, it is announced nowhere and all the people on the spot who we talked about did not even know the name.

At that moment we say to ourselves, why not go on a bike trip instead? I do some research and we come across a great tour of the Mustang with landscapes to fall! Trek or Drive? Having to decide that in an emergency is very stressful.

At that moment, I have a good idea! I decided to see if we cannot push all this to a later date and do first what should be the activity after the trek. We decide to stay with a family with initiation to yoga and meditation. I quickly send an email to see if we can change the dates. We are expected the next morning at 7 at the yoga ashram for the meditative walk.

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Day 2

We arrive punctually. The couple is very friendly and we immediately feel very good. We have a comfortable room with a large bathroom. During our stay in the ashram, there are two other people. We have hot water with honey and cinnamon and go walking. We walk for an hour in the city. Basically, we have to focus our mind on ourselves, on our breath and not be disturbed by the external elements.

I walked but I'm not sure I thought too much! In any case, it was nice. From 8am to 9:30 am, we have the yoga class. For the start, all went well. The explanations were clear at the beginner level. We enjoyed doing the Om! We learned basic postures, exercises that look like soft bodybuilding, and relaxation.

I must admit that after the first course, the remake each time of the same things quickly tired me! Once again we do not get over! But when I come back I still try to practice. After that, we wash our nose with a small watering can. It goes through one nostril and it comes out of the other! It is great for me and my cold.

We then have breakfast at 10 am (which is lunch in fact)! The meals are vegetarian and prepared with vegetables from the garden.

Pokhara is a nice place, very nice to rest but it's too touristy. We did not come to Nepal to see hotels full of streets, bars and pizzerias and tourists or trekker everywhere. Despite the dust, we prefer Kathmandu because it feels more like Nepal! So we started to think that the few days planned for yoga would be a lot. In addition, everything is really more expensive than in Kathmandu!

We thought to cut short. We negotiated in several bike rent centers! We decided to rent one and hope it will be powerful enough for the climbs. We decided to go up to the Shanti Stupa, a pagoda that is on a hill above the city. It allows having a great view of the lake and the mountains when it is clear. When we reach the top it was not clear. We have another two hours of walking downhill.

We do nothing more that day. We dragged a little softer and are especially impatient to take rest.

Day 3

We have a good night's sleep. We go for a morning walk, and then do yoga at the hotel! We decided not to return to the ashram for yoga. We chose to fly back because it allows to fly very close to the peaks and to see the whole chain of the Himalayas.

A Weekend in Prague with my Girlfriend

Less well known than its neighbors Berlin and Vienna, Prague is yet a very beautiful European capital, ideal for a weekend with girlfriend. With many points of interest, nightlife, restaurants at low prices, is it not rather tempting? I have not announced it yet on my blog or on social networks, but during my trip to Copenhagen my girl proposed me her love. And to celebrate it I took my girlfriend for a long weekend in Prague!

Prague besides being the capital of the Czech Republic is the largest city in the country. The temperatures are between 0 and 20 degrees on average and can drop very low in winter to -27 degrees. The city is well served by tram and metro. I took a pass for the weekend, and it was very good. Regarding the hotel in Prague, I booked an apartment not far from the center and with transport nearby, perfect for a weekend with girlfriend.

As soon as we reach Prague we start with the Old Town Square where we can admire beautiful colored buildings. We see the National Gallery, the Ministry, the church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Jan Hus Memorial and the famous astronomical clock. Here many tourists gather every hour to hear its ringing bells. We climb into the clock tower and it's worth it for the view from the top!

We go up to the north to visit the Jewish quarter. Access to the building and especially the cemetery is not free and has to be with a guide. It's a shame because we did not want to visit everything. I only wanted to visit the cemetery so I was disappointed. In the streets we can see pretty facades of hotels, restaurants and luxury shops.

Then we head to Klementinum to visit the Czech National Library . I was disappointed because to see it we needed to take a guide (even quite expensive) and his information was not very interesting. We had a hard time understanding because his English was not good. The library is very beautiful, and the climb in the tower is quite nice but the rest is rather long and boring.

We go to the Havelske Trziste market. The name is unpronounceable but we were able to buy the strudel (cake with apples and dried fruit). We also have the trdelnik (sweet dough wrapped around a skewer and grilled over charcoal) and small fruit trays.

As we were hungry we visit the restaurant a few steps from here. Here we taste the Czech specialties such as goulash (stew served with knedliky, slices of boiled bread). We also have Svickova na smetane (roast meat with cranberry sauce also served with slices of boiled bread) and bramboraky (potato pancakes). Along side we have a local beer. They are not the best I have tasted.

A Weekend in Prague with my Girlfriend

We continue with a stroll on the quays to reach the Dancing House (Tancici dum) built by the architects Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic. Its architecture is pretty amazing, and it almost looks like it is melting. However it is not a very big building, and there is nothing to visit inside as these are offices.

In the afternoon we walk in the Vinohrady district. Its name comes from the fact that in the 14th century this place was covered with vineyards. This time we cross the river Vltava for a walk in the nice Mala Strana, on the island of Kampa in the vicinity of Prague Castle and in the beautiful Petrinske sady park. We walk to the Petrin hill, at the top of which there is a nice flower garden and also a tower.

Then we go to the Castle. On the way we come across vineyards. We make a small detour to see the Strahov Monastery (Strahovsky klaster). The Hradcany district is also pleasant to walk around. Then we arrive at a large square with Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad) and right next to it is St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrala Sv Vita). We also see the Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka), a few meters away. The houses are really cute and with pretty colors.

We go down to the John Lennon Wall, an informal memorial. The wall is entirely covered with graffiti paying tribute to him. We taste a huge stuffed crepe, and a trdelnik. Then we head to Kampa Island, from where we have a very nice view of the Charles Bridge and the Old Town of Prague. There is a French market. Many people sit at small tables with their glass of wine and a piece of charcuterie!

The park is very quiet and at the water's edge we can see some ducks, swans and penguins. I stopped for a drink on the terrace of the Kampa-Sovovy Museum. With a view of the water, the view was great, but it was the only positive thing. The drinks were not good, the service very slow and in addition the tips were high and mandatory.

We end the weekend in Prague on the famous Charles Bridge! It was built between 1357 and 1380, and was the only bridge on the Vltava River until 1741. Today the bridge is invaded by tourists, musicians, and painters. We go at the end of the day, when the colors on the water and the buildings are very beautiful.

In the evening we head to Dlouha street where we find many bars. We end the evening in the biggest nightclub in Central Europe, where each floor has its own atmosphere. The prices are however quite high.

Chicken Manchurian Chronicles - From Mysore to Hampi

If you are a regular follower of the blog you will already have noticed my love for exotic recipes, with spices, and especially for Indian cuisine. Nor will I deny that I have always been to try cuisines from other countries. In fact, I think I've tried all the types of cuisine I could find during my travels. In one of my trips, I found something different, a recipe from Indo-china called the Chicken Manchurian.

Something big was going to happen, was what I thought when I started this part of my trip where I would not have someone's support. I spent the hours on the bus to Mysore and thought about what it would be like to be alone for so long. I had already lived it many times, but never in a place where communication was so difficult.

After literally finding a "mousetrap" for lodging, where the broken glass and its faded walls reminded me of that Resident Evil video game, I went to eat for the first time there. I decided to order the chicken Manchurian. It was not clear to which country to attribute this recipe since it is a usual dish in all the Chinese restaurants of Southeast Asia and India. To what the title sounds exotic, eh!? I also thought it was when I saw it. The thali I ordered never tasted so bland and the food was never as short as that day.

The afternoon was long as never before and in each corner, I saw more of the same even though I knew I was in a place with breathtaking landscapes. It was such boredom that I decided to go to an internet cafe to burn time, however, that day was closed, was what an old man with a turban told me that stopped me in his store.

The next day on the way to Hampi, I had to make a stop in Bangalore. On the bus, I became friendly with my fellow passenger. He accompanied me throughout the day and invited me to lunch. He stopped me and told me that I could not walk around South India eating like a beggar. He took a piece of Roti and then dunked it in some chicken Manchurian, and showed me the proper way to eat. We went back to the terminal and before taking my bus, he invited me to his marriage next year.

He told me that the Manchurian is an adaptation to the Chinese cuisine but perfectly could have included Malaysia. Since it is a country that received a massive emigration from China during the 19th century. And with the passage of time, the Manchurian sauce has become an entire institution. To the point that there is not a single Chinese restaurant in those latitudes that does not include it in its menu. Especially with cauliflower breaded in a mixture of flour, water, and spices typical of India (Gobi Manchurian).

This dish is very popular, this reminds me of Sandokan. The Tiger of Malaysia, I read books, magazines, etc. I saw movies about this character. Well, going back to the topic if you have not heard of it, I'll tell you something. The chicken Manchurian brings the best of both worlds of Indian and Chinese cuisine.

In India people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia live together. So it is not uncommon to see many Indians speaking Chinese or vice versa, or other languages. I prefer the soft sauce and like the others, I've tried, but some like a spicy sauce. By the way, people in those regions love food, very spicy, with saying that each table always has a pitcher of fresh water, to drink from time to time.

But its food is tasty. Cooks add a little more garlic, ginger and a couple of green chilies cut into squares. The chicken is coated with a paste and then fried in a pan, which assumes that it will have a smooth texture. The mixture where the pieces of chicken are placed are a combination of flour, cornstarch, egg, salt and pepper.

Paneer Butter Masala, Naan and Jeera Rice in Rajasthan

If you ask me what I like most about India, I think the answer will seem a little obvious. It is the food. I recommend that everyone before going to a country begin to know the Indian cuisine. For various reasons, but especially religious, many people in India are vegetarian. In some areas they are more strict and do not eat roots or tubers like potatoes, and carrots especially if they practice the Jain religion.

You will find many vegetarian dishes, from samosas, potatoes, dal, spinach, in different preparations that I will tell you. And the paneer cheese, which is used in Indian dishes and in the adaptations of Western dishes (pizzas, pasta, sandwiches). It is a very special cheese that seems to never melt, and that everyone does not like. It has nothing to do with tofu, because the paneer is made from animal milk, not soy, although it can have a similar consistency.

We arrived at a very small town called Mandawa in which the "hotel" was actually a very small inn. The meals were included, but do not imagine a buffet, much less a restaurant. On the terrace of the inn there were some very homemade tables where we sat and waited for our meal without much chance to decide, comment or ask. So in the name of God I received my plate without having any idea what I was going to eat.

We were served Paneer Lajawab, dal, jeera rice and naan. To talk about this dishes we must first know what paneer is. As they say, each chef has their recipe. I could define the paneer as a kind of fresh cheese made basically from milk curdled with lemon juice, and generally without salt. Paneer Lajawab is a stew made with cheese and tomato, some spices but not very hot. I would love to explain how delicious everything was and the satisfaction I felt eating, but the words would be short. I can tell you that from that moment the appetite returned to my body and stayed with me the rest of the trip.

We have another of my favorites, palak paneer and paneer butter masala. They are fresh cheese cooked in a butter sauce with spices. We lick our fingers. In some places the sauce is better than in others. Creamy is how I like it, as some are too liquid. To my surprise that was heavenly. Palak paneer, besides being really exquisite (despite appearances), is suitable for the most sensitive palates. It have not yet become accustomed to the widespread use of spices that occurs in this country. Palak paneer is a dish cooked with spinach in a saucepan over low heat. The result is a smooth, thick sauce, and like everything in this country is eaten with rice or alone, but always using the traditional roti or chapati as "covered". Although the less skilled can help us with a spoon!

In many occasions the palak paneer includes onion, ginger and spices in its preparation. Although, as I say, the result is usually mild and not unpleasant for those who still do not tolerate strong flavors .

Another similar dish, also with paneer as the main ingredient, is mattar paneer, which replaces spinach with peas. It is a very popular stew that you will also find in many thalis, although this time, yes, very spicy. An unmistakable flavor that will go straight to your palate!

The consumption of paneer is very widespread in India, because its high level of protein makes it the perfect complement in the vegetarian diet. Thus, we find the paneer as an ingredient in many dishes, as may be the pakoras, the dosa, or salads.

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