A Heart is Like a Compass
A heart does not understand boundaries
A heart is like a compass
It only knows what it feels
and points that way
A compass needle knows only to point to true North
A heart only points in a direction it feels True
My heart only points, without shame, to you
The same, no matter where I turn, or what I do
Loving you seems the only thing to do
By James T Adair
“Life is a journey” is seen as a cliché these days yet, as with many clichés it has a resonance to which we can all relate. The compass is a tangible symbol for the adventure that is life and the different paths and directions we take along the way. Continue reading
Cicadas zither noisily in the midday sun. The heat is all-enveloping and brings out the scent of oregano and basil, whilst in the distance the tap-tapping of a lone archaeologist travels across seemingly endless columns, archways and fallen statues.
Sitting half way up the cool marble seats of the Theatre at Aphrodisias, Turkey, you are transported to another world; a world without the immediate gratification of internet access, mobile phone messages, plane travel and fast food. Continue reading
First impression of the quaint fishing harbour of Molle (Mölle) on the west coast of Skane (Skåne), Sweden, is that you’re in some New England seaside village.
Maybe it’s the old wooden houses painted in white with traditional red roofs which overlook the ever-changing ocean twirling and swooshing along its stone walls and sandy beaches. Originally a prosperous fishing community in the 19th century, the village is now a popular holiday destination, with many Swedes having holiday homes in the area. Continue reading
Posted in Europe, Holiday
Tagged coast, harbour, Holiday, kullaberg, Kullaberg Nature Reserve, molle, seaside, skane, sweden, ystad
Our book club meets every two months. There are about 12 of us and our literary tastes vary greatly, but we all enjoy the variety of books we get to read and the stimulating (and at times quite challenging!) conversations we have about them. It was my turn to pick this month and I chose ‘The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson‘ *
I had given up on the book when it first came out but because so many recommended it, I persevered and enjoyed its idiosyncratic romp through 20th century history and the somewhat amoral adventures of its central Swedish character Allan Karlsson. Continue reading
Batllo House, Gaudi – photo Matinibz
Looking for a city break that combines beauty with brains? There are so many to choose from! Here are 3 cultural cities in Europe where you can have a great time exploring and also relax in style.
One of my favourite cities in the world, never mind Europe, Amsterdam has culture and great beauty, plus a fun vibe… Continue reading
Lakes Culture aims to bring together the area’s tourism and cultural sectors to better promote the wealth of cultural activities on offer reaffirming the area as the UK’s leading rural cultural destination.
In a this interview with Lakes Culture I talk about my love for the Lake District, share tips on places to eat and stay, winning the Culture & History Blogger and my favourite view on the Lake District.
Read 5 minutes with Zoë Dawes – Lakes Culture.
I won the DFDS ‘Best Culture and History Blogger’ Award! See previous post Vote for Best Travel Blogger for why I entered. Click here to visit The Quirky Traveller Blog 🙂
Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me. Read all about it and interview here National award for travel writer Zoë Dawes.
Those of you who read my blog regularly will know how much I love culture and history. Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by both subjects. Continue reading