Monthly Archives: May 2012

Behind the scenes: on assignment in the Alentejo

Hit the North has been out country. The Alentejo region of Portugal, since you ask, on assignment for Wanderlust magazine.

The feature, combining wildlife spotting in the Vale do Guadiana Natural Park and hiking the Rota Vicentina, will be out probably in the autumn.

It wasn’t the smoothest assignment at times but I think I found a good angle in the end. Let’s just say that, after much searching, I found the quintessential example of rural village life.

Look out for the full story but, by way of a preview, here are some images from the trip.

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Behind the scenes: public art in Ghent

The third and probably final in a series of trips to Ghent, Flanders, took a public art angle with TRACK.

It was an odd story to cover: somewhat chaotic, at times baffling, often frustrating. Not easy in a short timeframe.

Still, I did come away with copy – thanks mainly to a smiling Italian artist and a book about Flemish sociology.

Here are some moments from the trip in images; check my Twitter feed for links to published stories.

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Wales Coast Path – the final walk

Hit the North is hanging up his walking boots for a while.

I’ve spent the last couple of months guest blogging for Visit Wales about the Wales Coast Path.

The project had its official inauguration at the weekend and we were there – sheltering from the wind behind Flint Castle.

I will be back to walk more section on a warmer day. After all, the whole 870-mile trail starts from here (pic above) in Sealand, a suburb of Chester just on my doorstep.

It’s the one with the sewage works in case you get lost.

Until then, however, and for those who missed it, here’s the list of links to the five blogs:

  1. North Wales
  2. Ceredigion
  3. Llyn Peninsula
  4. Carmarthenshire
  5. Glamorgan

I’d love to hear your comments and feedback.

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