I’m a former newsdesk production editor at MailOnline and before that I was news editor at the Daily Express – now though addicted to travel. In 2017, I visited 18 cities: Dublin, Split, Prague, Lisbon, Sardinia, Sofia, Hanoi, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, Ipoh, KL, Singapore, Bali, Gili Islands, Palawan, Manila, Seoul and Tokyo.
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I am cycling my way around Wallonia in southern Belgium.
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In early September, I was in the Pomurje region in the north east of Slovenia. If 99% of people head only to Ljubljana and then to Lake Bled, be the first to see Prekmurje. I ate all the food an tasted all the drinks so I can confirm it’s all amazing. They’ve meats to rival prosciutto, chocs as tasty as a Belgian bar and star wines as fine as the French. The views are jaw dropping, the orchids are top rate and then there’s the gibanica. The piece de resistance though is the black water, which is found nowhere else on earth!
In August I was in Estonia. I stayed in Tallinn for more than a week visiting Haapsalau and the food festival in Tartu.
In July I visited Stockholm, Sweden, the country that’s home to H&M, Ikea, Volvo, Fika, Abba, Roxette, the Nobel Prize, Greta Garbo, Steig Larson, the late Avicii and quite a lot of Gustavs. Enter the sun, slushie beer, the World Cup and it’s pure Scandi Candy!
In Croatia, I visited Split where I hiked Mosor mountain, visited Omiš, watched the famous Dalmatian opera Mala Flormye, ate Soparnik and discovered the shoe brand Borovo aka Starters. I climbed Marjan Hill and sailed to five islands, seeing the Blue Cave on Biševo, the Green Cave on Raunik, stopped on Vis, swam in the freezing Adriatic from Budikovac and then ended on the sunniest island of all – Hvar . I also went to the capital Zagreb experiencing Špica, and then spent two days walking around the lakes in Plitvice. I even made the newspaper – see below!
When you travel, don’t plan so much. Hang around, eat something, walk a bit, talk to someone, it’s easy
Natalie Chalk is one of those people you wish you could encounter more often. She is positive, well-spoken, has a beautiful ability of seeing things around her – and she’s interested in almost everything!