Alex Nichol | Designer, writer and photographer from up North

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Squirrels of Peasholm Park

We took a wander around Peasholm Park in Scarborough to meet some of the locals. The cafe there does little bags of pellets that the wild squirrels seem to love....

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Laamu Atoll

It was my better half's 40th birthday this year, so I treated her to a week on a desert island in the Indian Ocean. After a gruelling eighteen months, we...

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Chickens of Pickering

Most people said we were mad to go camping on the last weekend of October. They were probably right. But we did get to meet a few feathered critters at...

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Monkey World Dorset

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Monkey World - the ape rescue and rehabilitation centre on the South coast of England - I'd definitely recommend it, although probably...

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Jurassic Coast

If I hadn't driven there myself, I'd have sworn I was in the South of France. It was about 28°c outside, so we chose to spend the day roasting in...

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The Road Home

I can't recall exactly where this was taken, but it was somewhere along the A66 on our way back from the Alpacaly Ever After near Bassenthwaite, Cumbria. The late evening...

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Alpacaly Ever After

If there's a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than feeding a herd of Alpacas in the Lake District, I don't want to know what it is. Canon EOS...

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Venice

After the first wave of lockdown came to an end, we took the gamble and booked a week in the beautiful city of Venice to satisfy our itchy feet. Canon...

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Omaha Beach War Cemetery

My second stop today was quite overwhelming; no photograph I could take would ever do it justice. The American War Cemetery at Omaha Beach, where more than 9,000 servicemen are...

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Mont Saint-Michel

Just when I was beginning to think the west coast of France was mind-numbingly dull (which it is, to be honest) it serves up Mont Saint-Michel, a tiny medieval island...

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Rural France

I came across many cute little towns, villages and farmsteads on my ride from Occitanie in the South, to Normandy in the North of France; the country is filled with...

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Château de Chambord

Château de Chambord is a distinctive French renaissance castle built for King Francis I in the 16th century. It was originally designed to serve as a hunting lodge. The current...

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Millau Viaduct

The first 530 mile leg of my long journey home was pretty uneventful, except for the massively impressive (and just plain massive) Millau Viaduct, which is a marvel of engineering....

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Monaco

The seventh leg of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Monaco, the second smallest country in the world. The day did not go according to plan. Canon EOS...

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Verzasca Dam

Just North of the Swisstalian border, I stopped off to marvel at the Verzasca Dam (also known as the Contra Dam), a curved concrete monstrosity made famous by the 1995...

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Furka Pass

Some of the most enjoyable sections of my journey from Brienz in Switzerland to the North of Italy were along the Furka Pass, a stunning stretch of road some 2,429m...

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Stein Glacier

Day six of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to the Stein Glacier, a 5km river of ice terminating in an almost fluorescent pool of turquoise melt water just...

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Klimsenkapelle

The fifth leg of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to the Klimsenkapelle 1,864m above sea level at Klimsenhornjoch on the Pilatus massif, Switzerland. This cute little chapel is...

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Mount Pilatus

The fifth leg of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Pilatus 'The Dragon Mountain'; a massive hill towering some 2,128m above Lucerne in the Swiss Alps. Canon EOS...

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Staubbach Falls

The fourth stop on my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Lauterbrunnen, a cute little village wedged within a rocky cravasse, deep in the Swiss Alps.

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Gelmerbahn Funicular

After Lauterbrunnen, the third leg of my European motorcycle tour brought me to the Gelmerbahn Funicular a cable railway in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

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Brienzersee

The third leg of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Lake Brienz in the Interlaken region of Switzerland. It is one of my favourite places on Earth and...

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Mont Blanc

The second leg of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Chamonix a busy little ski resort at the foot of Mont Blanc.

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Lake Annecy

The first stop-over on my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of France. I didn't stay for long, as I still had several...

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Wast Water

I was at a loose end over the weekend, so I decided to jump in the van and head over to Wast Water in the Lake District for a night...

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The Devil's Pulpit

Hidden away, North West of Glasgow, on the road to Loch Lomond lies a 100ft deep gorge called The Devil's Pulpit (also known as Finnich Glen).

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Neist Point Lighthouse

I didn't have time to take the stroll down to Neist Point Lighthouse but the view of it from the cliff's edge was stunning enough.

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Eaten Alive

I came across this handsome fella on the road to Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye. He came straight across to me as I approached, and graciously posed...

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The Fairy Glen

I don't know if the landscape of the Fairy Glen is natural or man-made, but there's something really odd about its unnaturally terraced hillsides. I chose the wrong time of...

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The Old Man of Storr

When I first arrived at The Old Man of Storr, it was shrouded in mist and I wasn't sure if it'd be worth the trek from the tiny muddy car...