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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Travel and tourism

The draw of the Hörnlihütte

Itching to visit the historic Hörnlihütte in Zermatt.

A place of irregular marriages

Gretna Green, Scotland

The small town of Gretna Green, which lies alongside the M6/A74M on the border between Scotland and England, is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world.

Land’s End

Land's End, Cornwall

Our holiday to the south of England this summer took us to the most south-westerly point of the British mainland.

The rolling hills of Basel-Land

Rickenbach, Switzerland

Photographing picturesque villages amongst the rolling hills of canton Basel-Land.

Hotel tip for central London

Save your money for fun stuff and stay at a Premier Inn when you’re in London. Chain hotels, but excellent locations, high standards and free wifi.

Stunning

Wyssebach Falls, Susten, Switzerland

There’s a trend these days for people to use the word “stunning”: from tabloid newspapers to t.v. presenters. And their use of the word so often makes everyone else use it. A view of the sea: “stunning”. A fashionable dress: “stunning”. A film star looking average on a red carpet somewhere: “stunning”. I think that use of the… (Read More)

Oeschinenalp to Blüemlisalp glacier via Heuberg and Oberbärgli

Hiking along a panoramic path above the lake at Oeschinensee and then over-doing it on a much steeper, rockier path on the way to the Blümlisalphütte.

New sales film from the Schilthorn

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The Schilthorn Cableway has released a new short advertising film today, and as usual, it makes me want to head for Mürren straight away.

Smugglers’ Island

Burgh Island, off the coast of Devon, was re-christened by Agatha Christie in 1941 for her famous Hercule Poirot novel “Evil Under The Sun”.

Frauenbad am Stadthausquai

Bathing in public was forbidden to the women of Zurich until 1837. Once the ban had been lifted, the city constructed a bathing house on the river Limmat, alongside the Stadthausquai next to the city hall.