By far the craziest and most bizarre night out I've had in London was a result of finding myself in the company of 'The Book Club Boutique'- a collection of London's most wonderfully eccentric characters having a jolly good knees-up.
It's an incredibly artistic experience, with bands playing, poets reading, actors swooning and tales of life and love being shared- all set in the beautiful and intimate chapel of the House of St. Barnabas on Greek St.
There's plenty of excellent drink flowing too, especially the exotic cocktails with hilariously unbelievable names- I just wish I could remember them!
The immense Kymer temple complex of Angkor Wat has been cited by many as being the world's "8th wonder"- with good reason.
It's vastness and grandeur envelops you from the moment you exit the canopy of the long, straight road from Siem Reap and you can't help but feel you've stepped far back into a magical time.
This magnificent sensation was enhanced when I decided to hire a bicycle and set off at 4am from Siem Reap to reach the temple while it was dark dark. It was incredible being able to sit back and watch the entire sunrise unfold with the temple's silhouette slowly coming into view, hearing only the flutter of dragonflies hovering over the pond in front of me.
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Gammel Ry is a small but thriving village in central Jutland, who's inhabitants are some of the most active in all of Denmark (they enjoy a huge variety of clubs considering the village's size).
If meeting some of these incredibly friendly and enthusiastic people wasn't inspiration alone to visit, there's the beautiful landscape and the activities it enables; all in the range of a few minute's walk you have the choice to:
- Trek through the region's giant scandinavian forests
- View the countryside by cycling around the (hedgeless!) bike friendly roads that lace the rolling hills
- Kayak on one of the many nearby lakes or rivers
- Or even, if you're a winter lover, go cross country skiing when the area is blanketed in it's deep annual snowfall.
Combined, this makes Gammel Ry a fantastic place to visit if you're looking to get healthy, inspired and injected with life!
The village lies a few kilometers from the much larger town that sprang up later on, Ry.
Ry is located in the Skanderborg municipality in Jutland, Denmark's most western major island, and is easy to get to by road or train (look for Ry train station!).
There are two small roads that lead towards Gammel Ry from Ry, the journey of which can be cycled at a steady pace in around 20 minutes.
What with Denmark being the extremely bike-friendly nation it is, Ry has cycle shops that provide bikes for rent.
'Ry Cykler' is one such shop
Parallelvej 9B, 8680 Ry
and it's phone number:
(+45) 86 89 14 91
The best place to stay in Gammel Ry is the 'Gl Rye Kro', a lovely old Public house and restaurant which has had one of it's wings turned into guest house.
It even boasts an indoor swimming pool and health club for guests!
Ryesgade 8 Gammel Rye Ry, 8680 Denmark
and it's phone number:
(+45) 86 89 80 42
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