I took this photo five minutes ago from our kitchen window in Surrey, UK.

A Brief History of Cuba’s Sugar Industry You may not know it but Cuba used to be one of the most prosperous nations on earth. The prosperity of the nation was transformed in the 1790s when sugar traders fled the slave rebellion in Hispaniola (modern day Haiti and Dominican Republic) for their much bigger neighbours. […]

I have always appreciated an aesthetically pleasing building and my appreciation of Art Deco was heightened when I visited Miami in the early 2000s. Although I don’t exactly go out of my way to spot certain buildings, if they happen to be located where I find myself I will go out of my way to […]

Che Guevara Statue, Santa Clara, Cuba

Before I visited Cuba I had of course heard of Che Guevara. Now I feel I know him. Che was born in Rosario in 1928, Argentinian but part Irish through his paternal grandparents. All his life he struggled with asthma, but this did not stop him loving and playing rugby and qualifying as a doctor. Ernesto […]

Skyros is a small island in the Sporades group that includes the better known Skiathos, Alonnisos & Skopelos. More traditional and less touristy than its neighbours, it is beautiful with sandy Aegean beaches, aromatic pine forests and a picture postcard town of white buildings & winding cobbled alleys. In fact it is a perfect destination […]

Number 1 – Cambodia with Mrs Wilbur Anybody that has been to South East Asia will instantly remember the first time that they ventured there. It is a region like no other. A culture completely alien to those of us that live in the West. A region that is completely intoxicating and leaves you wanting […]

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Number 2 – Samarkand, Uzbekistan My 2018 trip to Uzbekistan with travel buddy Hamish was absolutely superb. You may already have read about the Turkmenistan leg of the trip (Darvaza Gas Crater was iconic travel moment number 4). Uzbekistan just about edged it for me, and even then it was a pretty close call between […]

Iguacu Falls. Brazil - The Devil's Throat

Number 3 – Iguaçu/Iguazú Falls, Brazil & Argentina Iguazu Falls straddle a border between South America’s two largest nations and consist of the widest set of falls in the world. Having flown in from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazú, we stayed on the Argentinian side of the great divide, but were first to visit the […]

Number 4 – The Gate to Hell in Turkmenistan Turkmenistan was a truly amazing country to visit. From its surreal capital of Ashgabat to Ancient Merv and the city of Mary. One site however stands out as a truly memorable experience from my 2018 visit – the Darvaza Gas Crater in the remote Karakum Desert. […]