The Roosevelt Island Cableway, New York

Fellow train travel author Matthew Woodward set me the Twitter challenge over the past week to post a black and white photo every day. I decided to use photographs from my January visit to New York when the wintry conditions made for the perfect black and white atmospheric conditions. Add that to the iconic, photogenic […]

‘On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent.’ After four years of bitter fighting, The Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918, exactly 100 years ago today. We should never forget and forever be […]

Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
Kalon Mosque Portico, Bukhara

A breakfast fit for kings at the Safiya Hotel was a perfect set-up for some serious sightseeing. We positively galloped towards the Ark, Bukhara’s fortress and home to Uzbekistan’s Royal Sultans through the ages. We stopped briefly en-route, intrigued by the tap, tap, tap noise emanating from a small courtyard. It was a chap chiseling […]

Dome of Mir-i-Arab Medressa, Bukhara

“The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.” Roald Dahl, The BFG Trafalgar Square Witch, London […]

“Workers of all lands unite”, is the proclamation on the headstone of the renowned Prussian (modern Germany) philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist, author and socialist revolutionary Karl Marx (1818-1883). That’s quite a CV and indeed Marx is credited with being one of the most influential people in history, his ideas and ideals forming […]