Category April A-Z Challenge

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – D for Damascus

The capital was to be the last port of call on our magical Syrian tour in 2009. Damascus vies with Aleppo as being the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, both having a history of over 6,000 years. Like its Northern neighbour (see my entry for A), Damascus is stuffed with highlights. Umayyad Mosque […]

Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Town

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – C For Cape Town

We loved Cape Town when we visited in 2003 as part of a fifteen day trip to South Africa. We stayed for four nights either side of journeys along the Wine Route & around the Western Cape, which you can also read about on my blog. On our first two nights we stayed centrally. Our […]

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – B For Bilbao

Continuing the challenge with day 2, the Basque city of Bilbao. Bilbao Situated in the North of Spain close to the border with France, Bilbao is like no other Spanish city I had ever visited. The language is totally different for a start and the people definitely see themselves as Basque first and Spanish second. […]

Aleppo Citadel, Syria

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – A For Aleppo

As many of you may know, Aleppo is my favourite city I have ever visited. We all know the fate that befell this metropolis inhabited for the past 6,000 years that is situated on the ancient Silk Road. I won’t dwell on the horrendous occurrences of the last 9 years though, but will show things […]

A-Z April Challenge

With April 2018 now a memory it is time to reflect on my 3rd A-Z Challenge. Year One was Amsterdam to Zurich as cities visited was my theme, to be followed by transportation from Aeroplane to Zeppelin and finally this year’s theme – sights I had seen on my travels. 26 blog posts in 30 […]

A-Z April Challenge – Zebras of Africa

In November 2003 Mrs Wilbur and I ventured on to date our only ever safari. Our destination was the Akeru Lodge inside the Kruger National Park in South Africa. We saw plenty of lions, elephants, rhino, giraffes, antelopes & apes, but amongst our favourite animal sightings were the horses in striped pyjamas. We even took […]

A-Z April Challenge – Yad Vashem

There is something haunting about visiting somewhere connected to the Holocaust. I am yet to visit an ex concentration camp and the closest that I have come are museums in Warsaw and Terezin in Czechia and the disturbing Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, as well as the subject of my post. Yad Vashem based in […]

A-Z April Challenge – X Marks The Spot, Balaclava

The eX-nuclear submarine base in Balaclava in the Crimea was such a secret that the town of Balaclava did not appear on maps and even the families of engineers, scientists & technicians who worked there had no idea that the base existed! The facility is built into the cliff face and was hidden from the […]

A-Z April Challenge – Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok

Bangkok can best be described as manic and magnificent in equal measure. Amongst all of the wonderful chaos you have the splendour of the Grand Palace and its nearby little brother, the Wat Pho Temple (or Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn to give its official name!). The grounds and temples are splendid, but the undoubted main […]

A-Z April Challenge – Volubilis, Morocco

During an independent tour of Morocco we headed north out of Marrakesh to the cities of Meknes & Fes. The scenic route took us through the Atlas Mountains where we slept in tents and visited waterfalls, raging rivers and colourful markets. En route to the incredible city of Fes, we stopped at the Roman ruins […]