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A-Z April Challenge – Norias of Hama, Syria

In May 2009 I was lucky enough to visit Syria. This is how it was before the tragic conflict. Hama is famous for its norias, huge wooden water wheels used to lift water from the River Orontes to irrigate the crops. It is claimed that they date back to 1100 BC and although no longer […]

A-Z April Challenge – Jerash

I visited Jordan in 2005 and whilst Petra was as you may expect the undoubted highlight, the Roman ruins of Jerash was not far behind. I am yet to visit the likes of Persepolis, Carthage and Leptis Magna, but having been to Volubilis, Butrint, Pompeii, Baalbek, Beit Sheehan and others, I would put Jerash (Gerasa) […]

A-Z April Challenge – Inca Trail

Not somebody that you would put in the ‘athletic’ category, the three day hike along the trail at altitude to Machu Picchu was one of the most physically demanding things that I have done. I so nearly didn’t get the opportunity………. It was 2001 and we had embarked on a three week tour of Peru […]

Sunday Photos – Orthodox Easter

Today is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox Church with celebrations in the likes of Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine & Romania taking place today. These pictures were taken on Friday evening and after midnight this morning in and around the St Constantine & St Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Norwood, South London. Christ’s Epitaph […]

WRiTE CLUB

Whilst registering for this year’s April A-Z Challenge I came across a really inspirational writing competition named WRiTE CLUB. Now in its 7th year, the contest is the brainchild of D L Hammons and takes the form of an internet based writing knock-out where you are pitted against other writers. The long list of entries […]

The Bridges of Europe – Part Two, Southern Europe

Korinth (Corinth) The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, the […]

Year Of The Dog – A Chinese Restaurant Experience

In honour of the Chinese New Year of the Dog I am sharing again my stand-out restaurant experience in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, or Canton to give its anglicised name. My brother and I had travelled to the birthplace of Chiang Kai-shek, who served as the leader of the Republic of China between […]

My Favourite Travel Guidebook

For me, travel guidebooks are like your favourite football team – you should never change once you have nailed your colours to the mast. I have tried out Rough Guides, Footprint, AA, Frommer’s & DK Eye Witness, but for me there has only ever been one winner – Lonely Planet. They first guided me in […]

Roosevelt Tramway

Originally posted on On Track:
Click on TRAM to see a video of the tramway in operation from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan, New York.

Berlin – A Day Trip

I decided to suss out a day trip for my birthday. Ideally I wanted to leave from Gatwick, which is less than thirty minutes from my home, and it needed to be possible to fit in a good few hours exploring. I narrowed the choices quickly down to Toulouse or Berlin, both served by easyJet […]