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Marrakech Koutoubia Mosque & Djemaa El Fna

Africa Day – Part One

Today is officially Africa Day. According to the South African Government website, “Africa Day is intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU now the AU) from its creation in May 25, 1963 in the fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as the progress that Africa has made, […]

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Eastern European Train Tours – A Free Globetrotters Travel Club Presentation

As you may know by now I am very partial to overseas train travel, most especially in Eastern Europe. This Saturday at 1pm UK time I will be giving a light-hearted presentation on some of the tours that I have undertaken in the past as part of a free programme on Zoom presented by Globetrotters. […]

Marrakech Koutoubia Mosque & Djemaa El Fna

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – M For Marrakech

Mrs Wilbur and I visited the eclectic Moroccan city in 2005 as part of a mini tour of Morocco. We started and ended in Marrakech with the tour taking us through the Atlas Mountains to get close to the locals, on to Meknes, Volubilis & Fes, before taking a train back down south. Marrakech, Morocco […]

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – L for Luang Prabang

I have visited the chilled small city in Laos on two occasions, the first time with Hamish in 2010 and again with Mrs Wilbur in 2015. Easily the most spiritual city I have visited (especially the first time), here are a few highlights. The Mekong One of the world’s great rivers flows through Luang Prabang. […]

Kaliningrad, Russia - Maritime Museum At Sunset

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – K for Kaliningrad

I visited the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad in 2014 for 72-hours, having arrived by bus from Gdansk and then leaving by train for Minsk. It has actually been my only visit to Russia thus far, although I do have a Trans- Mongolian train trip (St Petersburg to Beijing) booked for later this year that now […]

Sunday Photo – The Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba, Spain

According to a traditional account, a small Visigoth church, stood on the site. In 784 Abd al-Rahman I ordered construction of the Great Mosque, which was considerably expanded by later Muslim rulers. Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista and the building was converted to a Catholic church. Much of the original design happily remains, […]

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 […]

North West Italy Train Tour

Northern Italy is really suffering at the moment as we all know only too well. Italy is probably the favourite European travel destination for many, and with good reason. It has to be hoped that we are able to visit the historic country again in a few months. I have nothing but fond memories of […]