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Train to Provence

When the lovely chaps from Eurostar announced summer travels direct from London to Marseille, I immediately thought “I’ll have some of that!” The inaugural service via Lyon & Avignon was on 1st May 2015 and just a shade over three years later I took the plunge with Mrs Wilbur and our great friend Chris. At […]

The Joy Of Booking

I subscribe to the notion that the joy of a trip should be in the journey as well as the destination or more often than not the destinations. I love getting somewhere by train if possible. For example, SNCF strike permitting, I am off to Marseille by train from London in a few weeks. Eight […]

Taxi!

I share a loathing of taxis with the author of one of my favourite fellow bloggers, Andrew Petcher. A recent post of his inspired me to write this short piece. I find taxis to be over-priced at the best of times and my aversion to them has seen me get hopelessly lost on several occasions when […]

Sunday Photo – Blue Mosque, Yerevan

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 […]