I recently set up my publishing website over at http://www.hornbillpublishing.co.uk showcasing my current and future books. Take a look and give the site a follow if you can. Covid driven staycations have also had me reading more than usual as an imaginary escape, so I have decided to leave reviews of the books I read. […]

Bird Sanctuary, The Camargue, France
Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

#7 – Damascus, Syria (population estimated 1.8 million) I visited Damascus in 2009, two years before civil war broke out. As a government stronghold, the main city has seen relatively little damage compared to the territories that were held by ‘rebel factions’ or ISIS. We travelled by bus from the Roman ruins at Palmyra and […]

I took this blue photo in Trinidad de Cuba in January 2017. Cuba is a truly wonderful country to visit – I would love to go again!

I should be in St Petersburg now at the start of a long anticipated trans-Mongolian rail adventure to Beijing. Sadly that has been put back until March 2021, though with Mongolia’s border shut like a clam for the foreseeable future, who knows when it might actually happen. Kaliningrad This means that Kaliningrad remains the only […]

Hong Kong, China (population 7.4 million) I visited the then British colony in 1996, a trip that was also to see me taking a slow boat to China and a fast one to then Portuguese Macau. I travelled with my brother Ed and we had a fantastic time. Here are some of the highlights. Victoria […]

The trogon is the national bird of Cuba on account of its plumage being the same colour as the Cuban flag. I spotted it in woods near Trinidad in 2017 and although the picture is pretty blurry, I was nethertheless pleased to capture it before it flew off.

#9 – Hanoi, Vietnam (population 7.8 million) The capital of Vietnam is situated in the north of the country and despite its smaller size it is altogether far less frenzied than Ho Chi Minh City. I visited the previously war torn nation in 1998 when it was far less popular to do so than it […]

Bibi-Khanym Mosque Interior, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Remarkably it is nearly two-years since my epic trip to Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. My photo today comes from what many consider to be Samarkand’s fourth biggest draw, the awesome Bibi-Khanym Mosque. The tilework and artwork are exquisite and in most cities would be the premier attraction. Samarkand really does spoil you! Join me and a […]