The mighty Mekong has its source in the Tibetan Plateau in China and flows through China’s Yunnan Province and onto Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before reaching the South China Sea in Southern Vietnam. It is the 12th longest river in the world at around 4,350 km and is the lifeblood for millions of South […]

Located about ten km outside the Bolivian capital is situated the strange natural phenomenon that is Valle de la Lune or Luna Valley. It isn’t actually a valley at all, but a maze of canyons and giant spires. The formations, composed mainly of clay and sandstone, were created by the persistent erosion of mountains by the area’s […]

In 1999 I found myself in Orlando in Florida whilst working within the cruise industry. I had a meeting with a now defunct cruise line based in Cape Canaveral, so decided to go and see some rockets whilst there. Since December 1968, Kennedy Space Center has been NASA’s primary launch centre of human spaceflight. Launch […]

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) […]

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 […]

Ho Chi is to Vietnam what Lenin is to Russia. Indeed, just like the Russian revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh has been preserved with chemicals and lies in state in a purpose built mausoleum in the Vietnamese capital. An irony then that to coincide with my visit to Hanoi in November 1998, the Great Minh had […]

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 […]

Armenia is a wonderful country and its premier monastery is in a beautiful location. We visited Geghard Monastery, together with the Roman temple of Garni on a half-day trip out of the Armenian capital of Yerevan. We hired a taxi driver for £20 and set off. First stop was Garni, a Greek style temple dating […]

The architecture of the French Quarter was left largely unscathed from the havoc caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Lucky for visitors as the area houses some of the finest buildings to be found is Louisiana’s best known city. My visit was in 2000 when I was lucky enough to be paid to travel there […]