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A-Z April Challenge

With April 2018 now a memory it is time to reflect on my 3rd A-Z Challenge. Year One was Amsterdam to Zurich as cities visited was my theme, to be followed by transportation from Aeroplane to Zeppelin and finally this year’s theme – sights I had seen on my travels. 26 blog posts in 30 […]

A-Z April Challenge – Prambanan, Indonesia

For an Islamic country as Indonesia is, it has some fine religious buildings representing other faiths. I have already blogged in the A-Z Challenge about the amazing Javanese Buddhist temple of Borobudur and now it is the turn of the nearby Hindu shrine of Prambanan. I visited Java & Bali in 1997 (we were actually […]

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 – Garni and Geghard Monastery, Armenia

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 […]

A-Z April Challenge – French Quarter, New Orleans

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 […]

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 […]

Z – MY TWENTY-SIXTH (AND LAST) TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

As fascinated as I am with the zeppelin, I am far too young to have flown in one and there is not a chance with my vertigo that I would entertain riding a zip wire. So what to choose for my ‘Z’ transportation theme? Well, on the basis that my regular travel companions have stated […]

X-RATED -MY TWENTY-FOURTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I have been on a few x-rated journeys in my time. Any overnight bus journey (especially Odessa to Sevastopol 2011), the freezing Nis to Sofia train that I have already recounted on this blog, a car breakdown a few miles outside Ipswich on the way back to Devon, a turbulence ridden flight on a Tupolev […]

WHALE SPOTTING BOAT – MY TWENTY-THIRD TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

It was my 50th Birthday in January and to celebrate, Mrs Wilbur & I headed for Iceland. It was all arranged for a very special day – whale watching in the afternoon and the Northern Lights in the evening. Off we trotted full of enthusiasm, confident that the cetaceans would be out in force for […]

VESSEL – MY TWENTY-SECOND TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I have been on vessels of all shapes and sizes from rowing boats to cruise ships from battle ships to pleasure boats and from submarines to a Chinese junk. You have already read accounts of my experiences on a paddle steamer, a foxtrot sub, a ferry boat, a kayak and some cruise ships, whilst there […]