Tag Archives: Peru

A-Z April Challenge – Uros Floating Islands

Back in 2001 Hamish and I were in Peru and as part of our tour of the country we visited Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable natural lake in the world. I do not remember too much about Puno apart from it being blessed cold in September, the starting point for […]

A-Z April Challenge – Lima

In 2001 I had a magic time in Peru and Bolivia with my travel buddy Hamish. There were loads of highlights topped by the three day hike to Machu Picchu. Our last night was in Lima, a city that we had already explored at the beginning of our three week trip. We just wanted to […]

Sunday Photo – 21

Following on from Friday’s photo, one of the beauties of doing the hike to Machu Picchu is that you arrive very early in the morning and have the sacred site pretty much to yourselves before the train arrives and those staying in the hotel nearby venture out after a full English. This photo shows much […]

Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail, Peru

Friday Photo – 20

In 2001 I did the three day hike to Machu Picchu. This photo is me after the hardest part of the walk, the ascent to what is known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,215 metres above sea-level. I don’t mind admitting that I was absolutely bushed when […]

Condors, Colca Canyon, Peru

That Condor Moment

As a rule I am unlucky with my wildlife spotting in the ‘wild’. A tigerless tiger safari in India, a whale free visit to Hermanus in South Africa, zero dolphins on a boat trip in Mauritius specifically arranged to see the grey beauties, not a cetacean to be seen on a whaling expedition in Iceland […]

Great Train Journey

In all the lists of the best train journeys, there is one that always amazes me by its absence. In 1999 I took the Puno to Cusco Express as an hors-d’oeuvre to the Machu Picchu Trail. The ten-hour journey from the shores of Lake Titticaca to the Inca capital passed through some stunning scenery, but never seems […]


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 […]

Luang Prabang, Laos

Mother’s Day

Today is of course Mothering Sunday, so I thought I would take the opportunity to post a few pictures of mothers with their children that I snapped on my travels….


The challenge (see below for full details) is to depict four elements in photographic form. I have seen some of the entries and aesthetically there are some awesome entries from extremely talented photographers. I just decided to go wit h the first four images that sprang to mind for each element, so here goes: FIRE […]

My Iconic Travel Moments

My number one travel experience is a very personal one, which involves a site that had almost mythical status during my childhood. You see, on June 8th 1957 my parents were married at St George’s Church, Tanglin, Singapore. I was brought up on tales of how they met in the army, got engaged on Christmas […]