Visiting Petra – the land of rock hewn temples, thousands of ancient treasures… and Indiana Jones

First off… I made a mistake with our itinerary. Petra deserves two days, even for two people who walk and walk all day, and cover large sites very quickly. There is just so much to see here! We started at the crack of dawn. We decided to hire one of the guides, and the young […]

Walking on Gozo, Malta

Small enough to walk around the entire coast in a couple of days, Gozo is the small sibling of Malta, only half an hour away by ferry. Busy along the main street that bisects the island, away from this the island is like a nature reserve – left to their own devices, the plants grow […]

The beauty at hand – St Albans – Home!

“Why spend your time travelling when there is so much to explore under our very feet?” It is a good argument, and clearly not one I subscribe to. I do however live in a very nice place. If I were to visit St Albans as part of a trip, I would be impressed. And so […]

Clean air, clear water, pure tranquility – Kattfjord, arctic Norway; the perfect secret getaway

If I ever go missing, here’s how you’ll most likely find me. Fly up to Tromso in northern Norway, several hundred miles above the Arctic Circle. Hire a car from the airport, and take a drive west for around 50km to the shores of Kattfjord. You’ll know you are somewhere special as you pass along […]

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – Sri Lanka

The name itself conjures up an image of a cutesy tourist attraction, and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage does not disappoint. A natural stop on the road to Kandy, the elephant orphanage organises regular feeding slots to coincide with the passing traffic. The highlight of the day however is bathing time, when all the elephants are led […]

Key West – the end of the world (or America at least)

Wherever we go, somehow we manage to be there off-season. We get there just as the rest of the world has decided it’s too hot/cold/windy/humid to visit. And so it was with our trip to Florida – taken in June admittedly as we were out of a home in NY having sub-let our appartment (sssssh) […]

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay – Picture Perfect

Have you ever wandered around a place and wished all the people would go so that you could take the right picture? This is a place where you can walk the streets, see the perfect shot, size it up from many angles and be confident that a stray intruder will not spoil your picture at […]

Kata Tjuta at Sunset – Australia’s red centre

Meaning “many heads”, this outcrop of rocks not far from Ayers Rock (Uluru) is a favoured sunset visit while staying in this barren area. Named the Olgas by the Europeans (in honour of Queen Olga of Wurttemberg) it is less than an hour’s drive from the main accommodations around the Ayers Rock resort. We took […]

Carcassonne – making it easy to picture the past

I had seen pictures of Carcassonne years before, and marvelled at the completeness of the walled city, compared to many of the ruined castles of Wales or England. So we included it within our trip around SW France; and it proved to be a real highlight. Walking through the old city gates, the narrow cobbled […]

Paradise – La Digue, Seychelles

As a rule we never visit the same place twice. The world is too big, and time too short. We explore a new destination as much as we can and move on. And while every place we have visited holds some good memories, few have left us with a longing to return. The Seychelles are […]