Kalalau Trail, Hawaii, USA December 2015


Aloha! I have just returned from another brief escape – this time to hike the Kalalau Trail on Kauai Island in Hawaii. I am determined that a pair of hiking boots will take me to see the most amazing landscapes …

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Switzerland and Liechtenstein by Train, August 2015


I’ve spent the last week in a jaunt criss-crossing Switzerland and the postage stamp – sized principality of Liechtenstein using the Swiss Rail network. It is a mighty efficient and punctual way to travel! Some of the journeys are truly …

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The Haute Route – walking the Swiss Alps, August 2015


It was time once again to challenge the physical body and so I have just returned sun-bronzed and weary from hiking the walker’s ‘Haute Route’ – a classic summer trek across the Swiss Alps. From the shadow of Mont Blanc …

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Philippines Montaña y Mare, November 2014


Magandang araw!  I’m writing after a brief escape to the Philippines which I fashioned into a montaña y mare (reef ‘n turf) adventure. I journeyed north of Manila on the main island of Luzon to the Cordillera mountain region. At …

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Lake Khuvsgul, Mongolia, August 2014


  My trip ends by the shores of Lake Khuvsgul in northern Mongolia- the smaller sister of Lake Baikal in Siberia. So stark is the difference in landscape after rolling on for more than a week through interminable grassy steppe. …

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From Genghis to Stalin, Mongolia July 2014


The Mongols have helped fill many chapters of the history books but this was another empire that crumbled back to dust. The Huns originated from the Mongolian steppe and spread to conquer large sections of Eastern Europe (under Atila the …

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The Gobi Desert, Mongolia, July 2014

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  Sain bainu! My latest adventure finds me in Central Asia doing an overland trip across Mongolia. I’ll take you on the journey from the Southern Gobi Desert to the northern ‘taiga’ forests that border Siberia. I’ve started my trek …

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The Frankincense Trail, Oman March 2014


My latest travels have taken me to the south of Oman, just a stone’s throw from the Yemen border. Close enough you say! Yes it’s a fine line to tread – this side of the border is boundless Omani warmth …

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The Sultan’s Palace, Oman March 2014


It seems to me such a shame to arrive in an exotic land by ways of a generic international airport. I would very much have liked to arrive at the port of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman by boat! First sight …

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Of Gargoyles and the Flaming Green Fairy- Czech Republic, October 2013


My latest post comes from the Czech Republic whose lands were known in the Middle Ages as the Kingdoms of Bohemia and Moravia. While travelling through Eastern Europe has often given me pause to digest the sobering events that marked …

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