The Maldives- a Tale of Atolls and Mating Octopus, November 2019

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Who can say where the wonder or the wanderlust ends? It should come as no surprise then that I’ve popped up in the middle of the Indian Ocean again for a week of scuba diving in the Maldives. Off the …

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Being Italian, Sardinia July 2019

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My journey has taken an unexpected twist as I was invited by friends who live in Verona to stay with them briefly at their holiday house in Sardinia. July is an excellent time to hike in the mountains in Italy …

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Dolomiti, Italy July 2019

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It’s been time to test the physical body again and I’ve chosen the magnificent landscapes of the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy for my latest obstacle course. The Alta Via 1 (High Way 1) is a famed trek that …

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Craters, Canyons and Creole, Réunion Island, April 2019

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My last stop on my Indian Ocean voyage has been Réunion Island- a little corner of France (an overseas French Department) next to Africa. Although the island is rimmed by beaches and coral reefs, at its heart it is volcanic. …

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Hoist the Sails, Seychelles Islands, April 2019

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I’ve drifted further north now to spend a week aboard a century-old Dutch sailing schooner exploring some of the inner islands of the Seychelles. This little Republic comprises more than a hundred granite and coral islands scattered over an area …

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Land of the Dodo, Mauritius, April 2019

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I have washed up this past week on the Island of Mauritius in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a stone’s throw east of Madagascar.  The nation is a fairly sleepy mix of people of Indian descent, Creole (French black …

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The Ottoman Accident, Turkey, February 2019

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I swear I’ve never opened a history book, yet as I travel this world it keeps turning the pages for me. I ended up in Turkey accidentally as it was the launch pad for my tour of Iraq. And yet …

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Modern Day Mesopotamia, Iraq, February 2019

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I’ve journeyed through Iraq over this past week- another country pockmarked by lengthy wars and still living with a heavy security presence. The country has an incredible ancient history that outshines any of its current troubles and a soft underbelly …

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Almaty- the modern day traveller’s Caravan Serai, Kazakhstan, October 2018

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My last week of this journey has taken me to the southern corner of Kazakhstan which was the most northerly reach of the Great Silk Road. The small town of Turkistan is home to some incredible Timurid architecture from the …

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Trapped in a Marble Birdcage, Turkmenistan, September 2018

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I have spent the last week travelling in Turkmenistan, a Central Asian country wedged between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to the north and Iran and Afghanistan to the south. It’s landscape is made up in large part by the sandy Karakum …

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