Lombok – turtles, turquoise water and a touch of paradise

Lombok – turtles, turquoise water and a touch of paradise

Now is the perfect time to visit Lombok, before Bali’s little cousin loses its peaceful persona Despite its reputation as the party island, Gili Trawangan has peaceful places to chill Spiritual experiences are often hard to come by although I was once moved to...

Venice citizens sick of cruise ships – a new ban is announced

Venice citizens sick of cruise ships – a new ban is announced

Death in Venice – is the cruise ship industry loving Venice too much? Situated on the edge of the Adriatic Sea and surrounded by water, one imagines Venice as the ideal cruise destination. Well it is — it’s just that the city’s dwindling...

Uzbekistan Adventure – mosques, madrasahs and mosaics

Uzbekistan Adventure – mosques, madrasahs and mosaics

Travels of the exotic kind – following the Silk Route from Tashkent to Khiva CRIMINALS and unfaithful wives were thrown from the Kalyan Minaret in Bukhara, known as the Tower of Death. I look up at this magnificent structure, 47 metres high, built in the...

San Franciso – Hippy Heaven

San Franciso – Hippy Heaven

In San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district I went looking for the last rays of the Summer of Love. I’d missed the hippy revolution, being straight jacketed in a school uniform imprisoned behind Catholic school gates in the heady days of 1967. In Haight Street I spied...

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