Posts/Entries

All posts/entries, for now, from 15+ years of global travel.

Jamaica

Rastafarians, reggae, dreadlocks, Red Stripe & jerk. An exploration of the longstanding resort-heavy jewel in the Caribbean tourist industry’s crown.

Grand Cayman

The largest of the three Cayman Islands, an uber-rich tax-free banking haven & glitzy shopping mecca that is luxury personified, a UK overseas territory that’s more Miami than Manchester.

Cuba

Cigars, rum, Castro, Che, classic cars, neglect & salsa. A look at travel in go-now-before-it-changes Cuba, the indefatigable Caribbean time warp & a country truly like no other.

Paris 2015

God bless you Paris, you iconic metropolis by the Seine. You are (still) beautiful, but boy you know it & flaunt it.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

”It’s historic, but about the only discernible purpose it serves today is to appease tourists, a sole function it fulfills with aplomb. Make no mistake, and regardless of the time of year you drop by, you won’t be alone sampling the so-called Pearl of The Adriatic. But sample it you must, at least once in your lifetime.”

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A once-important Ottoman Empire crossroads settlement & location for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), the oft-rebuilt bridge over the Neretva River.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“I find it somewhat ironic that a city in which Muslims, Jews, Orthodox Christian & Catholics have lived in harmony for centuries should have such an unenviable and undeniably tragic past – Sarajevo was both the birthplace of World War I & the location for the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare.”

Belgrade, Serbia

The Balkans Party central situated on a confluence of the mighty Danube River. A quirky & likable city still bearing very visible scars from the 1999 NATO bombing during the Kosovo War.

Transylvania, Romania

Rolling rural farmland, Neo-Renaissance & Medieval Dracula castles & Carpathian Mountain resort towns.

Bucharest, Romania

Wide Boulevards. plazas, beat-up Dacias, crumbling & eclectic architecture & gargantuan concrete monstrosities from the infamous Communist era. There’s more to the Romanian capital than a desire to leave.

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Atop 4 hills & the location for the skyline-dominating Tsarevets Fortress, the stunning & historic former medieval capital of the Bulgarian tsars.

Georgia

High in the Eurasian Caucasus, Georgia boasts thousands of years of history, stunning mountain scenery, a unique cuisine & overly hospitable locals.

Armenia

One of the world’s oldest civilizations and the world’s very first Christian nation, Armenia impresses with a pretty capital & an array of medieval UNESCO World Heritage-listed church & monastery complexes.

Uzbekistan

Centre of the historic Silk Road, a country full of dust, unbelievably hospitable locals & even more unbelievably audacious Islamic architectural showstoppers.

Kyrgyzstan

From killing time in the capital Bishkek, a tree infested Soviet-era architectural nirvana in the Russified north, to enjoying the true Central Asia gem of Osh. A look at travel in Kyrgyzstan, the only visa-free ‘Stan.

Kazakhstan

Recapping a winter trip to Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest country, including cosmopolitan Almaty, the leafy former capital, & Astana, a.k.a. the Dubai of the Steppes, the futuristic capital on the northern windswept Kazakh steppe, the new petrodollar boom capital for the Central Asian region.

Humourous Signs, China

The meaning is rarely in doubt but the translation leaves a lot to be desired. A collection of humourous signs encountered on a recent trip to China.

China 2015

Recapping a sixth visit to mainland China – including the capital Beijing & the two largest cities in the northeastern & northwestern extremes of the country, Harbin & Urumqi respectively – en route to pastures new in Kazakhstan & Central Asia.

London, England (2014)

“It was my first visit to one of my favourite cities in 2 years. I know London pretty well but I still like to find the time to be a tourist when I’m in town.”

Morocco || A Look Back

Thirty-nine Pictures From 39 Days Of Travel Through Mystical Morocco, One Of The Most Picturesque Countries On Earth.

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Striking & cosmopolitan Barcelona, Spain’s stylish & energetic second city, home to some of the world’s most bizarre architecture.

Madrid, Spain

A pictorial look at some of the highlights of the Spanish capital of Madrid, a city of gorgeous architecture, stunning parks and world-class museums.

Erg Chebbi, Morocco

Camels, sandstorms & the picturesque rolling dunes of Erg Chebbi of the Moroccan Sahara, a highlight of any visit to the country.

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