Vignettes from a lifetime of travel

F is for FCC   ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns….’  If I had to choose one spot for a sundowner,  out of all the places I’ve ever been,  I wouldn’t opt for a cocktail overlooking a glorious tropical beach or an iconic natural landmark.   No.  I’m heading back to Phnom Penh. By […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

E is for Early Mornings   I’m not an early riser – in fact I’d rather not do mornings at all  – they’d be banned if I’d my way!   However,  I have been know to drag myself from the bed before sunrise when the occasion begs it and wow – what a world there is […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

D is for Dirty Dancing – Country Style! Firstly,  setting the scene:  USA ⇒Wyoming ⇒Jackson Hole ⇒ Million Dollar Cowboy Bar ⇒Saturday Night.   We’re in town for a few days hiking in Grand Teton National Park en route to Yellowstone.   We’ve had something to eat and pick a bar for a drink on our way […]

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For Day Trippers in the Great Smoky Mountains

Straddling the states of Tennessee and North Carolina,  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomes over 11 million visitors per year,  making it the most visited park in the US (even ahead of the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone).   The majority of these visitors are happy to stay in satellite towns and make short excursions into […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

B is for Bora Bora   I just always loved the name – it was the most exotic place I could imagine (although I’d no idea where it actually was!).   In 2004 we were planning a trip to Australia and looking at flight options.   We could return as we went out – through Asia,  or […]

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Oman – A 10 Day Trip

I know – it wasn’t on my radar either but I read an article in Wanderlust a few months back and followed up on it.    We’d  been to Dubai a couple of years ago but this sounded as though it had more character and more to offer (sorry Dubai!). So from a bit of extra […]

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Thinking of visiting Oman? – Some tips before you go.

Before you go:   Flights There are direct options from some major European cities to Muscat or, alternatively,  connections from the Middle East hubs (which might be the cheaper option).   Passport Make sure you have 6 months left on your passport.   Visa E-visas are being rolled out but there have been glitches with […]

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