Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

C is for Carthage You’ve probably realised by now that I’m a sucker for exotic names and stones – put them together, add a bit of sun and I really am in paradise! I wasn’t aware of Carthage’s actual existence until we visited Tunisia in 2001.   I knew from Virgil (sorry – really showing off […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

A is for Abu Simbel In 1981 I visited Egypt for the first time.   Aswan was pretty much as far as anyone went by road.   At almost 300km further south,   Abu Simbel could be reached by river or by a flight which at the time was £90 if I remember correctly and way out of […]

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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine – Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

  A 7 Night Self-Drive Trip   I’d no idea this region was so accessible to the major transport hubs of Washington / New York until I began investigating it as a possible short road trip.   A huge tourist destination for USA residents,  only a handful of acquaintances at home had any clue of its […]

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Washington DC

A change of heart… I never had any real inclination to visit Washington DC..  I always knew there was plenty to see and do but I’m not really a ‘museum person’ and could take or leave the politics. So I embraced this particular new year’s  mini break with less enthusiasm than usual….  and was blown […]

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On the Road – Where we stayed: the Lodges of Namibia

    We were fortunate enough to stay in a selection of lodges while travelling through Namibia (as well as hotels in the two urban areas).   Most lodges are not large so reservations really are necessary – especially in remote areas where there is not a huge choice of accommodation.  In general they work on […]

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From Rabat to Tangier: A Road Trip in Northern Morocco

  This trip was really about Volubilis – the ruins of a Roman city  close to Meknes,   While a popular day tour from Fez,  we didn’t have time for a visit on a previous trip so it’s been  on the ‘to do’ list for a while. As often happens,  we were flexible with travel plans […]

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Is Rabat Worth a Visit? Definitely!

It doesn’t evoke that exotic image of Marrakesh nor our somewhat delusional romantic notion of Casablanca but Rabat is a pleasant surprise and worthy of a visit if you are planning  trip to northern Morocco. The major sights can easily be covered in a day but that won’t allow time to sit in the coffee […]

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