My Top 10 of Everything – The best of Morocco

Did you know that you can get to Morocco in just an hour or two by ferry from Spain (depending on the route) and several Moroccan cities are well served by budget airlines.   So,  for Europeans in particular,  the country is easily accessible and is a treat for history,  architecture and food lovers.   Then there […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

N is for NYC New York has to be my favourite city (after Dublin of course!).   My first visit was in the height of summer,  1983.   As a teacher,  living in temperate climes,  I remember totally glamorising and envying those office workers sitting with their packed lunches in Central Park.  I’ve had the privilege of […]

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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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