When it comes to sheer, knock-you-out-of-your-socks natural beauty, the Algarve is hard to beat.
Even a non-sporty person such as myself couldn’t resist the idea of squaring off at the starting line where the ancient — and therefore the modern — Olympic Games began.
Olympia, on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula, is where it all began. And it’s where the Olympics torch relay always begins every four years.
The city of Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, evokes thoughts of Hans Christian Andersen, the Little Mermaid statue and the Tivoli Gardens.
It is all that and more. The weather may often be cold, but the welcome is warm.
I was going to include these pictures in an upcoming gallery of Copenhagen, but I thought they deserved special attention. They were taken at the Carlsberg brewery, where the famous Elephant Gate ushers visitors into the fascinations of a beer-making process that has changed little over more than 150 years.
Estonia has become something of a hotspot with western European tourists, to the point where it’s at risk of losing some of its authenticity.
Thankfully, the old town in the capital, Tallinn, remains largely intact, including cobbled streets and much of its medieval wall.
I don’t normally take package holidays, but I got a great deal from Abu Dhabi to Belgrade on Air Serbia, booking via Etihad, that took me to the Serbian capital for five nights in a four-star hotel for around US$1000.
Here are a few sights I saw along the way. Much of the city betrays austerity and the ravages of war, but if you’re interested in the murals and funky cafes, head for the Bohemian Quarter.
OK, so the headline on this piece is a lazy reference to an old joke, but don’t let that put you off a visit to Jamaica, one of the jewels of the Caribbean.
I visited Falmouth as part of a cruise itinerary, and I’m keen to see more. The people, from the local tour guide to the people we met on the streets, were friendly and the weather was superb.
Macau has become a magnet for mainland Chinese and other gamblers in recent years, but to think of it as the Las Vegas of South East Asia would be doing it a great disservice.
The former Portuguese colony about an hour by boat from Hong Kong has its own unique cultural flavour — a potent blend of East and West that can be alluring even for those who are not interested in playing the tables or the machines. Continue reading Magical, mysterious Macau
The ancient “rose city” of Petra, in Jordan, is on many a bucket list, and for good reason.
The remnants of a 2,300-year-old civilisation include the ornate Treasury (Al Khazneh), which is carved into solid sandstone. Take a moment, or more, to contemplate the artistry and sheer effort involved in achieving that without the machinery or technology we have today.
Almost everybody knows about the Parthenon, the Temple of Venus Nike and the Erechtheion on the Acropolis in Athens.
But a walk around the area where the tourist buses park reveals some other architectural and natural delights, including a church and the (probably bogus) prison of Socrates.
It may be best known to a certain generation as one of the settings for Game of Thrones, but Dubrovnik is a beautiful destination worth a visit to those who love the natural nature and real history.
The original walled city on the glistening Adriatic Sea deserves a place on every European traveller’s itinerary.
I’ve a lot more to say about my cruise on Vision of the Seas, and on cruises in general, and I’ll be posting it over the next few days.
In the meantime, here are some images from the Abu Dhabi to Dubai leg of the cruise.
Updated: March 1, 2017
Still light on words, but big on pictures. Here are some photos taken on board Vision of the Seas during my cruise.
I’ve no time (or inclination) to write too much right now, except to say that the Vision of the Seas has arrived in Khasab, Oman.
Here are some pictures I took this morning of the coastline of Oman, and Khasab port, around the ship and of a fire drill being held onboard.
The northern winter really is a good time to visit the United Arab Emirates. Few people may think of greenery and flowers when they think about the desert, but — thanks to the hard work of dedicated gardeners — it really does bloom at this time of year.
Here are some pictures I’ve taken in Abu Dhabi over the past few days.
I’m on the move again. There will be more words soon, but first, some pictures from the past few weeks spent in Australia.
I’ve been in Singapore for less than a day. Real reviews of the city, the journey and my hotel will follow. For now, here are some pictures from my first excursion into the city.
Those of us who like to travel sometimes forget about the delights of where we live. While researching the next exotic destination, we are sometimes oblivious to changes in our own neighbourhood.
It pays to have a look around; to go somewhere new but nearby. I did this today with my first proper visit to Al Maryah Island, which has been designed to be the new central business district of Abu Dhabi (which, in case you don’t know is where I live).
What you do on a repeat visit after you’ve already seen the sights?
Like many travellers, I like to visit new places but there are destinations that I find myself in again and again for various reasons — to see friends and family, or because I’m on the way somewhere else, or it’s a port of convenience.
My recent trip to Bangkok was one of those occasions. Continue reading Sixth time’s a charm