Seville

Seville was the first truly exotic city I visited. I was 20 years old and had just started travelling around Europe. Arriving in 40 degree heat on the train and walking across the city the first thing to amaze me was the beautiful parks. We walked down the gorgeous terraces into a panorama of colorful […]

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French Alps

The French Alps are one of the most visually stunning parts of France. From Lac Leman in the north they stretch south to the Mediterranean, with the Alps Maritime reaching the sea near Nice. Flying over them you can see the scale of the range, and of course the Alps continue east into Switzerland and […]

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Esperance

When the weather is baking hot in Perth it’s time to head to the south of Western Australia for temperatures a few degrees cooler. Esperance is easily reachable by road and can be done with an overnight stop on the way. The total drive is about eight hours and a good place to break the […]

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Lake Como

One of the larger Italian lakes, Lake Como is also one of the most beautiful. Surrounded by the mountains of the Italian southern Alps it can be easily reached by train from Milan which is only 25 miles away. We had no fixed itinerary and flew into Milan airport, heading north from Milan railway station […]

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Ningaloo

Ningaloo Reef is a 150 mile coral reef stretching up part of the coast of Western Australia. It is a fringing reef rather than a barrier reef, the difference being a fringing reef grows close to the shore separated by a narrow lagoon, whereas a barrier reef is separated from the shore by a deeper […]

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Singapore

I’d passed through Singapore airport a couple of times on the way to Australia but never gone out of the airport. So on my third journey through, I decided to have a day visiting Singapore downtown between flights. I had a old guide book I’d picked up from a charity shop which I’d been reading […]

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Kyoto

Why pick Kyoto when travelling to Japan for the first time? Kyoto survived the Second World War largely intact as it wasn’t made a target for many American bombing raids. The temples, houses and important city buildings didn’t need to be rebuilt following the war. This is lead it to remain a center for Japanese […]

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Yosemite

Yosemite is known for its huge granite cliffs and immense waterfalls. It has been immortalized in Ansel Adams black and white photographs mainly taken between the 1920s and 1960s, portraying the amazing landscapes in the Yosemite area. The Yosemite park has several million visitors each year, but most of them will go to the Yosemite […]

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Chicago

When you have eight hours to visit a city from landing at the airport, to getting back there to catch your next flight there are serious limitations on what you can see in that time. My flight was into Chicago O’Hare, quite a big airport to navigate and get into the city via the L […]

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