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Guides

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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Scottish Borders

Often overlooked by tourists when they travel from England to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands & Islands, the Scottish Borders are well worth a look with their rolling rural landscapes and quiet lanes and pretty coastal towns and beaches. Situated between Edinburgh in the north and Newcastle in the south east and Carlisle in […]

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Dublin

When one of your favourite bands hasn’t made an album for five years and the last time you saw them live was five years ago you are prepared to make a bit of an effort to see them. The last time I saw the Yeah Yeah Yeahs was at Latitude and looking at their website, […]

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Cabo de Gata

Cabo de Gata is one of wildest and desolate areas of Western Europe. It is the only true desert in Europe and has one of the most arid climates across Europe. The area has volcanic features including old lava flows and extinct volcanoes. It also has salt flats along its coast with many species of […]

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Florence

Florence, one of the most beautiful and evocative of Italian renaissance cities. It draws you back and you don’t want a visit to be your last. First seen as part of a cross Europe interrail tour, we liked it so much that we went back on the same tour. A third visit was to make […]

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European Roadtrip

Many moons ago I bought a Suzuki DR350S trail bike to head south into Europe. I arranged to meet friends who had gone to watch Le Mans bike race.  Everywhere in Le Mans there was motorcycle mayhem – wheelies – stoppies – races from the lights. Bikes wheeling in and out everywhere. I toured down through […]

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