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Akhaltsikhe
2024-04-11 02:35
On the way to Akhaltsikhe, I headed through the forested gorges of the Borjomi Nature Reserve to Borjomi Spa, where I visited the Borjomi Mineral Water Park or Ekaterina Park. Just outside t… Read More
Batumi
2024-04-08 02:29
Batumi is Georgia’s attractive summer capital that sits on the shores of the Black Sea. It attracts visitors from both Turkey and Russia, though the Russians you may meet are probably… Read More
Bagrati And Gelati
2024-04-05 02:18
Close to Kutaisi are two important religious sights, Bagrati Cathedral and the UNESCO-listed monastery complex at Gelati. Bagrati Cathedral is on the outskirts of Kutaisi and was commissi… Read More
Kutaisi
2024-04-02 02:08
Kutaisi is the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Colchis. For many years, when the Arabs occupied Tbilisi, Kutaisi was the capital of Georgia. Its golden age was the period between the reign… Read More
Mtskheta
2024-03-30 01:58
Mtskheta was the ancient capital of Kartli (also known as the Kingdom of Iberia or Iveria), the East Georgian Kingdom from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. The church authorities pr… Read More
Tbilisi
2024-03-27 01:42
Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, known as Tiflis in Russian. Tbilisi has a lively dining, nightlife, and social scene, a far cry from the days of the Soviet era. The capital’s beauty… Read More
Noravank Monastery To The Georgian Border
2024-03-24 01:35
From Noravank, I headed up the Selim Pass towards Lake Sevan. This road is probably at its best in the springtime when the wildflowers bloom in the alpine meadows. This was formerly part of… Read More
The Way To Noravank
2024-03-21 01:28
Any visit to Armenia has to include a trip to Echmiadzin (or Etchmiadzin), which is the seat of the Armenian Church. This was the place where Gregory the Illuminator saw a beam of light fall… Read More
Julian Worker Images
2024-03-18 14:31
Hello: Here is a link to my images on the Alamy Photo Library Please find images from Poland, Spain, Portugal and Moldova amongst many others. The most recent pictures are from Powell… Read More
Garni Temple
2024-03-18 01:17
Looking like a mini-Parthenon, the temple at Garni is the only Graeco-Roman type structure in the whole of Armenia. The temple is on a triangle of land thrusting out above the Azat River. Th… Read More
The Way To Amberd
2024-03-15 01:10
In 2005, the Armenian alphabet celebrated its 1600th birthday. In commemoration, 39 large, carved Armenian letters were placed near the last resting place of the man who created the alphabet… Read More
Erebuni And Other Yerevan Sights
2024-03-12 01:02
Ancient Erebuni fortress sits high on a hill overlooking modern Yerevan. King Argishti I of Urartu built this site in 782BC to house a garrison of 6,600 soldiers, the first settlement on thi… Read More
Around The Cascade – Yerevan
2024-03-09 01:45
The northern part of Yerevan has some outstanding sights, which visitors should not miss. The first place is called the Matenadaran, displaying Armenian manuscripts of varying degrees of ant… Read More
The Genocide Memorial – Yerevan
2024-03-06 01:20
After the establishment of Soviet rule in Armenia and especially during the reign of Stalin, talk of the Armenian-Turkish conflict was proscribed. Any talk about the Armenian Genocide or wes… Read More
Thought Provoking Statues – Yerevan
2024-03-03 01:13
In Yerevan, the statues made me think and provided warnings about what can happen in life. Although understated, all the statues in Yerevan have a story to tell. The first sculpture I notice… Read More
Pylos
2024-02-14 17:20
About 11 miles north of the village of Pylos is the Anaktora Nestoros, or the Palace of King Nestor of Pylos, a wise old king who commanded a large fleet of ships at the Siege of Troy. After… Read More
Areopoli And Gythio
2024-02-12 17:34
Extending south between the Messinian and Laconian Gulfs, the Mani Peninsula ends at Cape Matapan, the southernmost point of continental Greece. There was a naval battle off Matapan between… Read More
Messini
2024-02-11 17:10
Out of all the sites I visited and all the ones listed in this book, I liked Messini  the best, probably because the layout of the site is open and there’s been enough reconstruct… Read More
Olympia
2024-02-10 04:47
Olympia is the place to explain the legend regarding how The Peloponnese got its name, or more correctly, who the Peloponnese is named after and why. The reason for this lies in the archaeol… Read More
Bassae
2024-02-07 14:35
The full title of this magnificent building is the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae. The temple is undergoing extensive renovations, so much so that it’s completely enclosed in a m… Read More
Nemea
2024-02-05 14:25
Nemea is roughly halfway between Corinth and Nafplio. The name is famous as it was here that Hercules carried out the first of his twelve labours, namely the slaying of the Nemean Lion that… Read More
Tripoli And Mantineia
2024-02-03 14:05
Tripoli or Tripolis is the capital of Arcadia and the hub of the road system in the central part of The Peloponnese. There are no ancient sites in the city itself as it was burned by The Tur… Read More
Nafplio
2024-01-31 13:59
Nafplio or Nafplion or Nauplio is the capital of the Argolis region of Greece. From 1829 until 1834 it was the provisional capital of the newly independent country of Greece. The first Gover… Read More
Google Reviews
2024-01-24 01:31
I’m not sure if you write reviews on Google for places you’ve visited both at home and abroad, but it would appear the AI algorithm used to check the content has some very strang… Read More
Mycenae
2024-01-20 01:59
This is probably the busiest archaeological site on the Peloponnese due to the number of day trippers that arrive here from Athens. Therefore, you might want to get to the site as early as y… Read More
Argos
2024-01-19 02:19
This is the oldest city in Greece with excavations revealing activity dating back 5,000 years to roughly 3000 BC. As you might expect, there’s a legend attached to Argos and it involve… Read More
Epidauros
2024-01-18 01:38
This site is justly famous for its magnificent theatre. However, there’s also an interesting museum and a full archaeological site to explore, including a stadium and a sanctuary. What… Read More
1821 The Founding Of Modern Greece
2024-01-13 05:39
I think there’s a view that Greece has been an independent country since the time of ancient Athens, Sparta, and Thebes two thousand five hundred years ago. This is most certainly n… Read More
Gobekli Tepe
2024-01-07 04:56
Gobekli Tepe is an unprepossessing archaeological site in Northern Mesopotamia – the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. No postcards of the site are on sale and no… Read More
Barbados
2024-01-06 04:52
Extract from Travel Tales from Exotic Places Laying on the verandah of my hotel the crash of the Atlantic Ocean waves is constant. The view both ways along the coastline shows w… Read More
Antigua
2024-01-05 04:46
Extract from Travel Tales from Exotic Places Antigua boasts of its 365 beaches, one for each day of the year, so I could understand the pained look on the taxi driver’s fa… Read More
St Vincent And The Grenadines
2024-01-04 04:41
Extract from Travel Tales from Exotic Places Kingstown is the capital of the small Caribbean nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines. It’s quite a shabby place that appear… Read More
Corfu – History
2023-12-26 20:42
I’m reading a book called “1821 – The Founding of Modern Greece”. I read a story today about the first Lord High Commissioner to be appointed to Corfu, Sir Thomas… Read More
Vienna
2023-12-24 23:07
A loose connection admittedly but I had cause to read the lyrics of the song ‘Vienna’ by Billy Joel and there’s some great advice in the song and not just for travellers… Read More
2023-12-23 21:37
This is a lovely review of my book called Travels through History : The Balkans on Amazon. Ideal book to read before and after country visit. I didn’t visit all the countries in… Read More
North Berwick
2023-12-20 04:21
This is a charming seaside town about 30 minutes by train from Edinburgh Read More
Trainline And Refunds
2023-11-08 05:18
If you were inconvenienced in the UK recently by Storm Babet and your train journey was cancelled, did you get a refund from the company you booked the ticket(s) through? My experience wa… Read More
2023-07-12 22:47
Porto Santo is around 27 miles north east of Madeira and is part of the Madeiran archipelago. The airport is in the centre of the island and the runway is long enough for most types of plane… Read More
Taxis On Islay
2023-07-10 22:28
If you’re planning on visiting some distilleries on Islay then you should decide whether you’re hiring a car or taking your own car and having a designated driver who won’t… Read More
Lisbon – The Alfama
2023-07-07 14:19
The Alfama is probably Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood and almost certainly the best area of the city to wander around in, catching the sights, the views, and the trams. One of the u… Read More
Madeira Walks
2023-07-05 13:21
Madeira has many footpaths and hiking trails for all types and fitness levels. A lot of these footpaths are by the levadas of Madeira, the man-made water channels that take water from th… Read More
Figueira Da Foz
2023-07-04 12:08
Figueira da Foz, also known as Figueira for short, is a city and a municipality in the Coimbra District, in Portugal. I reached Figueira on the train from Coimbra. The journey takes an ho… Read More
Islay – Three Distilleries Way
2023-07-03 11:56
The three distilleries way is a footpath that heads eastwards from Port Ellen to the Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg distilleries. A brand new distillery is being built between Laphroaig an… Read More
2023-07-02 16:42
The Portuguese Tourist Board has a campaign indicating tourists should visit Sintra on a day trip from Lisbon, catching the train in both directions. I would advise you not to do this, b… Read More
Islay Distilleries
2023-06-25 17:10
Recently, I visited Islay (pronounced I La) in the Inner Hebrides, a 25-minute plane journey from Glasgow. I was there to visit seven of the distilleries on the island. The basics of each… Read More
Jura
2023-06-24 17:35
I went to Jura in April and I really liked the place a lot, especially the staff at the Jura Hotel who are incredibly friendly and helpful. This hotel is opposite the Jura distillery and so… Read More
Lincoln
2023-06-23 17:57
If you’re interested in history and democracy then Lincoln Castle is a good place to visit. If you arrive by train, you’ll enjoy a strenuous walk up to the castle and cathedral… Read More
Madeira Airport
2023-06-13 16:18
This is an interesting airport named after Cristiano Ronaldo. There’s a viewing gallery where passengers can see their plane arriving. The runway is supported at the northern e… Read More
Glasgow
2023-06-11 14:43
Glasgow is a very walkable city. I visited in April 2023 and it’s really easy to get around. The 500 express bus leaves the airport every 15 minutes for the city centre and takes… Read More
British Pound Notes
2023-06-11 02:42
I want to make you aware that paper notes are no longer legal tender in the UK. If you decide to get some pound notes before you leave North America, make sure that they’re not pap… Read More
2023-05-09 03:29
This is an extract from my newest book called 9 Canadian Cities: Victoria to Montreal via Whitehorse and Yellowknife I found an interesting modern sculpture in the same block as the Victor… Read More
2023-05-03 03:26
This is an extract from my newest book called 9 Canadian Cities: Victoria to Montreal via Whitehorse and Yellowknife If you’re staying in the centre, then it’s best to take the… Read More
2023-04-25 15:25
This is an extract from my newest book called 9 Canadian Cities: Victoria to Montreal via Whitehorse and Yellowknife The National Gallery of Canada has a giant spider outside, so you can&r&hell…Read More
2023-04-21 03:24
This is an extract from my newest book called 9 Canadian Cities: Victoria to Montreal via Whitehorse and Yellowknife Close to the Winnipeg Art Gallery is the Manitoba Legislative Building… Read More
2023-04-15 15:21
This is an extract from my newest book called 9 Canadian Cities: Victoria to Montreal via Whitehorse and Yellowknife Saskatoon is on the South Saskatchewan River in the Canadian Prairies… Read More
2023-04-13 03:20
This is an extract from my newest book called 9 Canadian Cities: Victoria to Montreal via Whitehorse and Yellowknife For me, Northwest Territories (NWT) is where the scale and grandeur of… Read More
2023-04-09 15:17
This is an extract from my newest book called 9 Canadian Cities: Victoria to Montreal via Whitehorse and Yellowknife The Old Log Church Museum (OLCM) collects material connected with… Read More
2023-04-08 03:17
This is an extract from my newest book called 9 Canadian Cities: Victoria to Montreal via Whitehorse and Yellowknife The turboprop-powered plane coasted through the grey skies and lan… Read More
2023-03-20 22:39
This is a compelling novel about The Gambler, Alexey Ivanovitch, who is working in the household of a Russian General – he was only promoted to this rank on his retirement – who… Read More
2023-03-13 15:58
I added this to the ‘travel’ blog as neutrinos are always moving somewhere. Frank Close is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics, and Fellow Emeritus at Exeter College at… Read More
2023-03-09 16:31
This book is rather different from other books you’ll read. It’s the third novel in a series that began with Barabbas and The Sibyl. Ahasuerus is mentioned in certain Old T… Read More
2023-03-06 16:51
An excerpt from a forthcoming book on Canadian cities. I mentioned I was going to visit Winnipeg to several people and their replies contained either the words ‘Winterpeg’ or… Read More
2023-03-04 16:27
The Shipping Forecast is a much-loved part of the British cultural landscape with an avid following of listeners, most of whom aren’t affected by the news it provides. This book des… Read More
2023-02-19 03:46
This is a real page turner and gives some great insights into various places in the UK, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Antarctica. An old wooden ship is trapped in the Antarctic ice. It se… Read More
2023-02-03 16:02
The first James Bond book that Ian Fleming wrote and I recognised some of the details from the 2006 film of the same name. Le Chiffre is a nearly bankrupt member of the secretive SMERSH o… Read More
2023-01-16 00:33
Scholarship. I’m seriously thinking about putting all my other books that I want to read in a massive pile somewhere and just reading this author’s work one after another unti… Read More
2022-12-18 06:52
There are some fascinating details about Prague in this book, hence this book review is in my travel blog. Nicolas Whistler is a young man who lives in digs in London and spends most of… Read More
2022-11-27 03:34
Hello: I’ve made some updates to my Alamy portfolio to include recent pictures from Montreal, Powell River (BC), Ottawa, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, and… Read More
2022-11-24 06:38
Although this book is fiction, there are many accurate descriptions of towns and cities you might like to visit… This is an extremely long thriller at over 550 pages. It needs to… Read More

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