Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Church with a Tetrapod!

A most beautiful Bramantesque church in Macerata has a very bizarre object displayed within.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The 45th Parallel...Taglio di Po


 I had made it - half-way between the North Pole and the Equator. I hadn't intended to be straddling the 45th parallel but I was there nonetheless, at Taglio di Po.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Monday, 22 April 2013

Málaga - where tourism continues to grow.

An article in Sur in English (12th-18th April 2013) concerning tourism on the Costa del Sol stated that in Málaga the rate of tourism is 'growing unusually fast for the current [economic] climate'.

Monday, 15 April 2013

The perils facing ancient monuments.


Last month a group of Russians hung about the Great Pyramid at Giza before illegally scaling its summit and taking a series of stunning images.  By hiding from the guards for five hours on the top of the pyramid, the Russian trio managed to avoid detection and prosecution. Since news of their ascension went viral there have been mixed reactions as to their feat – was it a defiant and courageous act to share views and photographs that no ordinary tourist has been able to capture for more than 60 years, or a violation of rules put in place to protect those monuments?

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A Jewel of an Amphitheatre - El Jem

In 1996 I took a safari through Tunisia stopping at El Jem; the largest amphitheatre in Africa it is another fine example of Roman propaganda.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Top Islands to Visit

Trip Advisor have launched their inaugural list of the world's top islands based on travellers' reviews and rating on their website last year.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Barcelona's Modernist Architecture



I have just put together a mini travel guide to Barcelona and it reminded me of a short article (300 words) that I put together on modernist architecture in Barcelona. 

And here it is....

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Exeter Cathedral

With only a modicum of time to spare when I arrived in Exeter (snow having affected travel plans) I chose to visit the cathedral

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Tarka Line to Barnstaple

Snow in Bristol

The snow had disrupted my plans. Sitting in a soul-less hotel room in Bristol I had the choice, stay for another day with my Pot Noodle, teabags and a view from the window that consisted of the windows from the rest of the hotel or check out and test how the train services had been affected and head west to Devon.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Spain's deserted airports

Spain thrived on tourism in the 1980s and 1990s and it seemed the 21st century would be no different, then the bubble burst.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

A spot on the Costa del Sol that remains delightfully Spanish - Estepona

Estepona

Estepona sits on the western side of the Costa del Sol at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains. Under a clear blue sky the rock of Gibraltar stands solid further to the west and across a narrowing stretch of sea lies the coast of Africa. The sight of another continent, almost within touching distance, stirs the wanderlust in me whilst the white-washed buildings of Andalucían towns such as Estepona make me want to stay put.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A Day in La Judería


Córdoba sits on the River Guadalquivir in the north of the Spanish province of Andalucía and is filled with the remnants of its rich history, a good portion of which can be found in La Judería - the Jewish Quarter.

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