Monthly Archives: October 2011

Moorish mosaic

“Do you know anyone who sells tiles?” I asked Amin.  That was probably not the most common procurement question Amin was asked by European tourists.  With his eyes – as my friend Susan said – “at quarter to three”, Amin … Continue reading

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Havana Nights (and days)

In the last few years, Cuba has become an old hand at the tourist trade, so the track is pretty well beaten.  I would encourage you to break loose from your tour group or all-inclusive resort and check out some … Continue reading

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Du bist so wunderbar, Berlin!

I lived in Berlin for 4 years. It’s a fantastic destination for a weekend or longer city break. It’s chock-a-block full of history, art and avant garde. It’s a capital of culture – both high culture and all number of … Continue reading

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Fes timewarp

  This blog is in response to a request from  a friend for impressions of Fes.  Let’s do the timewarp again…. We were glad to be on the train.  Our arrival in Tangiers had been less than auspicious.  The ferry … Continue reading

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The World in Photos

I have travelled the world and I have hundreds, thousands, maybe even tens of thousands of pictures of places, people, sights and scenery in dusty albums and on CDs and hard drives.  I find travel memories so inspirational and wanted to … Continue reading

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Go things to do in Japan

No, it’s not a dodgy lunchbox slogan. ‘Go’ in Japanese means ‘five’ and here are my top five things to do in Japan. Any trip to Japan will be a mind blowing mix of the high tech and the traditional, … Continue reading

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Crouching gnaoui; hidden maalem

The cry of the seagulls swells.  The gulls are ever-present – they swarm in off the Atlantic when the water is rough; they clamour around the fishermen as they land and gut their catch.  Tonight, however, a different flock has flown … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Maroc

Today someone asked me for some travel tips for Marrakech.  What a great topic for a blog post! I love Marrakech.  Parts of the medina look like life hasn’t changed since the middle ages, yet Marrakech is very firmly on … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome…. Mahabar, irashaimase, ¡bienvenido! Welcome to my new blog. I’m new at this lark, so bear with me. I would like to share my ideas, show my photographs and limited talents and document generally what I’m up to … Continue reading

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