A wandering bird's-eye overview of most things even vaguely related to travel, and an opportunity for writers, artists and photographers to contribute the historical, the hysterical, the quirky and quixotic... anything with heart.

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From the mouths of Saints

I peer out from under an arch of stone, this ancient Valery gate; northwards over the Normandy&nb...read more

Posted by
Ian 1 year ago
A galaxy of aliens

The odd but nostalgic tale of grand but neglected war monuments and an old man attempting to comm...read more

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Ian 1 year ago
On being unfortunate

The last Sultan of Granada - Boabdil - is born here at The Alhambra in 1460 but impriso...read more

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Ian 1 year ago
On a lake of tears

In the cool of morning there's a lone giraffe staring this way, the great Etosha Pan his palette ...read more

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Ian 1 year ago
Another odd war

I must have passed him, walked right past; his bony back propped against the mausoleum wall ...read more

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Ian 1 year ago
Naughty but nice

A Tibetan baby is born during the 8th cycle of the Year of the Pig. The year is 1455 and his name...read more

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Ian 1 year ago
A tiger tale

The  caves are narrow stone fissures, until s...read more

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Ian 2 years ago
New kingdom, old kingdom

This is the `Southern Shrine’ of the New Kingdom, initially built over 3000 years ago, running fr...read more

Posted by
Ian 2 years ago
Ghost trails

I drop my pack at The Sun Gate, descend the trail to the mud and the fog; Machu Picchu nowhe...read more

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Ian 2 years ago
Cold winds and cormorants

The Norwegian ferry approaches, an Arctic wind loaded with the smell of salt and wooden racks of ...read more

Posted by
Ian 2 years ago
Waiting at Shibuya Crossing

I'm standing at the  Hachiko entrance to Tokyo's Shibuya Station, and ask abo...read more

Posted by
Ian 2 years ago