Places I've Been and Things I've Seen

El Castillo, Tulum

Today we’re off to explore the Mayan ruins on the coast at Tulum, about two hours south of Cancún.

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Our Bangkok Adventure Begins

A first-timers’ experience in Thailand, and dealing with the essentials of getting around the capital, Bangkok.

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The Taj Mahal

Top of my bucket list. A place I thought I would never get to see. The beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra. And what’s more, with some crafty itinerary planning, we’re visiting it on my birthday. Today is a very special day for me!

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Palace of Knossos, Crete

After a lazy day around the resort yesterday, recovering from our full day trip to Santorini, today we headed back to Heraklion to explore the ancient Minoan Palace at Knossos.

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Is Santorini the lost Atlantis?

Santorini, a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea, has long been on our list of beautiful places to visit. So when we discovered it was possible to visit as a day trip from Crete on the fast SeaJet catamarans, it was too good an opportunity to miss.

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Hong Kong Then and Now – Fifty Years Apart

After 50 years apart, my wife gets to return to her birthplace – Hong Kong. But how much will have changed, and will we be able to find any traces of the past?

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It’s the Forbidden City – Can we go in?

With most of yesterday taken up by travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing, and settling in to the hotel, we only have two full days to explore the highlights. So today, we’re taking a few stops along the underground to Tiananmen Square to visit the Imperial Palace Museum.

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Magical things to see and do in Prague

Prague has been on our list of places to visit for quite some time now, and after a difficult start to the year we decided that a short city break was what we both needed.

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Up Pompeii!

Well, we finally got here, and we can see Vesuvius from our hotel bedroom! Continue reading “Up Pompeii!”

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Ancient Mummies and the Pharaoh’s Curse

Photos from our Nile cruise on the MS Grand Star, from Luxor to the Aswan Dam and back (in 2005).

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Time travel on the Worth Valley Railway

Continuing with this year’s theme of heritage railways, on Sunday I visited the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire. First established in 1867, the single track branch line from Keighley to Oxenhope is now a preserved railway, set in the 1950s.

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Dog-friendly days near Cambridge

Our first trip out in the caravan this year along with our two dogs, exploring the area around Cambridge. One of the dogs, Indie, is a relatively recent addition this year, so it’s also our first holiday experience with him.

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Grown Men Playing with Trains

Two heritage railways in a week! Following my visit to the Severn Valley Railway the previous weekend, on Friday I visited the Great Central Railway near Loughborough, as they were hosting their annual model railway event.

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Every Journey Ends With a Memory

A weekend away in Bewdley, Worcestershire, gave me the perfect opportunity to spend an entire day on the Severn Valley Railway, a heritage railway running for 16 miles between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.

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Our Mexican Adventure Ends

With only one full day left in the resort before our late flight back tomorrow, we decided to stay local, kick back, and just enjoy the Caribbean.

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Day two of our trip to Cobá, and after a relatively late breakfast we headed out to catch the mid-morning ADO bus from Tulum to Cobá.

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Day one of another two day trip, this time stopping overnight in Tulum town before continuing on to the Mayan ruins at Cobá tomorrow.

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Cancún Zona Hotelera

A lazy day around the resort today, visiting a couple of small Maya sites and the Mayan Museum.

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Playa del Carmen and the Isla de Cozumel

Another full day of exploring, with a bus trip down the coast to the resort town of Playa del Carmen, and a ferry across to the Isla de Cozumel.

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Chichén Itzá

With an overnight stay to beat the crowds, we were able to take in the sound and light show ‘Noches de Kukulkán’ on the Thursday evening, and an early breakfast on Friday morning would give us a good head start on the organised tours.

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Valladolid and Chichén Itzá

Day one of a two day trip to visit Chichén Itzá. Today we’re calling in at the old Spanish colonial city of Valladolid, before continuing on to an overnight stay at Chichén Itzá, allowing us to visit the Sound &  Light show there in the evening.

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