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Paradise Found

A touch of escapism today, as we took a ferry sailing to Kho Phi Phi island for a one-night stopover.

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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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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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Photos from our Nile cruise on the MS Grand Star, Egypt

Our Nile Cruise, from Luxor to the Aswan Dam and back (in 2005).

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Dreaming Spires

A few short diary notes from our first trip out with the caravan this year, to visit the City of Oxford. The city is famous amongst other things for the oldest university in the world, and as an historic backdrop for Inspector Morse, Harry Potter and I’m sure many more!

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The Land of Smiles

Our last full day in Bangkok, so we’ve been busy exploring. First, Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn. Then a short ferry ride across the river, to visit Wat Pho and the giant reclining Buddha. Later on, a rooftop treat looking out over all of Bangkok!

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Back to Bangkok!

Our Thai Airways flight back from Phuket to Bangkok this morning, followed by an opportunity to explore Bangkok’s Chinatown.

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Paradise Lost

A travelling day today, as we flew south for a short beach holiday in Phuket. We’ve got ourselves a sea view at the quieter end of Patong Beach for the next few days!

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Muang Boran, the Ancient City

An entire day spent on traveling to and visiting this immense outdoor cultural theme park. A mixture of actual buildings which have been relocated, and replicas of important buildings or monuments typically done at one third scale.

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It’s behind you!

So there we were, minding our own business in Lumphini Park, when suddenly this ****ing HUGE Water Monitor Lizard clambers up the bank and starts heading straight towards us!

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In Bangkok at twelve o’clock

Going out in the midday sun, to visit the National Museum. Then souvenir shopping along the Khao San Road.

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Messing about on the River!

Today we hopped on the tourist express boat, and headed north along the Chao Phraya river. Our destination, the Grand Palace, and the temple of the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaeo.

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