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Oct 17 2014

The Bremen Town Musicians in Riga

I don’t tend to do too much research when I visit places.  I like to be surprised, wowed, and amazed by the things I come across in my own little, serendipitous way.  That, for me, is part of the intrigue and excitement of going to a new destination.  It’s a voyage of discovery. During my …

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Oct 14 2014

Discovering the Isles of Mull and Iona

The first two western islands I ventured to on my trip around Scotland were the islands of Mull and Iona.  My decision to go was following a conversation with a Glaswegian while sitting on a large rock beside Loch Lomond, staring at Rob Roy’s cave.  I was lured by the sound of a picturesque place in the Inner …

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Oct 10 2014

The Trumpeter of Krakow

The morning after I arrived in Krakow, I decided to do one of the free walking tours, as a way of familarising myself with what would be my nearest city in Poland.  Just as the tour was about to begin at 10am, I heard the sound of a trumpet.  I wondered where it was coming from, but didn’t worry …

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Oct 07 2014

9 Tech Gadgets to Take Travelling

When I travelled around the world, the only tech gadgets I had were a mobile phone that could do no more with than make calls, send text messages, and take photos; and a small point and shoot camera.  That was it.  Fast forward 6½ years and I now have an array of technology I drag around with …

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Oct 03 2014

Going Underground: Greenwich Foot Tunnel

While I was in London recently, a friend and I decided to do some ‘firsts’ – see and do things in London we had never done before.  One of mine was to go under the River Thames.  I had been over it on the Emirates Airline and on it, on a boat, but never under it.   Neither …

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Sep 30 2014

Vilnius: One of my Favourite Cities

I had never been to Lithuania, didn’t know much about it, didn’t know anyone who had ever been, and there were other places I wanted to visit first.  So, going to Vilnius was far down my list of places to go.  That didn’t change when I met a couple of students at a hostel in Warsaw …

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