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Morocco #6 : Tea and tagine, music, mountains and museums

Dear friends, This journal entry will cover two days - our second day and evening at the camp and the following day when we farewelled the desert and travelled eastwards back towards the High Atlas Mountains visiting several villages, museums, a fertile valley with date palms, a dramatic gorge and then to our lodgings [...]

Morocco #4: The magnificent city of Fes

Dear friends, After the visits to Volubilis and Moulay Idriss, we drove through some stark rolling hill country towards the ancient city of Fes. I just managed to capture some of the scenes through the bus window showing the rich browns and golds rendered by the drought and even a shepherd and his sheep. [...]

Morocco #1: Visiting Chefchaouen

Dear friends, Last month I was lucky enough to spend just over two weeks in Morocco, traveling as I have done many times with a group organized by Wilderness Travel (www.wildernesstravel.com).  Just days before our trip, there was a devastating earthquake in the High Atlas Mountains which killed thousands, destroyed many villages, and was [...]

Out and about in the Chatham Islands #2

Dear Friends, In this second journal entry on the Chatham Islands, there will be a bit more touring around the island to some interesting historic places as well as great sites to challenge the photographers to produce their best pix. At the end of the last blog, I promised shipwrecks and seals, flowers and [...]

Out and about in the Chatham Islands #1

Dear friends, Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Chatham Islands and spent three very full and fascinating days with a 'Women in Photography' group - six of us under our expert leader Lesley Whyte. Not only was she the photographic guru, never tiring of reminding us of shutter speed, aperture [...]

Türkiye #11: All those cats and kittens

Dear friends, I realized that I couldn't finish this series without focussing on the many cats that I encountered as I travelled through Türkiye. They were sleeping in corners and on comfortable cushions, peeping out from under cars or tables, enhancing the ruins at Ephesus, waiting for food at restaurants, adorning shop windows, accompanying [...]

Türkiye #10: Visiting Istanbul

Dear friends, My journey to Türkiye began and ended in Istanbul, so to finish off this series, here is a glimpse of this fabulous city and the treats within. There is so much to see and enjoy and we merely scratched the surface, so maybe another visit is in order to experience and learn [...]

Türkiye #9 : More on magical Cappadocia

Dear friends, One of the most famous sights in Cappadocia is the scores of hot-air balloons rising at dawn, a treat not to be missed. And what a wonderful way to start the day, although undoubtedly it was very early and very cold! Many already up and away when we arrived for our flight [...]

Türkiye #8: Magical Cappadocia

Dear friends, After our cruise along the Turquoise Coast and our visit to Ephesus, we said good by to three of our group, and the remaining four of us flew to Kayseri in Central Türkiye, and from there carried on by van to the region known as Cappadocia. I won't be the first and [...]

Türkiye #7: Ephesus, Sirince and carpets galore

Dear friends, Probably the best-known of all the ancient sites in Türkiye is Ephesus, so of course we had to visit. Unlike most of the sites we visited along the coast, where we were often the only visitors, this place was pretty busy with tourists, many 'selfie' occupied. Historical accounts and archaeological remains of [...]

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