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USA #4 – Fall Colors in Vermont

Dear friends, I have long wanted to see the fall colours in Vermont and it turns out that I was there at the optimum time to glory in those remarkable colours and bright landscapes.  How great to have my friend Lois who lives near Duxbury, between Montpelier and Burlington, to take me through some stunning [...]

USA #2 Out and about in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

Dear friends, Such a lovely week in around Washington DC, staying with my friend Betsy, a colleague from my Geneva days, and meeting up with others from my past, the Ethiopian artist Wasihun (see my most recent journal entry), with Carroll who was UNICEF rep in Myanmar when I worked there for the International Red [...]

Zanzibar #1 – Stonetown

Dear friends, Yep, I'm travelling again.  This time to spend a few days in Zanzibar with a friend and then on to Madagascar to explore the National Parks for a couple of weeks. I flew from Bangkok to Zanzibar via Nairobi and Kilimanjaro which afforded me some magnificent views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru rising above [...]

Oman #8 – Castles, crystals and camels

Dear friends, My final story from Oman comes from the wonderful southern city of Salalah where we spent three days in and around the city, visiting the beautiful coastline where there were more camels than people on the long white beaches, learning about the ancient trade in frankincense, seeing the tombs of holy men, relaxing [...]

Oman #5 – A Fort, firearms and flowers

Dear friends, After the fascinating morning at the goat market I wrote about in the last blog, we also spent time in the wider market and then visited the Nizwa's Round Tower Fort. Later, we walked through a fascinating hillside village and then settled into a wonderful 'eco-luxe' hotel for the night called 'The View', [...]

Riding Yangon’s Circular Train

Dear friends, For a long time I have been wanting to travel the Circular train route around Yangon, and finally, I have done it together with Andy, a friend since many years and newly established Tour Guide and Operator. Will tell you more about his business in a later blog just in case you are [...]

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