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Going native in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | Views [934]

For travellers who’ve been going eastwards round the world, taking a five hour flight westwards from Mauritius to Cape Town was a bit of a wrench but that’s what happens when airlines pull flights for commercial reasons. Despite Anna’s best efforts ... Read more >

Two little dots in the Indian Ocean

MAURITIUS | Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 | Views [801]

We travelled to what seemed like the end of the earth and found paradise…on two little dots in the Indian Ocean off southern Africa beyond Madagascar: Mauritius and its little sister island Rodrigues, 650 kms further east. Never heard of Rodrigues? ... Read more >

Photos: Two little dots in the Indian Ocean

MAURITIUS | Sunday, 23 Sep 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Stretching friendships in England

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | Views [569]

We got very lucky flying out of Berlin on Friday. Lufthansa’s entire flight staff were on strike (after being asked to take a hefty pay cut) and we were on a Lufthansa ticket. Fortunately their subsidiary British Midland Airways wasn’t and we got ... Read more >

Photos: Dawdling through Deutschland

GERMANY | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Dawdling through Deutschland

GERMANY | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | Views [849]

Sunday A reunion with the Grutzner family in Germany was a key part of our Gap Yah planning. I hadn’t been to Peitz since 1990, when I took Christina and a 9-year-old Manuela home from Paris after their very first trip to the West, and ... Read more >

La Belle France

FRANCE | Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | Views [626]

Every journey begins with but a single step and ours started at 5.30 am in a bid to beat the traffic flowing north into France. You won’t be surprised to read that there were moments early on when we were the only people on the road and worried ... Read more >

Basking in Barcelona

SPAIN | Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | Views [689]

Monday We can’t say we weren’t warned: Barcelona in August is like sticking your head in the oven and finding you can’t escape when you’re cooked! The temperature didn’t drop below 30 degrees all week, even in the wee hours. Thank God for our ... Read more >

Une semaine on the Canal du Midi

FRANCE | Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | Views [809]

Going cruising on a canal is a wondrous change of pace because there’s a speed limit of 8 km/h in France and every time you feel like doing anything energetic, you arrive at a lock with a restaurant nearby and the lock keeper has gone to lunch.... Read more >

Meillonnas not Mayonnaise

FRANCE | Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | Views [735]

Day One   After a long day in the car from Erlangen it was delightful to slip into Jura time and wander the village this morning. In the afternoon we did the same in neighbouring Treffort. These delightful little towns struggle to keep the ... Read more >

Erlangen pilgrimage

GERMANY | Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | Views [815]

When you’ve crossed the Pacific in a one-er, the Atlantic seems like a pond. Lufthansa did a good job getting us over but we have to say the world spins too fast. When you take a seven hour flight ex NY starting at 6pm US time, it’s only about ... Read more >

Bumming about in Brooklyn

USA | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2012 | Views [584]

Friday We set off from Brooklyn for the ultimate tourist experience of a cruise on the Hudson River and around the Statue of Liberty. Turned out it was us, a couple of locals and about 300 Chinese visitors who are very keen on all things ... Read more >

Noo Yawk

USA | Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | Views [466]

Travelling to the eastern US without   going to New York is a bit like having a bath with your socks on, so off we went on Tuesday July 31. It’s only a four hour drive from Bawston and what’s more, you can collect states. You start in Massachusetts ... Read more >

Photos: Noo Yawk

USA | Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | Photo Gallery

Hitting the Big Apple
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Travels through New England

USA | Sunday, 29 Jul 2012 | Views [565] | Comments [2]

Thursday: Last day in Magog, Canada Andrew and Henry played golf on the nearby Hermitage 9-hole course, which is nestled between the lake and a lovely forest. They barely saw another soul and Henry’s golf was a triumph of experience over youth.... Read more >

Photos: Canadian exploits

CANADA | Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Canadian exploits

CANADA | Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | Views [679]

Montreal 1 Brandy Ho’s in San Fran was a significant step up from our previous Chinese dinner and we were in good shape to get the plane to Montreal on Saturday afternoon. Air Canada got   off to an indifferent start by charging us $C45 to ... Read more >

Veterans of San Fran

USA | Saturday, 21 Jul 2012 | Views [658] | Comments [2]

Day Three continued: We went along to the Beach Blanket Babylon cabaret in the evening (thanks Richard, thanks Haysey) and enjoyed it enormously. Hillary Clinton and Tina Turner were my favorite send-ups. Amazing to think they have reinvented that show ... Read more >

First shaky steps in San Fran

USA | Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | Views [869] | Comments [1]

It's a heck of thing to look in your passport to find you haven't been out of the country for two and a half years but that's what we discovered while waiting to board United Flight 870 at Sydney airport: but it certainly heightens the anticipation.... Read more >

Photos: First shaky steps in San Fran

USA | Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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