Today’s mystery location is found on warm shores. 21 years ago, I stumbled over this grave stone (literally). Where in the world can you read these cryptic words? (Bonus points if you can solve the riddle).
Caracas Today's travel photo is of Venezuela's busy capital. Rumour has it (or even statistics), this is one of the most crime-ridden cities anywhere. It's even dubbed the world's murder capital. Back in the 1990s, I walked all around a city with friendly people everywhere, with nothing remotely threatening or unpleasant happening to me. Would Caracas feel different today? Have [...]
Much can be said about cruise ships and their impact on ports in small countries, environmentally and visually. Sitting at a cafe in Devonport in 2003, all of a sudden a huge, white monster wall appeared before us, above the house tops. It was The World, then the world's largest cruise ship, passing through the Gulf of Hauraki for the [...]
Queen Emma pontoon bridge, Willemstad Curacao Today's travel photo is from a 17th century Dutch trading settlement. It's been many years since I visited, but I remember being enthralled by the cheerful, charming capital of Curacao and the Netherlands Antilles. Apparently, I'm not the only one. UNESCO has decided the European colonial old town and harbour of Willemstad is worth [...]
Brimstone Hill Fortress The Caribbean island of St Kitts was tossed back and forth between England and France in what seemed an interminable battle for most of the 17th and 18th centuries. The island was quite heavily fortified and Brimstone Hill is an exceptionally well preserved historical fort. It's a monument to brilliant British engineering - and to the work [...]
I'm not much of a coffee drinker. I don't particularly like the strong, slightly bitter taste, and it just doesn't do anything for me. It neither wakes me up in the morning nor keeps me awake at night. Maybe I'm immune. Apparently, I'm not alone. In fact, my reaction to the brew is positively friendly, compared to this anonymous author [...]
On a dramatic cliff in the hills above a large, brawling city, there’s a hotel. A deliciously kitsch, bright pink Hollywood hideaway in Acapulco, a secret refuge for film stars in the 1950s. We only stopped for the spectacular ocean views, and for drinks on a hot day, so this will not be a proper hotel review. I know nothing [...]
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