Day Out Split: Hvar Island and Stari Grad

My little quest to see world heritage - places that deserve special protection for future generations - has provided some truly amazing experiences I’d never even have considered otherwise. 10 days ago, I was in central Croatia to explore four of them. However, I seemed [...]

2018-09-14T17:55:30+00:004 September 2018|Croatia, Daytrip, Islands, UNESCO World Heritage|

Yet another day out Beirut: Byblos, the world’s oldest city?

Is ancient Byblos the world's oldest continually inhabited city? Others make the same claim: Damascus and Aleppo in neighbouring Syria, and Jericho in Palestine, also in the general vicinity. Byblos was founded 7 000 years ago. Some say 9 000, some say 10 800. Either [...]

Day out Tbilisi: Ananuri Castle and Kazbegi Mountains

Along the Georgian Military Highway If you're following this blog - and reading this, chances are you're interested in the world's slightly more obscure places. You might for example have visited Georgia, or perhaps you're considering it for your next Euro/Asian jaunt. (Is the Caucasus [...]

2018-05-12T11:06:12+00:009 May 2018|Daytrip, Georgia|

Gori: birthplace of the world’s most infamous dictator

Looks innocent enough, doesn't he, young Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili? What could this rather dashing 20-something possibly have on his conscience? At the time of this portrait, probably not much else than the odd bank robbery. Give him a few years, however... Earlier, I mentioned visiting the [...]

2018-05-07T22:05:47+00:0017 April 2018|Daytrip, Georgia|

Day out Alicante: El Palmeral de Elche

So – you’re in the busy Costa Blanca, lounging on its lovely beaches. But for a bit of variety, you might be looking for something a little different to do. Perhaps away from the hustle and bustle? If so, may I recommend tranquility among palm [...]

Day out Bordeaux: Vauban’s military trilogy

Once an orphan living in poverty, later an engineering genius with a prestigious career. A familiar story, perhaps. Yet that doesn’t diminish its power to inspire. That is also the story of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban: military engineer, advisor to Roi Soleil Louis XIV, France’s [...]

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