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We had two different reactions from friends who learned that we were going up to Norway at the end of May. The first, and most spontaneous, was: “What a beautiful country.” Almost immediately...

Hiking in the English Lake District

It was a perfect summer’s evening way back in 1968 that I enjoyed my first trek into the English Lake District’s picturesque mountains. Some friends...

“We’re not doing anything this weekend. Let’s go to Porto.” This from the wife on a Tuesday afternoon. So off we went – Thursday evening on Ryanair direct Faro to Porto. The flight was inexpensive...

If you have lived in the Algarve for any length of time you surely have been over to Seville on numerous occasions. Like most, our visits have usually been with house guests and have been centered...

Before the elections which took place in Myanmar in November 2015, there was worldwide debate on the propriety of visiting this closed ex-member of the British Empire.

Myanmar (formerly...

Faial

The Azores islands are conveniently split into three groups, spread over 600km of ocean: São Miguel and Santa Maria in the east; Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the...

The nine islands of the Azores archipelago lie due west of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean some two hours flying time from Lisbon. They are one of Europe’s best-kept secrets with...

Lanzarote (named after the Genovese navigator Lancelotto Malocello) is one of those places that many people have heard of but few have actually visited or even know much about. Helga and I...

Moab is an unassuming little town in eastern Utah near the mighty Colorado River. Native Americans were the earliest dwellers in this harsh desert environment and the town’s name may have its...

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