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MAGICAL FLIGHT

Your Etihad Business begins with a Priority Pass through boring old Customs, to the usual magical array of Duty-Free Liquor, French Perfumes, jewellery, chocolates enough to put on kilos…You resist temptation, regardless of Oscar Wilde’s famous injunction. At the Etihad … Continue reading

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KNIGHT IN SHINING CHAIN MAIL

A chill London breeze whipped rain onto Liza’s trousers and into her soaked shoes, twilight swiftly descending. She took the map out of her pocket to check her location. I’m totally lost, she thought, feeling sick. The tube strike complicated … Continue reading

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SOUK AND SAND

SOUK AND SAND   Dubai is a city of exciting architecture, man made lakes, one hundred and fifty towers and multiple mosques. It was soon evident that half an hour for the DubaiMuseum is far from sufficient to linger over … Continue reading

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BATH AND THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY EXHIBITION

I’m not a train buff but have to concede there is something intrinsically romantic about the steam age and the achievements of that brilliant engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He was already renowned for design of  the SS Great Britain in … Continue reading

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PISCO SOUR

We loved Peru; the friendly people, the history, the ruins, the food, the landscape, especially the wild, mountainous terrain around the sacred Valley. But there are large areas of unproductive desert. One cannot help noticing the contrast between luxury hotels … Continue reading

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Santiago

On a clear day after rain we flew into Santiago, Chili, it looked lovely with a glittering bracelet of snow-capped peaks surrounding the city. I was surprised to find, pepper trees, just like those in playgrounds all over Australia. But, … Continue reading

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THISTLE-STOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (8)

Our group left Oban  for Inverary, ( pronounced Inverara) seat of the Campbells and Dukes of Argyll. Marjorie and I weren’t particularly looking forward to the Aberfoyle Wool Show, but the NZ compere not only had us laughing but also recounted some … Continue reading

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THISTLESTOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (7)

In a drizzle of fine rain we arrived at the Queen’s Hotel, Oban, where our room enjoyed views of the bay. The big McBrayne Ferries sailed right past the dining room window,  an ideal spot to share a drink with … Continue reading

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THISTLESTOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (6)

Next morning we set off along the Northern Scottish coastline, admiring the attractive white beaches. Inland we enjoyed the wild countryside,   rocky hills covered in brown heather and scrubby trees . We picked some white heather, said to be lucky, so … Continue reading

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THISTLESTOP TOUR TO BONNIE SCOTLAND (5)

We visited Dunrobin Castle,  built around 1401, probably on the site of a Medieval fort. Replete with paintings and treasures, it is home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. The splendid vistas of the formal gardens, and beyond to the sea, give … Continue reading

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