Category: World

Summer Wildflowers of Bangadilly, Australia

Fringe Lily, Thysanotus tuberosus  Here in Australia it’s early summer and already the scorching hot, dry days are setting in. I escape the heat for a walk in nearby Bangadilly National Park, where closer inspection of the ground cover reveals an array of wildflowers.   Many are small, intricate forms less than a centimetre in diameter. I wonder how they can survive the heat, sheltered only by the sparse shade of shrubs and native trees.  I feel privileged to live right across the road from such beautiful hidden treasures, and happily souvenir a collection of photos, so I can enlarge them, research their names and observe their beauty in greater detail when I return home.  It makes...

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A Magical Christmas in Strasbourg

Strasbourg is home to one of the oldest and most famous Christmas Markets in the whole of Europe. From late November until the end of December, the city is transformed – and it now attracts around two million visitors each year!   This is a place where children’s eyes shine – a place where fairy tales could quite easily come to life…   In fact, lots of fairy tale characters grace the buildings here! Strasbourg considers itself ‘The Capital of Christmas’ – and on arrival at the futuristic train station, there are posters and billboards promoting ‘Strasbourg Capital de...

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Berlin Minimal – The Berlin Wall

Those of you born after 1989 may find the hard to believe but the in the post war era, during the so called Cold War, the ‘Two Tribes’ of Communism and Capitalism faced off against each other for decades.  Much of this time we lived under the fear of nuclear war between the super power blocks.    The greatest symbol of this Cold War was the Berlin Wall – a 140 kms long wall that was built in 1961 by the Soviet backed East German Government to stop the exodus of East Germans to the Western sector.  There is a long history to the wall – including the killing...

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Juno Beach Pier, Florida: Colours and Scenes

When myself and Hubby decided to move from Myrtle Beach, SC to Jupiter Florida, and we found ourselves living a mere 3.2 miles from the beach, I decided to create a tradition. Jumping up before the sun reaches the horizon and to see if I could capture some decent sunrises around Juno Pier was my plan. No, of course I couldn’t do it every single morning, we do get a lot of rain in South Florida and we had one or two little windy events which put a damper, excuse the pun, on my dawn forays. Having lived in...

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Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

I’m walking along a small ledge, about a metre or so wide. To my right is a steep slope which levels off around 20 metres below me, and to left is a sheer drop which is probably a few hundred metres down but the cloud cover below me prevents me from seeing the full extent of the drop. In front of me is a bridge that looks like it has been put together during a period when sturdy Italian planks were in very short supply. I unclip one karabiner from the iron cable and re-clip it back on the...

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Hiking in the Dolomites

Italy is such a seductive place for the traveller. I don’t think that there is is another country that has so much beauty and difference in such a relatively small area. Be it the rolling hills of Tuscany, the dramatic Amalfi coast, the stunning great lakes of the North, the historic towns and cities, the food, the wine, or the beautiful people. La dolce vita. There is so much to enjoy in Italy and for walkers it even has the most beautiful mountains. The Dolomites are dramatic, spectacular, colourful, and should be on any hiker’s to do list, or...

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Get Active and Explore Catalunya – Go for it!

Déu n’hi do! Wow in Catalan. It’s a word I used a lot on a recent trip to Catalunya when experiencing what the great outdoors there has to offer, and if active holidays are your thing then then this is a place for you. I was based in and around the districts of Solsonès and Alt Urgell in Lleida. An area of rolling hills, castles, historic towns, and to the north the magnificent Catalan Pyrenees tempt you to explore them. This is a great area to visit if you love the countryside, nature, mountains, and activity holidays, and luckily...

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Gorilla Tracking Uganda – The Habinyanja Family

It was a new day and was lucky enough to have a second day of tracking a Mountain Gorilla family. After the trek, excitement and amazement from the previous days meeting with a wild Gorilla family, I was so very much looking forward to meeting another group today. Having that previous day’s experience allows me now to relax more and look on and see deeper into these truly wonderful wild animals. I must thank firstly The Insurance Emporium for helping me make this special trip! Also, if you want to win this trip for yourself you can go enter...

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