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We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto: My big South American adventure – December 1990 & January 1991

I’ll never forget her. She was called Dorothy, just like the girl in the Wizard of Oz. However, our Dorothy wasn’t a girl any more, and I met her, not in Oz, but deep in the Amazon jungle. At the time we were travelling by boat down the mighty Amazon River. It was the start …

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Into the wild woods …

“Because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach ….. I went to the woods.” Henry David Thoreau Alaska 1999 Islands slide silently by on oiled tracks like big old blue whales dozing in quicksilver, their massive humps arching, …

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The Day The Whales Came

The sea around us was boiling as the large pod of whales circled our boat, rolling, breaching, diving and occasionally raising their heads to take a good look around. Now I have seen whales before. I have seen them in Alaska and on the New South Wales south coast. It is always a thrill – …

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POSTCARD from BALI: March 2003

In my head I carry an illuminated flip book of rich and beautiful moments. Some are of sounds – like the first time I heard the call to prayer echoing all around me in Istanbul’s dawn light; tastes – popping a sweet plump date in my mouth along with a sip of bitter black coffee …

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Temples Toast & Tea – Singapore’s Chinatown

Brothels, opium dens, gambling, vice … Singapore’s Chinatown had it all. Although today it is a shadow of its former murky and mysterious oriental self, it still provides a fascinating glimpse into another world, with hidden surprises everywhere you turn. A ten minute walk from where I am staying you cross over a bridge designed to …

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My Beautiful Turkey

My memories of Turkey will always be: of rugs unfurling . apple tea . the call to prayer echoing across the city . red poppies . Efes beer icy cold . minarets . joy . exquisite tiles painted with light . tears in ANZAC Cove . dervishes twirling – love made visible . gold script . …

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FRANCE: Joan of Arc & Mary Magdalene’s Bones

There is something about the story of Joan of Arc that ignites my soul. As we follow in her footsteps I ponder the miracle that was Joan – a 16-year-old-peasant girl who convinced an army of hardened soldiers to follow her into battle. She was just 19 when she was burned at the stake. It …

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FRANCE: Chamonix – Mont Blanc

“Have you ever thrown a fistful of glitter in the air.” PINK I am sitting at my window in Chamonix in the French Alps looking out over mountains taller than I could ever imagine mountains being. I have to bend sideways in my chair if I want to see their snow covered peaks lit up …

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At A Snail’s Pace

And tonight’s entree was …. l’escargot. You couldn’t get a more quintessentially French dish. Dressed in a garlic and parsley butter they were delicious. Add a glass of chilled white wine with a dash of blackcurrant liqueur and you have a specialty of one of the world’s most famous wine regions. I also had coq …

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Arabian Nights

I have never really been able to explain why I feel so completely at home in Dubai. Part of the United Arab Emirates (the bit without the oil wealth) Dubai has grown up in the middle of an expanse of desert which runs down to meet the sea. The temperatures are searing, local women, when …

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