The first half of Myanmar was great. The second half was brilliant. Bagan – the first stop of part two – was on another level. Hundreds and hundreds of ancient brick temples dotted across green horizons with hills and mountains providing a beautiful backdrop, the sunset illuminating the scene with an ethereal glow, the panorama magical and mystical, our eyes, full of wonder, watching as it faded to black.Read more "Two weeks in Myanmar (Burma) Part 2: Bagan, Kalaw, and Inle Lake"
In the most part untouched and undeveloped Burma has an authenticity unlike anywhere else I’ve been. Few visitors, few Western influences, very “real”. Our faces turned heads (nothing to do with my good looks, not lost, rather never had) nearly everywhere we went. Only welcoming tourism recently, it is still a novelty for residents of […]Read more "Two weeks in Myanmar (Burma) Part 1: Yangon to Bagan"
Let’s get one thing clear – Myanmar and Burma are the same country. The then-ruling military “changed” from “Burma” to “Myanmar” in 1989 – although it remains contested. I will use Burma because it’s faster to type and “Burmese” works better than “Myanmarian”. After two-and-a-half months working our way from Istanbul to Rome we jumped […]Read more "Now for something a little bit different… Myanmar (Burma): An introduction"
I don’t really like Bangkok. This is the third time I’ve passed through, each for a couple of nights. It hasn’t grown on me.Read more "Bangkok: It’s better to travel than to arrive"
The European leg of our odyssey has come to an end after 80 days, 13 countries, around 40 trains and buses, and countless fantastic places. Starting in Turkey and travelling through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy our last days were in Rome, to mutilate an overused […]Read more "Güle güle, Довиждане, la revedere, viszontlátásra, Auf Wiedersehen, Ahoj, збогом, Zbogom, Doviđenja, arrivederci, goodybe, Europe"
“Firenze” – to give the city its far cooler Italian name – is one big open air museum (© Florence Tourism), its components smaller museums, them seemingly made up of smaller museums which in turn contain smaller museums still, a huge Babushka museum doll, a thousand wonders contained within the ancient city walls. The sprawling […]Read more "Florence: the cultural mother lode, culture overload"
In perhaps the least surprising news ever, Venice is amazing. I can add little that hasn’t been said already; it’s a truly unique place, a genuine wonder of the world, everyone must visit once in their lives, there’s nowhere quite like “Venezia”. The scale, the architecture, the culture, the history, and the remarkable canal network, […]Read more "So, Venice is nice…"