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Canada, a place of infinite promise

Jul 9th, 2010 | By

It’s Day 8 and its been a glorious day as far as the weather an scenery has been concerned. But before I get too over excited lets get you back to a few days ago.

Nice run up through the island via Campbell River were we stopped over for one night before travelling on via Telegraph Cove and then on to Port Hardy. The trip to Telegraph Cove is one of the tour highlights as we charter a boat and go out cruising the offshore islands searching for wildlife but sadly the whales were not around but we did have some great encounters with the Bald Eagles.

Adrenalin Rush

Dec 11th, 2009 | By

I must have reached a point in my life where clearly there was an urgent need for some adrenalin rush because last week I bought a V8 engine’d gas guzzling MG that has your eyeballs pinned to the back of your skull when your right foot inadvertently applies too much pressure to the go-faster peddle and this week I find myself in a country that I have never been to before and that speaks a language that just as well be Martian!

Guilin City of Water

Sep 22nd, 2009 | By

It was a two hour flight from Xian to the southern city of Guilin and the contrast between the former and the latter could not be more different. Before getting in to the interesting bits its perhaps worth remembering that the city’s Jiangbei Airport is a bit archaic so despite how desperate you may be to use the washrooms avoid the first few you come to as these are basic Chinese style and clearly have not been cleaned since Allcock & Brown flew the Atlantic!

Xian’s Treasures

Sep 20th, 2009 | By

Pronounced ‘She-ann’ this central north-western city located in the province of Shannxi is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Not only has it been the capital city throughout 13 of Chinas major dynasties but it also marks the start point of the countries famous Silk Road. The city has been in existence for well over 3000 years and thankfully for us travellers a significant amount of this history remains for us to marvel at including an impressive fortified wall surrounded by a moat built some 600 hundred years ago during the Ming Dynasty although this was only to replace an earlier earth wall constructed by Emperor Liu Bang in 198BC.

Touring out of Beijing

Sep 7th, 2009 | By

For those wishing to explore further a field from the main city of Beijing then the obvious choice has to be the Great Wall of China. Our journey out included a stop at the Cloisonné Factory where one can see some of the most brilliantly crafted enamel on copper work in the world. The factory is some what archaic like stepping back into the early 1900’s and sadly the workers are not the highest paid considering the stunning work they turn out. The process is complex but basically thin copper wire shapes or forms are painstakingly glued on to say a plain copper bowl to eventually for intricate patterns and designs.

Sri Lanka: The Destination for 2010?

Aug 17th, 2009 | By

It seems that the troubles in Sri Lanka are over so it won’t be before long that tourism steps up as well. Here is a country that promotes itself widely at travel trade shows and supports advertising its appeal but the new stories must have contributed to the lack of people going there.