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Madeira Day 3 – West Island tour

Organised tours are generally not my cup of tea…being herded from site to site, crushed under the hoofs of 50…

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Madeira Day 2 – East Island Tour

Luis Suarez, wearing a suit with black bowtie and a chauffeur’s hat, greeted us at the hotel and asked us…

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4 Days in Madeira Day 1 – Around Funchal

It’s wonderful when a place completely surpasses your expectations.  Every view seems sharper and more colourful, every ice-cream creamier and…

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7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 5 – Yala National Park

Glamping was a first for both of us.  Coming back from an incredible safari, which included a lucky sighting of…

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7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 4 – Mirissa

The southern coastal road from Unawatuna to Mirissa throws up spectacular scenes of village life, gorgeous beaches untouched by tourism,…

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Portugal – Alto Douro (Pinhao and Provesende)

It’s one of the most beautiful train journeys in Europe.  Two and half hours from Porto on the train from…

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Porto – first impressions

My wife and I arrived in Porto on the 20th September 2016.  Our birthday.  Blue skies and warm weather greeted…

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7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 3 – Unawatuna and Galle

Today we walked the sands of Unawatuna, released a baby turtle at the Turtle Sanctuary and Hatchery, and wandered the…

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7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 2 – Unawatuna

May Day.  We awoke to a gloriously sunny day, and went down for a decadent breakfast with a wonderful sea…

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7 days in Sri Lanka Day 1 – Colombo

It takes three hours and 15 minutes to get to Colombo from Singapore with Emirates, and the flight arrives at…

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