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Book Review and Commentary: From Cairo to Beirut. In the Footsteps of an 1839 Expedition through the Holy Land. By Sunil Shinde.

From Cairo to Beirut. In the Footsteps of an 1839 Expedition through the Holy Land. By Sunil Shinde. Foreword by Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet. Designed by Liliana Guia. Chin Music Press. Scottish artist David Roberts arrived in Cairo... Continue Reading →

Temple Timewarp: Dynastic and Imperial Kyoto, Japan – March 2014

When little MJ and I spent an all-too-brief half day in the historic Japanese city of Kyoto, it was to revel in the remnants of a Japan that was long gone. In Kyoto the material legacy of centuries of rule... Continue Reading →

By the Light of the Luminarias: A Moment out of Time – Nambé Pueblo, Christmas Eve 1995

The following is an edited extract from my travelogue for December 1995, written in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I was spending Christmas that year.  There have been a few, minor changes to the text for clarity and literacy.  I hope... Continue Reading →

Queen of the Silver Camps, haunted hotels and Las Vegas – 8 to 10 December 2016

Part 3 – California/Nevada Road Trip – December 2016  Tonopah, Nevada, was just an overnight stop on the way from Reno to Las Vegas on our road trip last December, but it has some fascinating history and is close to... Continue Reading →

Old Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and the Road to Reno – 5 to 8 December 2016

Part 3 – California/Nevada Road Trip – December 2016 Old Sacramento dressed for Christmas is a delightful place to wander and explore on foot, which I did at length while visiting the California State Capital last December.  The car had... Continue Reading →

Pyramid Lake, Fort Tejon, Old Sacramento and Cirque du Soleil – 4 December 2016

Part 2 - California/Nevada Road Trip - December 2016 It was always going to be a long drive - from Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley to Sacramento, the state capital of California.  And I had a deadline -... Continue Reading →

Britain’s ancient landscape as painter’s muse at Salisbury Museum – Museum Crush

Source: Britain’s ancient landscape as painter’s muse at Salisbury Museum – Museum Crush

Stone Sentinels of Salisbury Plain: Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral – June 2010

It was the day after the Summer Solstice and the field next to Stonehenge was still full of the camps of New Age Druids who had been present for the rising of the sun the morning before. There was even... Continue Reading →

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