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Posts Tagged ‘ travel ’

Chapter 22 – To the Plains of Thessaly

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April 8, 2013
Chapter 22 – To the Plains of Thessaly

I’d been pedalling across Europe for some weeks now, travelled about fifteen hundred miles through nine countries and in that time seen what I considered to be my fair share of hills, from that puffy little rise on the way to Parenty my first day on the road, to those tortuous grinds in the...
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Memories of a Rainy Day in the Caribbean

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March 31, 2013
Memories of a Rainy Day in the Caribbean

Somehow rain just looks pretty on a rainy day in the Caribbean. But now all that is just a fanciful recollection as I am sitting back here shivering in rainy, snowy, frosty old England having just lobbed in here yesterday morning, jet-lagged and weary after a ghastly flight across the Atlantic. Already I am...
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Chapter 21 – The Adriatic Sea

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March 31, 2013
Chapter 21 – The Adriatic Sea

  The ferry company’s booking office was in an old dockside terminal that used to belong to the White Star Line back in the day, judging by the block letters still visible through the faded whitewash on the brick facade. It was crowded inside, a swirl of brassy voices and cigarette smoke and piled-up...
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The Western Embassy

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March 15, 2013
The Western Embassy

I am not really sure what the name of the place is, some call it the “Western Embassy” others refer to it as the “Seville Palace”, but by any name this little rum bar on a back road a few miles south of Road Town is quite a watering hole – friendly, engaging, boisterous,...
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In Dominica

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March 14, 2013
In Dominica

They say that is Christopher Columbus came back today he would probably recognize much of the coast of Dominica, an island in the Lesser Antilles that he ‘discovered’ back in 1493. It is still much the same steep, jungle-clad volcanic island that it was back then – wild and unspoiled enough for the producers...
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Caribbean Colours

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March 9, 2013
Caribbean Colours

One of the things I love best about getting out on my bicycle bright and early every morning is seeing the sunrise. Seeing it gives me a sense of ownership of the day. Happily enough, even though I have been off my bicycle for a month now – both because of injury and because...
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Chapter 18 – Road to Trieste

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March 3, 2013
Chapter 18 – Road to Trieste

Two nights later I was in Opicina, Italy, sprawled beside my bicycle at a scenic lookout on the Carso, the high limestone escarpment above Trieste.  The evening sun was low in the sky, the air sultry and scented with warm earth and pine, and the view lifted straight out of an old-style travel poster:...
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The Green Flash

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March 1, 2013
The Green Flash

No, not a post about Mark Cavendish and the odds of his winning the green jersey in this year’s Tour de France but about the tantalising, elusive burst of green light that occasionally comes with sunrises or sunsets at sea – at the precise moment leading edge of the sun’s disc rises above the...
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Greetings (and advice) from the Caribbean

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February 23, 2013
Greetings (and advice) from the Caribbean

Apologies for my seeming neglect these past couple of days but between the packing and the making ready to travel to the Caribbean and the actual hours spent in the air in getting here I have been unable to devote much time to preparing a post. But now I am here in Tortola, all...
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The Bridge of Dreams

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February 20, 2013
The Bridge of Dreams

All this fine weather and not only am I off the bike but packing to go overseas as well, for a month this time, to the Caribbean. I am going to Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. I am going there for work but this time it’ll be a different sort of work.  For...
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