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Ye Old York – How To Have A Very Merry Time Indeed

I first saw York from the car window. An instant in between passing trees, road signs and traffic lights. A glimpse. I’d seen York before. In my dreams. Through books I’d read and stories I’d loved, through history passed down through the eyes of those who’d called York their homeRead More

The Real Mary King’s Close: What Really Lies Beneath Edinburgh

When planning a visit to Edinburgh, there can be so much to see and do. I know exactly how overwhelmed a traveler can get, scanning Trip Advisor anxiously for the best reviews, scouring the web for informative travel blogs, trying to gain some insight into this marvellous city of culture,Read More

Stones, Sovereigns and Spellbinding Stories

Exploring Four of Scotland’s Most Legendary Castles What makes castles so iconic that they inspire legends, conjure folk tales and weave experiences that echo across time? All across the world they rise above the land, icons of architecture, heritage and culture, strongholds in long and bloody wars, inspirations for fairytales,Read More

A Trek Through Time … A Great Wall Hiking Adventure

The sheer scale of the crumbling 14th Century walkway on which I stood, overlooking the rugged valleys below in the distance, made me contemplate what must have motivated the First Ming Dynasty Hongwu Emperor to build it. He had risen as high as this wall, in just as short aRead More

Humayun’s Tomb: Paradise Lost and Found

It was dawn in New Delhi, but already the traffic was entangled, a coil of cars, buses, trucks, tuk-tuks, rickshaws and cows, a crescendo of beeping horns and swerving tires, all illuminated by the blood red sun burning through the indomitable smog. It was India, Day 2. We were standingRead More

Moscow’s Hidden Stories

We skidded our way across the ice to the base of the towering sombre statues of Cyril and Methodius, the founding fathers of the Russian Cyrillic Alphabet. It was here at their stone feet that our free tour of Moscow was about to commence. Every place we go carries withRead More