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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Flying from Dubai to Baku in Azerbaijan late last year a wonderful view of Iran’s snow-capped Mt Damavand popped up in my Fly Dubai 737 window.

▲ A few months later (ie just a week or two ago), flying from London to Singapore there it was again, this time I was flying across the Caspian Sea from Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan and it was rather further away from my Singapore Airlines 777, but still a great view.

▲ An hour earlier another notable mountain made an appearance. This time it was Mt Ararat, where Noah popped the Ark down as the world dried out after the great deluge. We’d crossed the eastern edge of the Black Sea and were flying from Georgia into Azerbaijan as I looked south across Lake Sevan to the mountain. I’ve seen Mt Ararat a couple of times before from the road between the Iran border and Doğubayazit in Turkey, eastbound following the hippie trail in 1972 and westbound following the Silk road in 2017.

◄ A few days later coming in to Melbourne from Sydney on a Qantas 737 there were fine views of Lake Eildon, the reservoir lakes for the city of Melbourne which often shows up on the final descent into Melbourne.

More Aerial Views

16 March 2019 | Transport

Flying from Dubai to Baku in Azerbaijan late last year a wonderful view of Iran’s snow-capped Mt Damavand popped up in my Fly Dubai 737 window. ▲ A few months later (ie just a week or two ago), flying from London to Singapore there it was again, this time I was fly...

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Empty Skies

15 March 2019 | Transport

Of course the skies are currently empty of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, but as a result of the recent India-Pakistan dispute, from Wednesday 27 February Pakistan closed its airspace to commercial flights. All those flights between Europe and South-East Asia – Bangkok, Kua...

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Courtyard Blackbirds, Backyard Dragon

13 March 2019 | Living

We often have birds nesting in our courtyard in Australia, it’s totally enclosed so they’re safe from cats and other intruders. The last few years it has been blackbirds, which are an exotic, ie not a native Australian bird. This year they produced not one, but three ...

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The Maldives – not for me thank you

4 March 2019 | Places

Flying between Europe and Australia I regularly gaze down at the Maldives and on one occasion, five years ago, I even blogged about identifying the islands I was flying over from 35,000 feet. So it was time I paid a Maldives visit although I don’t think I’m going t...

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Cruising on an 1891 Overman Victor

2 March 2019 | Transport

I had a ride in Melbourne with the Vintage Cycle Club on their annual city cruise. I was riding an 1891 Overman Victor sprung frame ‘safety bicycle’ borrowed from the Farren Collection’s wonderful assortment of old bicycles. ‘Safety’ means it has equal-sized wheels an...

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London – round the city

26 February 2019 | Places

▲ This year so far I’ve been in Melbourne, Sydney, New York City and London. Passing through Gloucester Rd tube station on the District Line this art work pops up beside the line – it’s lettie eggsyrub by Heather Phiillipson, part of the Art on the Underground project...

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New York City – tall, skinny skyscrapers

25 February 2019 | Places

A brief visit to New York and early one morning, walking from West to East Manhattan, to East 56th St, I spot this very tall, very skinny skyscraper. It’s 111 West 57th St, one of the current craze for very tall, very skinny skyscrapers sprouting up around the city. T...

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Sydney Walks

21 February 2019 | Places

Walking was the order of the day on a recent trip to Sydney with a bunch of friends. The city has great walks, harbour side and ocean side. ◄ We started with the 10km harbour side walk from Spit Bridge (Mosman on the North Shore) to Manly, which is on Sydney ...

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Erith Island & Bass Strait

13 January 2019 | Places

My island travels for Australia’s Islands, my book to be published by the National Library of Australia in October 2019 took me to a number of wonderful islands off the Western Australia coast in late 2018. I drove up to Dirk Hartog Island, took a lightplane out to th...

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The Best Moment of Your Life

30 December 2018 | Media

Although I’m now 10 years away from Lonely Planet they’re still nice to me and ask me to lend my expertise (whatever there is of it!) to projects like the annual Best in Travel and to assorted new publications. ▲ Creg-ny-Baa corner on the Isle of Man TT Mountain Ci...

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