Hotels – the best, the worst

18 April 2020 | Living

I’ve just looked at aerial views – since I’m unlikely to be looking out of aircraft windows again for a spell – so let’s look at hotels as well. My most recent hotel – a bit over four weeks ago, was the Novetel Cairo Airport, my second airport Novetel in the past year...

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Aerial Views & Ile Meyronnet

15 April 2020 | Transport

▲ This one sums up the problem, I was in transit through a very empty Hong Kong airport on my way to Wakayama. On Sunday 16 February the coronavirus hadn’t kicked into high gear. But it soon would. ▲ It looks like it’s going to be a while before I’m looking out of ...

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Casa – a guide to ‘Home’ – and people who haven’t gone home

4 April 2020 | Living

Lonely Planet’s Italian partners EDT have put out a new guidebook – well the cover at least – for the place we will probably be doing most of our travel in the coming weeks (or months): Home. It features – Tips from the experts – The secrets of the locality – Recom...

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Socotra – Weird Trees, Goats, Vultures, Fish

29 March 2020 | Places

Before returning to Australia for a statutory 14 day spell of self-isolation I was on the Yemeni Island of Socotra, staying in its main town, Hadibou. Socotra has been described as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean,’ but it’s the plant life which is of greatest inter...

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Hadibou – the largest town on Socotra, Yemen

26 March 2020 | Places

Hadibou – the largest town on Socotra Island and the capital of the island's eastern district – was my base while I travelled around that fascinating Yemen Island. ▲ The Central Mosque – I heard rather too much of this mosque during my stay in Hadibou. That’s the v...

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