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  • Vytautas Mineral Spa – My Favourite Hotel in the Spa Town of Birštonas in Lithuania

    Vytautas Mineral Spa – My Favourite Hotel in the Spa Town of Birštonas in Lithuania

    From the outside the Vytautas Mineral Spa resembles a long-armed space ship that has carefully set itself down on earth beside a lake surrounded by luscious green parkland. It was hard to believe that I was within five minutes' walk of the centre of Birštonas a pretty spa town in Lithuania ...

  • Water and Whales in Birštonas, a Spa Town in Lithuania

    Water and Whales in Birštonas, a Spa Town in Lithuania

    The pretty spa town of Birštonas in Lithuania nestles in a loop of the River Nemunas. it owes its prosperity to the mineral waters that flow beneath it. It guards these precious waters through the belief that they are protected by a mythical whale ...

  • A Day Trip to Sandoy One of the Faroe Islands

    A Day Trip to Sandoy One of the Faroe Islands

    Sandoy, one of the Faroe Islands, is relatively flat and very green. It was named after its large beach and sandy soil. It is the only island with dunes - black basalt sand dunes. Birds congregate in large numbers on the cliff face of its headland and tourists seeking an adrenalin rush can replicate the hunting techniques of the islanders by rappelling an activity similar to abseiling ...

  • Hotel Føroyar – A Special Hotel in Tórshavn, Capital of the Faroe Islands

    Hotel Føroyar – A Special Hotel in Tórshavn, Capital of the Faroe Islands

    When I arrived at the Hotel Føroyar I was delighted to see that it had a traditional turf roof. But I could not help wondering if this was genuine. The turf roof comprises a covering of birch bark topped by tiles of turf has been popular since prehistoric times. Today they continue to triumph over other possible materials as the advantages include the absorption of rainwater and the provision of insulation in winter yet they are cool in summer. My doubts were soon removed by the sight of new turf being laid in one section of the roof. The presence of a lone black sheep had me wondering if he was waiting to graze the new grass ...

  • Four Highlights of Streymoy one of the Faroe Islands

    Four Highlights of Streymoy one of the Faroe Islands

    Streymoy is one of the Faroe Islands, a group of eighteen islands isolated in the middle of the Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland. They are part of Denmark but self-governing. The islands are connected by under-sea road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges. The biggest of these islands is Streymor but the airport is on the island of" Vágar. The two islands are connected by an under-sea tunnel. Thin soil and turbulent weather mean the islanders have to scrape a living as best they can. When it rains waterfalls cascade down the slopes of mountains and hills creating a spectacular landscape. One I was able to appreciate as I arrived in the rain ...

  • Tórshavn, the Captivating Capital of the Faroe Islands

    Tórshavn, the Captivating Capital of the Faroe Islands

    On arrival in Tórshavn Faroe Islands I caught a tantalising glance of the red and white tower of a lighthouse on a promontory at the far end of the harbour. I decided this should be my starting point and set off to investigate. At first I did not appreciate that the steps I was climbing were actually part of Skansin the only remaining fort of the four that were built to defend the town and Streymoy, its island home. During the sixteenth century Tórshavn had become established as a trading centre and vulnerable to pirate attacks from across the North Atlantic ...

  • A New Travel Journal

    A New Travel Journal

    The Experienced Traveller's journal has evolved from a pile of diaries recording travel experiences over more than twenty years of exploring the world. Travelling with groups or travelling alone visiting new destinations is always a joy. Of course, it does not always go smoothly, planes are delayed, buses break down, luggage gets stolen but this is all part of the stories we are creating ...

  • Haeinsa Temple - A Buddhist Jewel in South Korea

    Haeinsa Temple - A Buddhist Jewel in South Korea

    A visit to Haeinsa Temple in South Korea is both a walk in a park and a cultural experience. The mountains and valleys of Gayasan National Park make a splendid back drop for the temple. Mount Gaya has long been considered a sacred site of Buddhism …

  • Entering the Dragons’ Den at Tongdosa Temple in South Korea

    Entering the Dragons’ Den at Tongdosa Temple in South Korea

    My visit to Tongdosa Temple coincided with the preparations for the birthday of Buddha. Celebrations for this event not only encompass Buddhist temples but the whole country and it is a holiday for everyone, whatever their religion. I approached the first gate at the entrance to the temple under a canopy of brightly coloured decorations inflated fish. Stepping through this gate I entered the dragons’ den …

  • Jeonju, A Cultural Corner of South Korea

    Jeonju, A Cultural Corner of South Korea

    The small town of Jeonju in South Korea is inextricably linked with the history of Korea. One of its most important historical monuments is the Omokdae Terrace. This terrace, on top of the hill overlooking the town is famous as the place where Yi Seong Gye, later known as King Taejo, hosted an outdoor banquet for his family ...

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