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
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
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
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 …
Krka National Park - A Croatian National Treasure
Sunlight dancing on the blue water glimpsed through the trunks and branches of the trees foresting the banks of the river was entrancing. I was surrounded by the lakes and waterfalls of the Krka River in the Krka National Park. An area that encompasses the incredibly beautiful river basin …
Finland in the Wild
This winter I went to Narnia aka the Wild Taiga in Finland. I arrived in the early evening and was driven along snow covered roads through pools of yellow light cast by the street lights above us. After passing through the town of Kuhmo the residences thinned out quickly and were non-existent when we turned off the road. My hotel, Hotel Kalevala, looked like a fictional creation from the outside as it loomed up ahead through a misty haze. My adventure had begun ...
History on the Streets of Puerto del Rosario the Capital of Fuertevetura
I travelled to Puerto del Rosario on the public bus. When I arrived at the bus station I appeared to be in the middle of nowhere. Leaving the bus station, I was looking for clues regarding the whereabouts of the town centre. All I could see was a huge sculpture in the middle of a roundabout. I had noticed a few of these as we got nearer the town. I was soon to discover the decoration of roundabouts and the painting of huge murals was part of an initiative at the beginning of this century to turn the town into a sculpture park.
Christmas December 2017 – Where did that Year Go?
I was a bit later than usual writing my Christmas letter this year. The snow arrived early in the Dolomites and the thought of skiing fresh snow in December was irresistible. I went to my favourite resort, Madonna di Campiglio where I stayed at my favourite hotel, Hotel Lorenzetti. It was wonderful ...
Walking on the Island of Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is the oldest but the least developed of the Canary Islands. Its natural landscape and wild coastline is a lovely environment for some good walking. The best time to go walking on this island is the winter when the fierce winds that cool the hot summer sun have abated but the weather is still pleasantly warm ...
Vodice in Croatia - a Surprise Package
Strung along a large bay studded with small marinas and fringed with pretty beaches at first sight Vodice is just a popular seaside resort in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. But I was delighted to discover there are hidden depths to this pretty town ...