Wadi Rum, Orien’s Sword and of course Lawerence

After Petra we headed out to a jeep ride through the desert.  I was not to keen on this initially, as I had been on one of these in Dubai and it was a ride sliding up and down the dunes full of thrills and spills!  Frankly I felt car sick throughout it and one […]

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Petra (Five days before the flash floods)

So sad to hear today that there have been more flash floods in Petra. This blog was written just after we visited. I was sitting in the Hotel at breakfast remembering in Ireland where they so charmingly sit you at the table and ask you what hot meal you would like and sometime have trouble […]

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Travels in Jordan

After 24hours + travel I was warning Pat that this better be worth it and so far so good! We spent the first day resting and just wandering around the opulent part of town watching all the suave Jordanians with their pristine Dishdāshahs (the long tunic they wear) and perfectly ironed Turban and the women […]

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Final days in Tibet.

We are on our last night in Tibet and although sad to finish it I must be candid. I am looking forward to the luxury of home.  Tibet is not for the faint hearted.  The dilemmas start early morning when it as been -11°C about 20°F and you’re deciding whether to wear one or two […]

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Tibet

We had a long journey to Tibet, staring out at 3.30 am and arriving at 18.00.  To say we were tired was an understatement however we were met charmingly by our guide Tse Wang with white silk scarfs.  I had been warned by someone who was horrified that we were spending 8 days in Tibet […]

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Cruise on The Yangtze River and The Three Gorges Damn.

  We were sad to leave Guilin and Ian our guide who took us to the ‘off track’ places where  as Pat would say, we really got to ‘smell the roses’. When we landed in Chongquin, the biggest city in China with a population of 32 million (and I’ll bet no one who is reading […]

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Guilin, Tai Chi and cobra wine.

On arrival to Guilin there was the most beautiful aroma.  It is Osmanphus and apparently only blooms for one week every year.  Its gorgeous.  Ian is our Guide and he is very easy going and considerate as well.  He’s traveled quite a lot and is very intuitive to to travelers needs.  We decided to skip […]

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Xian, food, warriors and Guilin.

Ah the beauty of having a guide!  It was very late when we arrived in Xian and lovely to be met by Sharon who picked us up and brought us to the hotel. The Terracotta Warriors did not disappoint.  Pictures fail to show the full majesty of it all and I’m not sure what is […]

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