We so often think of ancient Rome, the famous sights of Athens, the Pyramids and wonders of Egypt to be the highlights of western antiquity. Another country, Turkey, bridges the lands between east and west and holds a wealth of civilisation and history with vast treasures just waiting to be rediscovered by the more intrepid traveller.
Tourists visiting Turkey may coo at the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, they may rave at the natural wonders of Pamukkale or Cappadocia; however, far too often a trip to Turkey is undertaken as a whistle-stop tick the boxes type of tour and given the vast size of the country it seems, at the least, to do a vast disservice to both host country and visitor alike.
It is tempting if one only has a short break or a tight budget to try to cram as much in as possible. I would suggest that visitors could get “more bang for their buck” by concentrating on a couple of regions and endeavouring to spend less time travelling on long distance buses and more of their valuable vacation actually in situ.
Continue reading Selçuk, Turkey and the riches of Anatolia
I have to admit it; I am a sucker for waterfalls. I will hike through jungles and climb mountains to find them. Okay that may be a little bit of an exaggeration; nonetheless I will travel far and wide to gaze upon these wonders of nature and marvel at the force and ferocity of the water.
This time I was aiming to get to the big daddy of them all, less flow overall than Niagara but absolutely first class in presentation; getting there on the other hand was a little more complicated.
Located in the far reaches of a finger of northeast Argentinian territory poking into the border of Brazil and Paraguay, Iguazu falls draws visitors from all over the world be it by bus plane or car. As I was in Buenos Aires, the most typical starting point for a trip to the falls, I had several options; I could board a bus for the twenty-four hour trip, undoubtedly the cheapest way, or I could opt for a short flight to the airport on the Argentine side of the falls.
Continue reading The Fall(s) Guy – Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Foz do Iguaçu Brazil
Needless to say I am stunned. As a traveller we can prepare for bandits, corrupt governments and red tape, tropical diseases and minor to major accidents. If it hasn’t killed you then are still on the road.
An overwhelming desire to ignore aches and pains and accept them as a traveller’s burden may have contributed to my late diagnosis, I will never know.
My most recent trip was an adventure through Nepal, India and Thailand for the final month. All was going swimmingly with plenty of stories and heaps of great photos as I took some much needed r and r in Phuket, Thailand.
Over the latter few weeks of the trip I had lost a bit of weight and put it down to a change in diet and abstinence from alcohol however after my return flight to Germany I could tell that I was having a few issues with fatigue and weakness.
The Internet can be a great resource for travellers to query symptoms and get all paranoid about crazy tropical diseases and to that end I was trawling and looking for possible clues to any problem.
Continue reading A bump in the road: you have cancer!
Backtracking along the Pokhara Kathmandu road is the only sensible way to head down to the Chitwan National Park save taking a plane and even that is problematic.
Getting aboard a half decent bus is the first priority, most guesthouses will sort that out for you and take the strain out of the chaos at the bus park. Aside from Greenline there are no “luxury” buses heading this way so nearly everyone is in the same boat, or rather bus. I recommend a seat by the window in the middle of the bus, the front can get busy and in the back you will feel every pothole…and there are many!
The road climbs slowly out of Pokhara and begins its journey eastward to the mountains, the plains disappear and the gorges commence. Rapids run to one side of the road with adventurous white water rafters braving the rocks whilst stoic bus passengers cling, white knuckled, to their armrests enjoying the magnificent views; mentally drafting their last will and testaments.
Continue reading A walk on the wild side: Chitwan National Park Nepal