Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Portugal on a Budget

Portugal is growing in popularity as a travel destination. Find out whether it is possible to experience all the country has to offer if you’re on a budget.

Gateway to China

Hong Kong strikes the balance between bustling commercial hub and quintessential South East Asian cultural experience. Here are a few must-see places

Three chairs for Arne!

Designed for Copenhagen's Hotel Royal. which opened in 1960, Arne Jacobsen's Egg Chair cracked the nod in homes, offices, clubs and airports around the world, starring in several Hollywood movies and cradling the buttocks of the rich and famous.

Tilly Does Russia

Falcons and exotic little monkeys on display with their handlers complete the carnival atmosphere at Red Sqaure, abuzz with Russian and Asian tourists, a few gypsies, ‘guides’ trying to swindle roubles from the gullible, and even a Speakers’ Corner, where pro-communist comrades gather,

Luxury on board

From my bed I'd watch a Bloody Mary sunrise fortifying the day, then set off for breakfast at Terrace Café, followed by a cookery class, where I learnt to make scones and  a frittata. I believe I can fry!

Watching Wimbledon

Tournament chiefs insist they want to keep up with the times. If that that was the case, they would forgo their insistence on the ban on coloured clothing (whites are mandatory) for players in matches outside of the practise courts.

Room with a boo!

In the wee hours, I awoke with a start. Something ‒ or someone ‒ kept switching on the bathroom light. It would shine for a few minutes, then go dark. My husband snored on despite my persistent prodding, so I got up to gaze across the moonlit garden and fields, listening for clanking chains or deathly moans. Ikke noget!

Walk in the Chilterns

Living in the Chilterns is a bit like living through a Cold War thriller. Life does not stop here. Life rests to take in the beauty of cows grazing, to take in the admiration of ancient churches and – at times – the sight of knackered fridges, washing machines and cookers on the front lawns of people’s homes.

Krakow Addiction

Krakow is heading for stardom as the tourist hordes look for a new Prague to escape the crowds on the Charles Bridge.  And the city qualifies admirably for the task with museums and galleries galore, subdued prices and - for the moment at least - reasonable taxi drivers.

Dust, blood, and blisters

Every now and again my elephant would detour into the vegetation and snack on a small tree. Bits of jungle would tumble into my lap, sometimes with spiders still attached.

Alpine Adventure

Zermatt’s air is so crisp you can crunch it. I threw open the doors to my balcony overlooking snow-covered peaks, breathed in deeply, and lowered myself to the ground for a press-up. Very invigorating!

No place like Rome

The Colosseum towers over the Temple of Venus like a humungous stone skeleton. Even in its ruined state, it's easy to imagine the riotously hardcore events staged there 2000 years ago

Celestial Spectacle

Officially, the aurora-borealis comprises electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with gas molecules but the more arcane among us know these celestial emanations mark the entrance to a twilight paradise lit by a twin sun, where assorted beings, including Germans from the Vril Society, a few pixies, giants, and Lemurian descendants, have lived in perfect health for hundreds of years

Langjökull Ice Cave

Getting up to the entrance of the Langjökull Ice Cave is an adventure in itself. Tour guide Arngrimur Hermannsson drives visitors in a modfied version of a NATO rocket carrier. The behemoth has eight driven wheels and 48 gears with an on-board system to inflate or deflate the giant tyres

The Cabot Trail

From Baddeck the Cabot Trail winds along the edge of the lake.  It’s gaspingly pretty. Shimmering water winked at me through the birch trees. There were shingled barns sunken in green fields. I drove in a happy trance

Pristine Prague

The spirit of Prague lingers like the aroma of cinnamon from ubiquitous bakeries. You can smell it in the cobbled lanes once trodden by Mozart or eat the delicious exhibits at the Gingerbread Museum on Nerudova Street

Tapas Temptations

Along the Nervión River, industrial sites have been converted into conference centres, hotels and shopping arcades. Green fields and grazing sheep surround residential areas. 

Jim Thompson’s House

Did a tiger eat him? Did the CIA do him in? Was some Asian despot responsible, or a jealous lover? Nearly half a century later the mystery of what happened to Jim Thompson remains.

High and dry in the Atacama

En route to the geyser fields in El Tatio, large cacti stand sentry as alpacas, vicuñas, llamas and vizcacha chew at tufts of wild grass. Snow-streaked peaks beckon and you can walk on the roof of the world in the Andean meadows.

Slow train coming

The Glacier Express
Cowbells tinkle. Crows caw. A housewife sunbathes on the grass. Black-faced sheep frolic in a meadow. Village railway stations with names like Visp and Gletsch offer gateways to roads I have no time to explore.

Tilly does Croatia!

Arriving in Pula on the coast, we hired a car and drove on pristine roads passing old stone houses, ruins, churches, dry-stone walls, vineyards, olive groves, cornfields, mountains and woods