A bad travel photo of an Aboringine in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territories, Australia.
A bad travel photo of an Elephant taken in Ko Samui, Thailand.
Thanks to the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Bangkok is a great place to top up on your vaccinations for travelling further afield in Southeast Asia or for future trips to other parts of the world. Even Brits with access to the NHS can find bargain jabs, while Americans can save a small fortune getting their injections in this efficient medical centre.
The previous night had been spent in the hostel garden with a chap called Rick experimenting with the effects of a bottle of SangSom ‘Thai Whisky’ on the brain and body. Rick had been travelling for seven years and had collected enough tales in that time to merit a second bottle and - once the shops had shut - a visit to the hostel bar.
I didn’t sleep through every major festival in Cusco. The feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the body of Christ and events are held around the world by some Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran Churches.
Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, was a celebration of the winter solstice and a way to greet the new year in the southern hemisphere. Dedicated to the sun god, Inti, the ceremony was the most important in the Incan calendar.
Like most tourists to New York I visited the Empire State Building on my trip to New York. Unlike most tourists I haven’t been to the top. I stood in the queue until my impatience kicked in and instead followed a far shorter line down some steps and into what happily turned out to be the bar.
I love Egypt. It may even be my favourite country but there is no doubt it is one of the most stressful to travel around. From the moment a tourist steps outside their hotel door they become a target of all manner of touts and claims that ‘my [insert item here] is the best [insert item here]’ even if you had never cared for a [insert item here] before or even now.
American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" on first seeing Iguazu Falls. The photo above is of the spectacular Devil’s Throat, where half the Iquazu River’s flow drops down 82 metres through a 150 metre wide U-shaped chasm. In 2011, Iguazu Falls was voted one of the winners of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders of the World Foundation.
Billing itself as the world’s most unusual building site, Chateau Guédelon is an archaeological experiment. Using 13th century building methods a team of quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters, and their horses, are building a castle out of wood and stone using techniques resurrected from illustrations and other sources.