Travelog

Ketchikan, Alaska’s first city

Ketchikan, Alaska’s first city

May 21, 2017

As the jet noses through the clouds we are afforded our first sight of Alaska.  The scene is one of pine trees hugging a rugged coastline and calm steel grey water. If I crane my neck I can see through the opposite window the first houses of Ketchikan. Wooden houses, some log cabins, some grand

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Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

Apr 17, 2017

Patience is a virtue, Virtue is a grace, Grace is a little girl with dirt on her face. This pretty well sums up my dubious relationship with patience. In plain English,when patience was given out I wasn’t so much behind the door, as not even in the building. Once we made our decision to sell

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Moving On

Moving On

Mar 24, 2017

Before we can move on, we first have to move out. Close one chapter of our lives and open another, so much easier written than done. This week saw the launch of our property onto the market. The video which took more than half a day to shoot was cut down to just over two

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The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

Mar 17, 2017

First came the decision to radically change our lives, to sell up and travel. Then we had the reaction to our dream. These were mostly of the “go for it variety”, but a few pals think we have utterly lost what meagre marbles we possess, but hey we are used to that! Now we are

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The Reaction

The Reaction

Mar 9, 2017

Making the decision to radically change our lives was one thing, verbalising it was quite another. Up until that point we could have backed out and not lost credibility. But thanks to the wonderful world of social media once we had put the story out there, we didn’t have to wait long for the reactions to

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The Decision

The Decision

Mar 7, 2017

After nearly 14 years of running our multi award winning B&B we have decided it is time for a change. For a new adventure. And that adventure involves unpicking our lives, selling our home and business, and travelling. Travelling like we have never travelled before. Approaching mid 50s in my case and tumbling down the

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Sambor Prei Kuk

Sambor Prei Kuk

Feb 25, 2017

The all encompassing silence is broken by the sporadic chatter of a few tuk tuk drivers. I look back at them for reassurance that we are not totally alone here in this eerie spot. The smoke from their camp fire is trapped by the jungle and the smell of burning hangs in the air. We are

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The Cotswold Way – A walk our way

The Cotswold Way – A walk our way

Jan 12, 2017

You may have heard that joke ” I love Summer in England, last year it was on a Monday”? Well we now have our own version of that joke. “We love England in Summer, last year it was on a Tuesday”. Tuesday 19 July 2016 to be completely precise. How do I know this? because

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Kayaking with Dolphins on the Mekong

Kayaking with Dolphins on the Mekong

Nov 30, 2016

I love dolphins, with their playful inquisitive nature, I call them the dogs of the sea. So when we read about the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Mekong River, Cambodia we just had to investigate. There are two ways you can go and see the dolphins, on a tourist boat or by kayaking, guess which one

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Cambodia – My top 20 tips

Cambodia – My top 20 tips

Nov 21, 2016

Before you go: Get your Visa for Cambodia online before you travel. You’ll save yourself time, more form filling in and another queue when you arrive at the airport. Go to a travel doctor with your itinerary and get the appropriate jabs. We started going to a specialist travel doctor when we went to South

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Walking with Elephants

Walking with Elephants

Nov 17, 2016

It is akin to watching a little boy make a mud pie, seeing an elephant prepare himself a tempting mud bath. Baku repeatedly stomps his chunky cylindrical leg at the crumbling soil of the river bank. When it it falls into the water, the same foot blends it to just the right consistency. Next comes his trunk to collect

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Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Oct 25, 2016

I am doing a rather fetching impersonation of a fly catcher. Thank heavens it is dark and no one can see me! All around us music soars and giant man made tree-like structures put on a spectacular light show. Towering behind them, the impossibly lovely Marina Bay Sands Hotel gazes down on the action. This

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