Travel Poetry – 1

I have decided to try a new genre called Travel Poetry – I hope you like it. Small squads of tourists heading to the palace in Kadriorg Park, each with a different photo to take, It is a mini-Versailles according to the locals. The President’s pink house is there for all to see cyclists, sunbathers,Continue reading “Travel Poetry – 1”

Harry Potter’s library gets a new look – in pictures

Two books from JK Rowling’s universe – Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard – have been freshly redesigned. Take a first look ahead of publication

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

The Macedonians build a fountain and upset the Greeks. Villages on the road to Lake Ohrid fly Albanian flags instead of Macedonian ones. Kosovan taxi drivers believe fundamentalists are being sponsored in their country by former foes. Dubrovnik is so popular a one-way system is now in operation on the city walls. In Sarajevo, theContinue reading “Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia”

Vancouver – Commercial Drive – Part 2

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ If you fancy an ice-cream on Commercial Drive the selection, from the hundreds on offer, will include chili, Gorgonzola, or lavender. If you want a coffee, the options on Commercial Drive aren’t small, medium, or large; they’re Ethiopian, Vietnamese, or Cuban. There are numerous fruit and vegetable stores alongContinue reading “Vancouver – Commercial Drive – Part 2”

Vancouver – Stanley Park – Part 3

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ At Lumberman’s Arch there is a children’s water park. From here it is a short walk to the Vancouver Aquarium and to the Stanley Park Miniature Railway. The span of the Lion’s Gate Bridge will have been visible for a while. This bridge, completed in 1938, stands 80Continue reading “Vancouver – Stanley Park – Part 3”

Vancouver – Stanley Park – Part 2

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ The 5.5 mile walk around the Stanley Park, mostly along the seawall, is a must for all visitors. It orientates you wonderfully and the outstanding views just keep coming. The walk should be done counter-clockwise starting from the Georgia Street entrance. The first building you pass isContinue reading “Vancouver – Stanley Park – Part 2”

Vancouver – Stanley Park – Part 1

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Stanley Park is the result of remarkable foresight. In 1886 the newly-created Vancouver city council petitioned the federal government to set aside the then swampy peninsula as a park. The petition was granted and in 1888 Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada, dedicated the park ‘toContinue reading “Vancouver – Stanley Park – Part 1”