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Summer in Sicily: Taormina and Giardini Naxos

Photo credit: Giacomo Carena via photopin cc In 1787 Johann Wolfgang Goethe visited Taormina and described the town as “a piece of heaven on earth” when he wrote “Italian Journey”. Then just as now, everyone who spends time in Taormina is fascinated by its charm and stunning landscape, celebrating it as a unique pearl of the [...]

Hotel review: Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island, Florida, USA

This article is part fourteen of the series “Trip diary: Three weeks on the road in Florida” Teaser: New series starts this week Introduction: A three week road trip around Florida, June-July 2013 Hotel review: Park Inn Oslo Airport Flight report: Lufthansa New Business Class Frankfurt to Miami First impressions – a Limey driving in [...]

After the coup – Thailand is safe for travel and needs tourists more than ever

The most dangerous situation I faced in Bangkok was self-imposed – filming over the edge of the Millenium Hilton helipad with my GoPro. Thanks to Yvonne Horst of GoYvon for the pic If you’ve been following my updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram you’ll know that I have recently returned from an extended stay in Bangkok where I [...]

The perfect base for your African safari – Bomani Tented Lodge in Zimbabwe

Okay, I see you’re not beating around the bush… Do I ever? It’s true, that’s a big claim I’m making in that headline right there. But fear not, I’m going to convince you that I’m not writing cheques my story can’t cash. Cue the inevitable spike in searches by confused younger readers wondering what a [...]