The 21 Best Hotels in the World The 21 Best Hotels in the World

The 21 Best Hotels in the World

…..this is a list of the top 21 hotels my wife and I have stayed in so far.  Although we are not ones to linger long in any hotel, it’s still one of the factors that makes or breaks a holiday.   From rustic log cabins to super-opulent 5-star resorts, crumbling colonial-era relics to gleaming […]

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10 Reasons to Visit…..the Philippines! 10 Reasons to Visit…..the Philippines!

10 Reasons to Visit…..the Philippines!

I absolutely adore the Philippines.  It has so much to offer.  Beautiful beaches, world-class diving, incredible landscapes, volcanos, rivers, lakes and great trekking, rich culture….and that little touch of Spanish influence that makes the people dance, sing, and among the friendliest in Asia.  Add to that the fact that it is still very much off-the-beaten-track […]

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Colombia Day 5 – Cartagena Colombia Day 5 – Cartagena

Colombia Day 5 – Cartagena

I awoke to the sound of bicycle bells, horses clip-clopping down the narrow streets, the shouts and whistles of street vendors and the general commotion of the Old City coming to life, which meant I had to come to life as well. I didn’t mind – I didn’t want to waste time in bed in […]

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Ecuador Day 9 – Galapagos Islands Ecuador Day 9 – Galapagos Islands

Ecuador Day 9 – Galapagos Islands

A rough night, the boat rocking and rolling in the swells, smashed from sadistic wave to sadistic wave as though it were a tiny piece of driftwood. The boat lurched and groaned almost as much as I did, through a long 11 rollercoaster hours. At times the boat seemed to take off and fly for […]

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Amarante

Amarante

A 45 minute drive from Porto takes you past scenes of vineyards, old churches, and into the beautiful village of Amarante.  Set on the snaking Rio Tâmega which is lined with willow trees, Amarante begs one to take a slow meander, holding your special one’s hand.  You’ll see plenty of c0uples, young and old, doing […]

Feb 27, 2018 11:23

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Azores Video by Neil Donovan and Veronica Valdivieso

Azores Video by Neil Donovan and Veronica Valdivieso

Our trip to Sao Miguel Island, Azores, is now on YouTube!  Check it out here:

Aug 19, 2017 22:13

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The 21 Best Hotels in the World

The 21 Best Hotels in the World

…..this is a list of the top 21 hotels my wife and I have stayed in so far.  Although we are not ones to linger long in any hotel, it’s still one of the factors that makes or breaks a holiday.   From rustic log cabins to super-opulent 5-star resorts, crumbling colonial-era relics to gleaming […]

Oct 31, 2015 5:43

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Amarante

Amarante

A 45 minute drive from Porto takes you past scenes of vineyards, old churches, and into the beautiful village of Amarante.  Set on the snaking Rio Tâmega which is lined with willow trees, Amarante begs one to take a slow meander, holding your special one’s hand.  You’ll see plenty of c0uples, young and old, doing […]

Langkawi – a Valentine’s Weekend

Langkawi – a Valentine’s Weekend

Crashing through the warm blue waves, skirting mesmerizing limestone karsts, exploring mysterious caves, and parking up on the shore of deserted beaches full of mischievous monkeys….it was not quite a normal way to spend a Valetine’s Day morning. But then, Langkawi isn’t a ‘normal’ Malaysian archipelago – it’s a place you can’t really pin down. […]

Burma Day 7,8,9 – Trek to Inlay Lake

Burma Day 7,8,9 – Trek to Inlay Lake

I said goodbye to my big backpack – I was assured I’d see it again in three days.  For I was about to embark on a three-day trek from here to Inlay Lake.  July is the name of one of my favourite months of the year, and also the name of one of my favourite […]

Azores Video by Neil Donovan and Veronica Valdivieso

Azores Video by Neil Donovan and Veronica Valdivieso

Our trip to Sao Miguel Island, Azores, is now on YouTube!  Check it out here:

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 6 – Ella

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 6 – Ella

I awoke early to go for a morning bird-watching walk with the amiable Keith around the camp.  The electric elephant fence that ringed the camp had been partly destroyed in the night, and we could see elephant tracks and sloth bear tracks….and leopard tracks, fresh ones.   To think just a minute’s walk from our […]

Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 6 – Furnas, Gorreana Tea Plantation, Ponta Formoso and Moheina beach

Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 6 – Furnas, Gorreana Tea Plantation, Ponta Formoso and Moheina beach

They say meat cooked under the earth tastes better.  The meat stew (a delicious combination of pigs ears and chicken, with sliced cabbage and carrots thrown in for good measure), cooked underground for 7 hours using the natural heat from the volcanic earth,  tastes slightly sulphurous (boiling pots are wrapped in cloth to keep the […]

Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 5 – Sete Cidades, Mosteiros, Ferreira

Azores – a week on Sao Miguel Island Day 5 –  Sete Cidades, Mosteiros, Ferreira

We gave in and hired a car today – smart move, SMART car, for 30 euros a day, in a bid to reach one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal – Sete Cidades.  We packed sandwiches, cobbled together from the bland breakfast buffet at the hotel, and headed off into the hills in search […]

Azores – A week on Sao Miguel Island Days 3 and 4 – Whale Watching, Ponta Delgada, and Sao Roque

Azores – A week on Sao Miguel Island Days 3 and 4 – Whale Watching, Ponta Delgada, and Sao Roque

The weather in the Azores is notoriously unpredictable – there are 4 seasons in one day,  and the weather changes all the time, according to the locals.  Unfortunately for us, when it got to rain, the changing stopped.  And so the next 2 days were spent in a kind of limbo, but were certainly not […]

Azores – A Week on Sao Miguel Island Day 2 – Lagoa Do Fogo and Caldeira Velha

Azores – A Week on Sao Miguel Island Day 2 – Lagoa Do Fogo and Caldeira Velha

The local panadarias in Portugal are a delight.  There’s never a need to fork out for a fancy hotel buffet, not when you can have delicious ham and cheese pastries, a bola de arroz (rice cup cake), and a coffee surrounded by locals and local noises – the clattering of coffee cups, the metallic ring […]

Azores – A week on Sao Miguel Island Day 1 – Ponta Delgada

Azores  – A week on Sao Miguel Island Day 1  – Ponta Delgada

The compact archipelago of the Azores, specks of land in the middle of the Atlantic some 1,500km off the coast of Portugal, first appeared on my travelling radar a little over three years ago as I flipped through National Geographic’s ‘100 Journeys of a Lifetime’ coffee table book. There, whale-watching was highlighted, the author claiming […]

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