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Riding the Train in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

Sri Lanka’s Hill Country, as I may have mentioned in previous posts, is a cool, green wonderful region in Sri Lanka (naturally enough!). The roads are winding and often quite busy, but there’s no doubt about the best way to see and get around the Hill Country – and that’s by the train. There is a line basically from Colombo

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Accommodation Review – Grand Peak Hotel, Ella

A bit of a way from Nuwara Eliya, along a beautiful train ride through the mountains of Sri Lanka’s ‘Hill Country’, is the town of Ella. Once a bit of a secret to the crowds, Ella today is a bustling tourist hub of the foreigner, and the occasional Sri Lankan tourist too. It seemed like a place with a bit

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Accommodation Review – Trevene Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

The hillside town of Nuwara Eliya is something a little special in Sri Lanka. Lakes and cool weather, a gateway to the area, a wonderful train ride there and further afield. And the Hotel Travene, where I stayed there back in late March, is also something special. The English have a long tradition of trying to create bits of their

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City Rumble – Cairo Versus Amman

Let’s head to the Middle East for today’s ‘City Rumble’, I am surprised I haven’t included Cairo in a City Rumble before, and I don’t think I’ve really posted about Amman before at all. So anyways, here we are with the capitals of Egypt and Amman facing off against each other. They are, on the face of it, very different

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The Incredible Churches of Lalibela

Somewhere in the mountains, north of the capital Addis Ababa, is a very special town called Lalibela. As a traveller to Ethiopia, you’re probably going to put this town on your itinerary. Why? Because it has 11 of the most amazing churches you are likely to see, built/created/carved in the late 12th and 13th centuries. These churches are actually carved

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Why Jodphur is My Favourite City in Rajasthan

Rajasthan offers a lot, many cities and adventures for the traveller. But to me, the best city of is Jodphur. Although Jaisalmer is special for location and architecture, and Udaipur is really quite the location with its incredible palace on the lake, I found Jodphur to be the best balance of activity, vibrance, things to see and do with manageability.

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Accommodation Review – Golden House, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is the city in the desert, where there is a huge fort (okay, that’s kinda standard for a town in Rajasthan), some interesting historic buildings (Havelis) and where people spring board into the Rajasthani Desert to take a camel safari. Also, there are a surprising number of shops dubbed ‘English Beer and Wine Shop, which I must admit I

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Revenge of the Tuk-Tuk!

Ahhh hello. Yes, the ‘humble’ tuk-tuk. I’ve spent a fair bit of time in them in my travels. A lot of fun, or a lot of hassle? Or perhaps a bit of both. I’ve gone with ‘tuk-tuk’, although in India I used to know then as an ‘auto’ or indeed ‘auto-rickshaw’. I’ve also heard the term ‘Trishaw’ as well. In

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Little Places – Copacabana, Bolivia

Ahhh I need to post something about somewhere that wasn’t on my recent trip to India and Sri Lanka! But what to post? Ahhhh yes, I’ve written about it before, but why not Copacabana. Bolivia that is. Because I don’t think I could possibly classify the glitzy beachside suburb of Rio as a ‘Little Place’. But Copacabana certainly is. It

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