Paul Johnson

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Singapore

After a busy time in NZ it’s R and R in Singapore
By |February 26th, 2020|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Singapore

New Zealand

A 4 week tour around North and South Islands
By |January 25th, 2020|Australasia, Holiday|Comments Off on New Zealand

Uzbekistan

A journey along the silk route
By |September 23rd, 2019|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Uzbekistan

Budapest to Bucharest

A river cruise heading east from Budapest along the Danube to Bucharest.
By |May 28th, 2019|Europe, Holiday|Comments Off on Budapest to Bucharest

Japan

A tour of Japan at blossom time
By |March 1st, 2019|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Japan

War graves and bulb fields.

River cruising to see the war fields and museums
By |February 25th, 2019|Europe, Forthcoming|Comments Off on War graves and bulb fields.

Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

Road trip to see Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole
By |September 7th, 2018|Forthcoming, Holiday, North America|Comments Off on Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

Phinda Forest Lodge

Safari in a south Africa
By |February 13th, 2018|Africa, Holiday|Comments Off on Phinda Forest Lodge

Ngala Safari Lodge

By |February 13th, 2018|Africa, Holiday|Comments Off on Ngala Safari Lodge

Lux South Ari Atoll diving

By |January 11th, 2018|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Lux South Ari Atoll diving

Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives

By |January 11th, 2018|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives

Yangon to Mandalay

Cruise Itinerary
UPSTREAM ITINERARY

DAY 1 – RANGOON (YANGON)

Embark and sail up the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante Town and explore city center.

DAY 2 – MAUBIN AND NYAUNG DON

In morning we walk to visit Maubin bustling market and […]

By |March 18th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Yangon to Mandalay

Myanmar or Burma

Unlike our last trip to the Maldives where we flew with Qatar, this time we used good old Emirates direct from Newcastle. We flew direct to Yangon from Dubai where we had a couple of days before doing a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy river to Mandalay then back home via Bangkok.  The flights were fine […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Myanmar or Burma

Things to do in Yangon

One thing you must do is visit the Shwedagon Pagoda
1. Shwedagon Pagoda
Without doubt, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Yangon, and all of Myanmar.

The golden chedi of the pagoda, which reaches a height of 99 meters, is visible throughout the city, and it shimmers in the sun with its incredibly golden surface. […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Things to do in Yangon

Burma – Irrawady Cruise

By |March 13th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Burma – Irrawady Cruise

Helengelli daily diving

Daily diving Helengeli in the Maldives

By |March 1st, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Helengelli daily diving

Helengelli local diving

Local diving in Helengeli

By |March 1st, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Helengelli local diving

Helengeli Snorkelling

Snorkelling Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli
Whilst Helengeli was known as an island for divers before it was taken over by Atmosphere it also has fantastic house reefs on both the north and south sides of the island. As both of these reefs are in channels that lead from the open sea to the inside of […]

By |February 6th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Helengeli Snorkelling

Helengeli diving

Diving Helengeli in the Maldives
Helengeli Island has a wonderful reputation worldwide, for its incomparably exotic house-reef & superb Channel Diving, just meters from the shoreline.

The island has a unique location at a primary entrance to Male‘ Atoll, in the middle of a Channel (channel on both sides of the island) and is also one of […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Helengeli diving

Maldives – Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli

Oblu by Atmosphere on Helengeli Island in the Maldives
We decided upon a recommendation to fly with Qatar rather than Emirates, this involved an extra flight but still was quicker getting back to the UK. Qatar were fantastic and the flight had a superb bar which surprisingly was deserted. The airport in Qatar, as are all […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Maldives – Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli

Diving Kanifushi

Diving Kanifushi in the Maldives
There are many dive sites in the atoll but generally the ones dived are the ones closest to Kanifushi and the gallery below shows them. The ones Paul dived were as follows:

Medu Faru
Kani corner
3 Rocks
Kani West
Kani Medu Kandu
Kani Caves
Veyvah Kandu
Medu Faru Kandu
The Shipyard

Although there is a Manta cleaning station, there were very […]

By |February 4th, 2016|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Diving Kanifushi

Maldives Kanifushi

Kanifushi in the Maldives
After a couple of flights and transfer through Dubai we arrived at Male in the Maldives and were taken to a lounge to await our seaplane transfer to Kanifushi. After boarding the plane the pilot couldn’t get it started and although the mechanic, armed only with WD40, managed to start the plane, […]

By |February 4th, 2016|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Maldives Kanifushi

Maldives – Atmosphere Kanifushi

By |February 2nd, 2016|Asia, Holiday|Comments Off on Maldives – Atmosphere Kanifushi

Dubai

This is the city to rival Las vegas without being tacky, its motto should be biggest is best.

We were so lucky to see the fountains at sunset as they were not due on until after dark but we think that they were making a promotional video and caught them at 5.00 as the sun […]

By |October 18th, 2015|Holiday, Middle East|Comments Off on Dubai

Uganda and Rwanda – Gorillas

By |September 30th, 2015|Africa, Forthcoming|Comments Off on Uganda and Rwanda – Gorillas

Italy – Sorrento and Pompei

By |September 29th, 2015|Europe, Forthcoming|Comments Off on Italy – Sorrento and Pompei

Dubai – Things to do

By |September 20th, 2015|Holiday, Middle East|Comments Off on Dubai – Things to do

Lisbon

// Benfica v NUFC
04 March 2013 at Estadio da Luz

And the “toon army” marches on…….
Benfica 04 March at the Estadio da Luz and I guess everyone has now heard that the toon will have played more European games at the Stadium of Light than Sunderland have!
One cracking goal to begin with from NUFC then silly […]

By |March 22nd, 2013|Europe|Comments Off on Lisbon

Tromso

We went to Tromso with main intention of seeing the Northern Lights but also did several other things at the same time.

We got a shock at some of the prices:

Beer £12 per pint, check out the receipt in Krona!
Piza £23
Slice of cake £20
Steak – no chips £45
Kebab £9

Lucky our […]

By |March 15th, 2013|Europe|2 Comments

Moscow

NUFC v FC Anzhi 7th March
Having beaten FC Kharkiv at the Metallist Stadium in Kharkiv Ukraine, Newcastle were drawn away to FC Anzhi Makhachkala, who due to civil unrest in their home area have been forced to play all of their home matches in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The Grand Sports Arena of the […]

By |March 2nd, 2013|Europe|2 Comments

Kharkiv

Kharkiv v Newcastle United
21 February at the Metallist Stadium
And the “Toon Army” marches on….

Tremendous result – Moscow next, cold but friendly place and so cheap, £50 lasted for three days, I don’t think that will happen in Moscow somehow?

By |February 21st, 2013|Europe|Comments Off on Kharkiv

Tiger Moth Flight

By |December 29th, 2012|Australasia|1 Comment

Underwater Videos

By |December 23rd, 2012|Australasia|Comments Off on Underwater Videos

Zanzibar underwater videos

By |November 27th, 2012|Africa|Comments Off on Zanzibar underwater videos

Underwater Videos

By |April 6th, 2012|Caribbean|Comments Off on Underwater Videos

Moofushi Manta Videos

By |January 6th, 2012|Asia|Comments Off on Moofushi Manta Videos

Hadrians Wall

By |October 15th, 2011|Europe, Holiday|Comments Off on Hadrians Wall

Galapagos Islands Underwater

By |May 5th, 2011|South Amercia|Comments Off on Galapagos Islands Underwater

Koh Lanta Underwater

By |December 6th, 2010|Asia|Comments Off on Koh Lanta Underwater

West Highland Way

By |April 22nd, 2010|Europe|Comments Off on West Highland Way

St Cuthberts Way

By |May 15th, 2008|Europe|Comments Off on St Cuthberts Way

Everest Videos

By |April 13th, 2008|Asia|Comments Off on Everest Videos

Everest Trek

By |April 13th, 2008|Asia|Comments Off on Everest Trek

Kathmandu

By |April 13th, 2008|Asia|Comments Off on Kathmandu

Everest

By |April 13th, 2008|Asia|Comments Off on Everest

St Lucia Underwater

By |December 9th, 2007|Caribbean|Comments Off on St Lucia Underwater

Kanu Hura Underwater

By |February 6th, 2007|Asia|Comments Off on Kanu Hura Underwater

Mauritius Underwater

By |December 9th, 2006|Asia|Comments Off on Mauritius Underwater

Sharm El Sheik

By |December 4th, 2005|Middle East|Comments Off on Sharm El Sheik

St Lucia Underwater

By |May 9th, 2004|Caribbean|Comments Off on St Lucia Underwater

Royal Clipper Underwater

By |May 9th, 2004|Caribbean|Comments Off on Royal Clipper Underwater

Grenada Underwater

By |December 9th, 2003|Caribbean|Comments Off on Grenada Underwater

Bahamas Sharks

By |September 9th, 2003|Caribbean|Comments Off on Bahamas Sharks

Bahamas Underwater

By |September 9th, 2003|Caribbean|Comments Off on Bahamas Underwater

Palm Island Underwater

By |July 9th, 2003|Caribbean|Comments Off on Palm Island Underwater