After a busy time in NZ it’s R and R in Singapore
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New Zealand

A 4 week tour around North and South Islands
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A journey along the silk route
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Budapest to Bucharest

A river cruise heading east from Budapest along the Danube to Bucharest.
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A tour of Japan at blossom time
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Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

Road trip to see Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole
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Phinda Forest Lodge

Safari in a south Africa
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Ngala Safari Lodge

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Lux South Ari Atoll diving

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Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives

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Yangon to Mandalay

Cruise Itinerary


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.


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

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Helengelli daily diving

Daily diving Helengeli in the Maldives

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Helengelli local diving

Local diving in Helengeli

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Maldives – Atmosphere Kanifushi

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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 […]

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Dubai – Things to do

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// Although both of us have travelled quite a lot in Italy over the years, neither of us have been to Tuscany. So courtesy of Jet 2 we flew directly to Pisa, picked up a car and drove to San Gimignano where we had a lovely apartment and from here visited Pisa, Sienna, Florence, etc.

Below […]

By |May 26th, 2014|Europe, Holiday|Comments Off on Tuscany

The Dalesway

The Dales Way is an 84-mile (135 km) Long Distance Footpath in Northern England, from (south east to north west) Ilkley, West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria.

The Dales Way passes through two National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park. The first half of the walk follows the River Wharfe upstream to the main watershed of northern England at Ribblehead. The second half follows several river valleys (Dentdale, River […]

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Florida Keys

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Bob Graham Round

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Hadrians Wall

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All Countries

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Wonders of the World

The Seven Ancient Wonders were:

Great Pyramid of Giza
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Colossus of Rhodes
Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Seven New Wonders are:

Great Wall of China
Christ the Redeemer
Machu Picchu
Chichen Itza
Taj Mahal

The Seven Natural Wonders of the World are:

Grand Canyon
Great Barrier Reef
Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
Mount Everest
Parícutin volcano
Victoria Falls

The Seven […]

By |January 1st, 2000|Holiday|1 Comment