Visiting the Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain

Alhambra Palace

I’ve been lucky enough to go to the beautiful Moorish palace and fortress complex and gardens 3 times now, and I’m still not sick of it. I notice new things every time I go.  There’s so much detail and colour everywhere, it’s gorgeous. For that reason, it’s also very popular, so you have to be mindful about booking as they’re very strict about how many people are allowed inside at any one time! Continue reading

The Best View of New York

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When I went to New York everyone I talked to had an opinion of Things I Should Definitely Do. Everyone tends to have a bucket list when it comes to NYC, and that list normally includes Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, all of which were recommended to me numerous times. One thing I was told that was contrary to everything I’d been told though, was to not climb the Empire State building. Instead, I was to try the Rockefeller. Continue reading

Exploring Yangon

Sunset in Yangon
As my local guide, Moh Moh, told me ‘Now is the best ever time to visit this country’. Myanmar is on the verge of a huge change politically, and soon could change in many other ways as well. Tourism is slowly returning to this beautiful country – and now really is the best ever time to go. It’s safe, it’s unspoilt and full of wonderful places to explore. Continue reading

Exploring Cape Town: the Waterfront

Cape Town

Oh, South Africa, easily one of my favourite places in the world! A great mix of culture, history and cityscapes versus dramatic landscapes. During my six weeks there, I spent around two weeks based at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Although there’s obviously a hell of a lot more to South Africa’s capital, I was docked in one of the two harbours right on the front, so I really got the chance to see and do much of what was on offer. Continue reading

Finding Dory at Phi Phi

Phi Phi boat
Phi Phi Islands are a beautiful and very popular part of Thailand, used for film sets and holidays and a huge number of different water sport activities. We took a speedboat out to the islands, which, all in all, was about an hour’s journey. Taking a speedboat was so much fun – it was exciting, it allowed us to see beautiful 360` panoramic views, and it gave us a wonderful cool breeze to help us cope with the 37`c and blazing sunshine right over us! Continue reading

What’s in a name: Delphi and the Oracle.

The view from Delphi.

The view from Delphi in the early morning light.

Due to a certain new Harry Potter publication (yay), there is suddenly a big interest in one of its many characters – Delphi. Although I promise this blog is spoiler-free for those of you who have yet to see the play or read the script, I’ve always been really interested in J.K. Rowling’s very deliberate name choices throughout her magical book series. Delphi sparked my interest immediately – I’ve been there and actually studied it quite intensively, and that background knowledge, for me, made the character even more interesting as I could see so many links.

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