Category Overseas Travel

Valparaiso – My Final Day in South America

In many ways, I made a fortuitous decision to take a day tour to the port city of Valparaiso when I stayed over in Santiago for a final day on my way home from the Galapagos islands. I’m going back a week, or so, in time with this post but a lot has happened over […]

Galapagos – 7

It’s been a very easy today physically.  We again, had a rough night of sailing so that we were in position at Dragon Bay on Santa Cruz Island in the morning. Travelling around each of the islands is generally quite smooth. However, It can get rather rough when cruising between the islands. Fortunately, our trip […]

Quito

Quito is a bustling city that in many ways reminds me of Lisbon in Portugal. Both are strong Catholic cities with steep hills and narrow streets. I think Quito is in a better state of repair. It is situated in a valley in the northern Andes that is about 5 km wide and 57 km […]

Two Days in the Cloud Forest

I’ve just returned from spending two days in the cloud forest at Bellavista Lodge, high up above the Tandayapa Valley, 85 kilometres to the North East of Quito. I left Quito at 6.30 am yesterday and travelled for about two hours to reach the lodge. It is set in eight square kilometres of steep-sided sub-tropical […]

Santiago to Quito and My Missing Bags

My time over the last couple of days has been a series of misadventures. I had a six hour stopover in Santiago and then caught a three- hour flight to Lima in Peru where I spent the night at the airport hotel – right across the road from the airport terminal. Along with six other […]

Santiago, Chile

I’m on my way to the Galapagos Islands via a ‘slow boat to China’. I’ve just landed in Santiago after leaving home nineteen hours ago. I have a six hour stopover here before a four hour flight to Lima, Peru. Then I have an overnight stop for twelve hours and a final three hour flight […]

African Women

On our recent trip through South Africa and Zimbabwe, I found African women to be enchanting. I was especially fascinated with the way that they were able to style their hair into so many forms of creative ‘hair dos’.  I asked some of those who we met in restaurants, shops, hotels and on the street […]

We Just Missed a Disaster

Barbara, one of the people who regularly follow my blog alerted me, yesterday, to a severe weather incident that has caused destruction and devastation in many areas of South Africa. We visited the same places just two weeks ago.  It’s so sad to see some of the areas that we most enjoyed visiting being devastated […]