Scranton, Pennsylvania

Industrial Muscle War Production During the American Civil War (1861-65) Scranton produced much of the iron needed to fight the war as well as weaponry from the ammunition factory (which to this day produces drones for the Army).  The early Iron Ore production...

Egypt’s Palace Hotels

The Palace Hotels Egypt being a fascinating country with a remarkable history, an important colonial outpost, a trading and communications center, it is unsurprising that Egypt was a very early and important destination for wealthy folk from Britain, the USA, France...

Gallery – Wit

Amusing Signs This is rural PA!Williamsport Tommy CooperCaerphilly Yogi Berra , Montclair NJ All PoliticsKennebunkport , Maine New Orleans Trams Really!!I think I would notice… Walmart MuseumBentonville...

Gallery – Signs

You Can Learn A Lot From Signs! RangeleyMaine All PoliticsKennebunkport , Maine This is rural PA!Williamsport AswanHigh Dam Tommy CooperCaerphilly GdanskFor a few years Gdansk/Dansk had a compromise status New Orleans Trams DSCF0321 India Railways Mumbai Massacres...

The Grand Canyon PA

The Grand Canyon Pennsylvania! Pine Creek Rail Trail There is a 62 mile cycling trail along the bottom of the valley, from the curiously named town of ‘Jersey Shore’ to the gem of a little town, Wellsboro at the northern end.  Being an old rail line it is flat and...

Home.

Trends and ConcernsWe Live In A More Connected and Yet More Divided World, Than Ever Before “With affordable global air travel, the internet and telecommunications, we are more connected than ever in the history of the world. Yet it seems that as residents of this...

Private Cable Car Ride

San Francisco A Private Trip A Cracking Cable RideMidweek, late January travel has its benefits. The weather of San Francisco’s winters is famously mild and so I had pottered down to the starting point of the Powell Mason Cable Car in Fishermans Wharf and I...

Aswan – On The Edge

Aswan On The Edge The Old CataractSet overlooking the Nile, the islands and cataracts is the magnificent Old Cataract Hotel.  A famous hotel opened in 1899 and precipitated by the arrival of the railway and tourists!  Remarkably, thanks to Thomas Cooke it was really...

Japan By Rail

Japan By Train Japan TodayJapanese people are endlessly polite and seemingly hate to say ‘No’ to anything or give bad news (which in business from my experience can be exasperating!).  Conversations often further reveal this politeness along with the necessity to...

When This All Ends…..

It Too Shall PassWhen this all ends, I would like to see these changes Polio, malaria, typhoid, ebola, the 1918 epidemic etc and now Covid19 are all products of poverty and/or poor education. We are learning too, that they  disproportionately affect and are...

Gdansk

Gdansk Contender for the Prettiest City in EuropeOver the years I’d learnt about Gdansk (or the Free State of Danzig as it was in the years between the two World Wars) and was curious to see more.  My research began to indicate that to visit all the interesting...

Cruising. In Crisis? And Now CoVid19, Bailouts and more.

Cruising. Blocking The View?Sydney Harbor Bridge is behind the Ovation of the Seas.   It is a huge vessel and of course cannot get under the Sydney Harbor Bridge to where cruise boats and others normally dock.   Presumably the cruise line is paying a lot to moor in...

Prague, Karlovy Vary & Dresden Jaunt

Prague, Karlovy Vary & Dresden By Train Above:   Dresden Panometer 1945 Air Raid & Insets Karlovy Vary & Thermal Springs. Lwr Left : King Charles Bridge and Castle, Prague Off Peak PragueIt was 30 years since I was last in Prague, a short while after the...

San Francisco Off Peak

"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." San Francisco Off Peak Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge Much of the Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge area is run by the National Parks Service, NPS,(so it is well explained, signed and easy to get around)...

“Weather about to get better – it’s going to rain”

“Weather about to get better – it’s going to rain" Melbourne Summer 2019/20 Above:   Classic Melbourne Trams and the Australian Open Dourpour's, Window Breaking Hail. I'd Arrived!​“Weather about to get better – it’s going to rain”.   Overheard in Melbourne’s St Pauls...

On This Brexit Day

It is going to be a long path. On this Brexit Day…. My View has remained unchanged ever since the untimely and ill understood Referendum. Economic reviews have really not changed. Obviously. The United Kingdom (and there remains a risk to that name in the future...

Melbourne to Sydney

Melbourne to Sydney By Train Left:  Melbourne Centrals Arrival Hall A Bit of CountryIt is not the quickest mode of transportation between the 2 principal Australian cities, but there were a few reasons why I wanted to travel this way. I have seen cities and suburbs in...

Missouri – Show Me State!

Above:  Fulton MO.  The National Churchill Museum.  Photo includes part of The Berlin Wall, a church moved, brick by brick from London and Winston Churchill’s Statue Two Hours West of St Louis and you find.....Whilst researching a route back to St Louis, I...

Haiti – After the Earthquake

Haiti After The Earthquake 16:53 hours, Tuesday 12 January 2010 Haiti was the first country to acheive independence from their colonial masters in the Carribean region.  Sadly the price of this freedom has weighed on Haiti ever since and to this day it is the poorest...

Leiden – Beyond Amsterdam

Leiden Canals – Windmills – Bicycles – Rembrant – The Pilgrim Fathers –Classic Dutch Architecture – Museum ; Beyond Amsterdam Once you have had enough of the frantic, crowded, often overwhelmed, but still interesting Amsterdam, why not visited one of the several other...

Climbing Mount Sinai

Climbing Mount Sinai Mount Sinai or ‘Moses Mountain’ ​Sinai Peninsula: Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery are 2-3 hours drive from Sharm el Sheik, although we had driven in 6-7 hours from Cairo, the capital of Egypt.  The last few hours navigating the arid,...

Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock Loitering! Civil Rights in Little Rock Little Rock saw several key moments during the Civil Rights era.  The most famous being the stand and suffering of 9 African Americans in 1957 during the era of segregation at Little Rock Central High School.  Today...

Mount Washington Climb

Mount Washington Climb Above:   Rime Ice   forming and nearing the summit. First Steps! I had been slow to accept the invite to climb Mt Washington as when my daughter was in Elementary School a friend’s father had perished on it during a winter climb.  Finally...

Maryland’s Atlantic Coast

Marylands Atlantic Coast Photo Trip Maryland’s Atlantic Coast Think of Maryland’s Atlantic 79 mile  Coastline? Likely the playful Ocean City, first comes to mind, with its 12 or so miles of wide beach, hotels and all sorts or entertainment.  As fun and as American as...

Kauai

Kauai Get out there! Tsuyuko Hironaka and Other VisitorsIn the 1880s a few hundred Japanese came to Kauai in search of work and ended up working in sugar plantations.  Clearly families developed and stayed.  I photo’d one gravestone in the Japanese Cemetery at Eleele,...

Stockholm Stopover

Stockholm Stopover Linger Longer, and See More at Fewer Sights Somewhat surprisingly, in these security conscious days, there are reasonably priced, unsupervised Left Luggage Lockers right in the station. So having deposited bags and armed with a map and the bus,...

Finland By Train

Finland By Train Thank You Russia! Finnish Railways have a wide gauge.  The railways in Finland were built in the 19th Century when Finland was a Grand Duchy of Russia and one positive consequence is that they use a wider gauge than most of the rest of Europe, meaning...

“Hull, Hell & Halifax!”

"Hull, Hell & Halifax!" Kingston upon Hull Whenever, Hull cropped up in conversation, my Yorkshire born father always chuckled and chirped “Hull, Hell and Halifax!”.  A time worn phrase that reflected the classic image of the time, of the industrial powerhouses of...

What a surprise in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Surprise FollowFollow Howzat! One of my many sporting interests is that great game of cricket.   First played in England it spread throughout the British Empire over the decades.  None former British Empire citizens, are generally mystified by the game, the...

Canal Boating In England

FollowFollow The Backroads of England England is a densely populated nation and it can seem very challenging to find those ‘routes beyond’, with interesting sights and history, interspersed with peaceful scenery.   If you take to England’s narrow canals network you...

Belgium – Ypres, World War 1

Belgium – Ypres, World War 1 FollowFollow Preparation:  3 Tips brush up on what led to  World War I! I read The SleepWalkers by Christopher Clark consider booking into or taking a private tour of the various battlefields and cemetaries in the area plan to allow 2 to 3...

A Day At The DMZ

A Day At the DMZ Looking at North Korea The De-Miltarized Zone My feelings upon standing on the platform peering across the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) were: ones of amazement that in this day and age division and borders, can still be so stark and impenetrable sadness,...

India: Mumbai

Mumbai: History and Chaos FollowFollow India  Give yourself time A vast and varied country full of stimulation, anguish, frustration and fascination.  Love it! Being a Brit I have always trodden carefully in India given the colonial past.  Yet I am nearly always...

Shimla, India : Back in Time

Shimla, India : Back in Time FollowFollow British Shimla Shimla is perhaps the British Colonial Resort in India.  Set in the cool (and in winter darn right cold), foothills of the Himlayas it is a 7-8 hour journey from New Delhi by train, but you end up in the Indian...

Unique Montreal

Unique Montreal Start with the Old Town Explore Early Montreal Old Port of Montreal: if you are visiting outside of the pleasant summer period you might well gain a new respect of the hardships early settlers experienced – my, it gets really cold in Montreal in...

Rwanda: Mountain Gorillas and more

Rwanda : Mountain Gorilla's and more One of the most memorable days – ever! photo gallery Preparation – apart from all the normal logistical and health preparation  needed when visiting Africa you will need to plan ahead simply to get a Trekking Permit.  You will also...

Building a School in Sierra Leone

Building A School In Sierra Leone FollowFollow School Details Started in late 2016 this school now has, as of January 2019, 297 children enrolled with 6 teachers (3 are volunteers).  The school has 6 classrooms, teachers room, small Heads office, teacher toilet and a...

North America

Arcadia National Park. Maine North America PostsScranton, Pennsylvania Maine’s North West Lakes & Mountains Missouri – Show Me! The Grand Canyon PA San Francisco Off Peak Mount Washington Climb Maryland’s Atlantic Coast Alexander Hamilton and Paterson Great Falls...

Middle East

Middle East Menu Galleries  Jordan Middle East PostsClimbing Mount Sinai What a surprise in Abu Dhabi. Jordan – the place with “noisy neighbors” The Humble Falafel Aswan – On The Edge Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Jordan JordanJo Egypt Egypt Mount Sinai Aswan Aswan The Middle...

Europe

Europe: Ancient and Modern Finland Finland By Train Hull Hull Stockholm Stockholm York York Ypres Ypres Berney Arms Berney Arms Berlin Berlin Leipzig Leipzig Dessau Dessau Dresden Dresden Isle of Man Isle of Man Leiden Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary, Prague, Dreseden...

Asia

Asia Searching for..... Routes Beyond The Challenges Facing Asia Shimla Shimla  Mumbai Mumbai Bandung Jakarta to Bandung Seoul Seoul & DMZ Mount Sinai Melbourne Melbourne Japan Japan By Rail Asia Posts“Weather about to get better – it’s going to rain”...

Africa

Searching for Routes Beyond Travel Ideas and The Fascination of Africa Africa PostsClimbing Mount Sinai Rwanda: Mountain Gorillas and more Sierra Leone Hope in a Small African Country The Humble Falafel Aswan – On The Edge Galleries Sierra Leone Gallery Burma IV...

Train Rides

Best Train Rides Train Rides PostsPrague, Karlovy Vary & Dresden Jaunt Melbourne to Sydney Shimla, India : Back in Time Best Train Rides: Jakarta to Bandung England: Berney Arms, Near Nowhere PATCO : The Golden Age of Commuting A Great Day That Keeps Getting...