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Estonia – On The Front Line

Estonian Escape A few spare days emerged and I decided to explore some of Estonia! The central goal was of course the magnifent city of Tallinn – and what a gem it is.  Surely a contender for Europes most beautiful city? Yet I was more fascinated to learn about...

The Canadian!

Vancouver to Toronto By Train Trees…great scenery, mountains, prairies….trees…history, geography topography…trees…photography, trains, massive trains…trees…multiple 3 course meals, random enlightening conversations, moonlit snow…trees…searching for Northern Lights...

Photo Gallery – Signs

A Selection of Signs! Further Photographs can be seen at TimRoebuck.photos Mumbai MassacresTrident Hotel Paterson NJAdam Hamiltons creation Haiti2010 Post Earthquake Station On The Border Sth Korea & Nth KoreaDMZ in Sth Korea For sale signWilliamsport PA Tokyo...

Cork to Cobh

Cobh Originally called simply Cove, the town became Queenstown during British rule but now it is know as the Irish version of Cove, Cobh. The train service from Cork to Cobh runs every hour and takes around 25 scenic minutes. Cobh has become notorious as it was the...

Dublin’s DART

Dublin's DART An Easy Way To See Dublin Bay & More The map below shows all of Dublin’s rail network.  The DART is shown in green. Starting a few minutes north east of Dublin’s central area is the lively, socialable fishing town of Howth. The DART has 2...

James River Virginia Plantations

Movers & ShakersThe owners moved into politics pretty quickly and for a long time played pivotal roles in early American Independence.  They clearly all moved in the same circles.  Berkely Plantation was the home of President Harrison (he is the one who delivered a...

Scranton, Pennsylvania

War ProductionDuring 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 building is shown and is...

Egypt’s Palace Hotels

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

Maine’s North West

Beautiful healthy Maine FoxCarrabasset Valley ME Narrow GuagePhillips ME River streamRiver stream Water FountainWater Fountain Rangeley LakeSunset Rangeley LakeSunset and stars Milky Way and moreRangeley ME Do Not Get In My WayKingfield Maine FireySunset...

The Grand Canyon PA

Pine Creek Rail TrailThere 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 well surfaced and along the way...

A More Connected World?

Fear is rife. Isolation is inWe Live In A More Connected and Yet More Divided World, Than Ever BeforeWith 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...

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

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 one of the worlds...

Japan By Rail

My JapanJapan is one of my top places to visit and not just because it is easy to visit Japan by rail!  It has such a unique culture, it having been largely isolated for many centuries.  The history is so different to other countries, well documented and illustrated...

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

Contender for the Prettiest City in Europe Over 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 sights,...

San Francisco Off Peak

Presidio and Golden Gate BridgeMuch 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) with free, (yes free) Shuttles from the nearby city center.  We were going to walk across...

On This Brexit Day

Sunset.  Gold at the end of the rainbow? Hope.  A crazy dive.  Crossroads.  Walls. Views on Brexit 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...

Melbourne to Sydney

Left:  Melbourne Centrals Arrival Hall A Bit of CountryMelbourne to Sydney by train.  It 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...

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.....….  AWhilst researching a route back to St...

Haiti – After the Earthquake

A Nation ShatteredFew flights were going to Port au Prince and we went on Delta out of JFK on their weekly flight.  On board was a group of a dozen nurses….and our Team of 10.  No one else.  The Flight Crew gave us all the blankets and First Aid supplies as we...

Leiden – Beyond Amsterdam

; Beyond AmsterdamCanals – Windmills – Bicycles – Rembrant – The Pilgrim Fathers –Classic Dutch Architecture –Museums Had enough of the frantic, crowded, often overwhelmed, but still interesting Amsterdam?  Why not visit one of the several other nearby Dutch towns? ...

Climbing Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai or ‘Moses Mountain’​Climbing Mount Sinai on the 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...

Little Rock, Arkansas

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 there is National Parks...

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 though, knowing I was in the...

Maryland’s Atlantic Coast

Maryland’s Atlantic CoastThink 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 this all is there is more, starting...

Kauai

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, that of Tsuyuko...

Stockholm Stopover

Linger Longer, and See More at Fewer SightsSomewhat 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, subway and tram...

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.  One positive consequence is that they use a wider gauge than most of the rest of Europe.  Meaning that, indeed,...

“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 Northern England. Hull...

Abu Dhabi

; Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium Sure enough, I was able to spend a day in the searing heat at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium watching England try to grind down a resilient Pakistan team (the Test Match lasts for up to 5 days and I only stayed for 1!). I was seated...

Canal Boating

FollowFollow The Backroads of England England is a densely populated nation and it can seem very challenging to find those ‘routes beyond’.  Canal boating in England is one way to find them. Lots of interesting sights and history, interspersed with peaceful scenery.  ...

Ypres WW 1

Ypres FollowFollow Before You Go 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 days to see the main sights...

India: Mumbai

Mumbai: History and Chaos India  Mumbai: 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 amazed at...

Shimla, India : Back in Time

FollowFollow British ShimlaShimla 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 Independence pre 1940’s era,...

Unique Montreal

Explore Early MontrealOld 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 winter!  From experience I can tell you it is...

Mountain Gorillas

One of the most memorable days – ever! Visiting Mountain Gorilla’s.  It is  a long way to the remote Virunga Mountains in north western Rwanda which are right on the border with the DRC (Congo) & Uganda, and the Permits are difficult to get and really...

School in Sierra Leone

FollowFollow School DetailsStarted 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 block of childrens toilets complete...

North America

Arcadia National Park. Maine North America PostsThe Canadian! Puerto Rican Nature James River Virginia Plantations Scranton, Pennsylvania Missouri – Show Me! The Grand Canyon PA San Francisco Off Peak Mount Washington Climb Maryland’s Atlantic Coast Alexander Hamilton...

Middle East

Middle East PostsEgypt’s Palace Hotels Climbing Mount Sinai Abu Dhabi “Noisy Neighbors” Aswan – On The Edge Galleries  Jordan Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Jordan JordanJo Egypt Egypt Mount Sinai Aswan Aswan The Middle East – Five Extremes The Middle East contains so many...

Europe

Gdansk Poland, waterfront                                                 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...