Lycian Tomb viewing in Fethiye

More than a few Lycian tombs congregate on the Mountain just south of the centre of Fethiye in the Mugla Province of what is modern day Turkey.  The highest and largest of the Tombs was built in 350 BC when Fethiye was known as Telmessos, one of the city-states that formed Lycia.  An inscription on […]

Monkeys by the Angkor Wat Moat

Driving by the moat after a full day spent viewing Angkor Wat, the Bayon (smiling faces) in Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom (overgrown by trees), we spontaneously asked our Tuk Tuk driver to stop.  We wanted photos of the moat from here where it had a dreamlike quality and then our guide Borith mentioned there […]

Angkor Wat is Heaven on Earth

About. Angkor Wat is the earthly embodiment of Mt. Meru the home of the Hindu Gods – or Heaven on Earth.  The Hindu Trinity comprises Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Sustainer and Shiva the Destroyer. The largest religious complex in the world began life as a Hindu but is now – like 95% of Cambodians […]

Sihanoukville Sunset

Having spent all day at Otres Beach Sihanoukville’s quiet beach option we found ourselves lounging on Pappasan chairs some 10km away on Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville, hoping for a stunning sunset. It did not look promising.         45 minutes later we were enveloped in a purple glow and then suddenly the sky was dark. […]

Otres Beach Sihanoukville’s Quiet Option

Sihanoukville is a fairly laid back kind of place, casual enough in fact to be safely referred to as Snook. We loved Snooks’ restaurants and cafes – me because I could stuff myself with lemongrass and ginger scallops BBQ’d in the shell – and Marty because whilst patiently foot tapping in an alfresco jewellery shop […]

Finding Nature on the edge of Surburbia

Not even on the edge really.  We took a morning walk along the banks of Ross River which disects Townsville in North Queensland Australia.  We were on the town or more established side of the river where there is a walking path and wide open space between the last row of dwellings and the wildish […]

Ten Reasons Plus One to Visit Istanbul

1.  The People.   It is no accident that the People of Istanbul are No. 1 on my list.  Turkish people are honest, ever helpful and surprising in their quirkiness, as displayed by the pose this vendor at the Talarbasi Sunday Market assumed when asked for a photograph. 2.  The Mosques. The imposing Blue Mosque […]

Rustem Pasha or a Mosque hidden in a Market Place

Following an effortlessly balanced tray of simit, we squeezed down Hasircilar Caddesi, a street that came to life on the edge of the colourful Istanbul Spice Market, or Misir Carsisi. Somewhere in that street, between the stalls selling timber and cane wear, pots and bling, lay the hidden entrance of the Rustem Pasha mosque. Hidden […]

Hierapolis the Holy Spa City

The Greco-Roman ruins of Hierapolis the Holy or Sacred City are unique in that they are conjoined with the Pamukkale travertines an unusual side effect being the amount of bikini clad bodies of all shapes and sizes that roam the site.  I am not a avid visitor of ruins but haven’t encountered this phenomena previously. While bikinis were […]