Algeria

Algeria, a North African gem bordering the vast Sahara Desert and sparkling Mediterranean Sea, boasts a rich history waiting to be explored. From ancient Berber kingdoms and Roman influence to the vibrant era of Islamic dynasties, Algeria's past is etched in its architecture, traditions, and breath-taking landscapes. In May 2024 I visited, exploring the coastal cities or Algiers and Oran, visiting magnificent Roman ruins near the "City of Bridges" Constantine, and spending some in the oasis towns deep in the Sahara desert. On this trip I also took a new gadget -…

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Budapest

As a benefit of my credit card I got two return flights within Europe so decided to head to Budapest for a long weekend as I've never been to Hungary. The city, sat on the Danube, is split into two - Buda on the westerns side of the river and Pest on the Eastern side. There's loads to see and do and some great restaurants as well. And although it was a little hot to just walk around when we were there, Budapest has a great public transport infrastructure of Trams, Buses…

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Northern Pakistan

In 2023 I travelled to Pakistan. The day before I was due to leave I was a little nervous as the ex-PM had just been arrested there and all sorts of violent protests were kicking off and the police had blocked many roads, including in Islamabad where I was flying in to. However things had died down a little by the time I arrived although the 40 minute drive from the airport to the hotel took more than 2 hours due to roads still being blocked! We primarily explored Northern Pakistan, initially…

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Mauritius & Reunion
Mauritius is almsot entirely surrounded by a reef with waves breaking far offshore. This cove is on of the few breaks where waves reach the shore.

Mauritius & Reunion

I got married in October 2022 and my partner and I travelled to Mauritius and then Reunion for our Honeymoon. I didn't take many photos as it was mainly a relaxing, chill by the beach type of holiday. However we did explore the southern part of Mauritius and take a helicopter flight over the cirques and volcano in Reunion.

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The Balkans
Light streams into the Osogovo Monastery from a high window illuminating the frescoes

The Balkans

On returning from Uzbekistan I realised I had a load of leave to use before the end of June otherwise I'd lose it. So after a quick search of places to go I opted for a trip to the Balkans - mainly North Macedonia with a small bit of Bulgaria and Kosovo through in for good measure. It was a tough trip in many respects with a lot of driving and single night stays in each location, but the landscape and many UNESCO sites were interesting to see. However it was frustrating…

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Uzbekistan
The view over the old part of Khiva from the watch tower on the city walls.

Uzbekistan

Part of the ancient silk road between China and Europe. The ‘stans are somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a while and there’s still a few others to explore. Many Persian cities took advantage of the commerce between East and West as the Silk Road developed and in Uzbekistan Bukhara and Samarkand eventually became extremely wealthy cities. In 327 BC Macedonian ruler Alexander the Great conquered the region, followed by 7th century conquests by the Araba who brought Islam to Uzbekistan. In the 13th century Genghis Kahn invaded and the region changed with culture…

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