My soul, that is in this stele

Some 2,700 years ago in the ancient city of Sam’al, in what is now modern Turkey, an elderly servant of the king sits in a corner of his house and contemplates the nature of his soul. His name is Katumuwa. He stares at a basalt stele made for him, featuring his own graven portrait together with an inscription in ancient…

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Sydney to London in 4 hours, 35 minutes, 5 seconds

Meet The New Concorde – Virgin Galactic Mach 3.0 Supersonic Jet. Richard Branson is always pushing the envelope and, in this case, that means literally.  He has already embarked on his edge of space efforts, his land-based Hyperloop  and his resorts and cruises are legend.  But, now he is heading into the next frontier with his new Supersonic Jet. The…

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Fly an Airbus 380? You might be too late-y

The long-accepted queen of the skies, the Airbus A380 is on its way to retirement.  And if you want to fly in one, you may want to book your tickets, soon.  The same goes for the Boeing 747 The A380 is a modern icon that has flown over 500,000 revenue flights carrying over 190 million passengers. This includes more than…

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Can you Caño?

If you really want to get away, then we have the place for you. Those in the know realise that Colombia is now shining in the sun, again.  Most of its troubles are in the past and it is fast becoming a top destination.  Lovely, friendly people, an endless array of activities throughout the country, and world-class food, wine and,…

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“Be” adventures

At the time of this writing, the world is starting to look forward to a Covid-free future.  Governments are – mostly –  doing their jobs and protecting their citizens. It will come as no surprise that many of those citizens want to travel, once more.  The pent-up demand will help to save not only cash-strapped airlines and hotels, but entire…

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Brutalist love

If you’ve been to London (or for the next time you do) be sure – if you haven’t – to visit The Barbican. An icon of Brutalist architecture, the Barbican has always been controversial. Voted ‘London’s ugliest building’ in 2003, among design aficionados it’s one of the UK’s architectural treasures. Home to some 4,000 residents across 2,000 flats, organised around…

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You can be sure, it’s Kuala Lumpur

Literally meaning “muddy river confluence” in Malay, Kuala Lumpur has grown from a small sleepy Chinese tin-mining village to a bustling metropolis of 7 million (city-proper population- 1.8 million) in just 150 years. A cultural melting pot with some of the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels, great shopping, even better food and some of nature’s wonders in just an hour away,…

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SALE: Sri Lanka for 10 nights

We don’t usually put promotions in our posts, but this is a good one. Our travel affiliate friends Titan Travel have a great deal for ten days in Sri Lanka.  A fully escorted Tour – 10 nights Accommodation + meals Included. Excursions include City Tours of Colombo and Galle and Buddhist Shrines at Anuradhapura – 12 Days from £1,999pp Read…

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Isle de Granville

Granville Island is a de rigueur activity when you visit Vancouver.  There are dozens of boutique shops, selling things like bespoke art, vodka and … brooms. The main draw – and in many ways you will draw deep breaths – is the Market.  There are dozens of food stalls, but the main attraction is the gob-smacking fresh fruit and vegetable…

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RISONARE Nasu

Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Nasu is located in Nasu. Mt. Jeans Ski Resort is worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area’s popular attractions can visit Nasu Highland Park and Nasu Safari Park. Nasu Animal Kingdom and SL Land Museum are also worth visiting. Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architecture has designed PokoPoko as…

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Tombs in your living rooms

At one time, sitting on the couch and watching television was considered a luxury:  we were so busy in our daily lives that being able to collapse on the sofa and stare at the screen . . or at the ceiling. Well, Covid-19 has flipped that scenario on its head, and most people are gagging to get out and travel,…

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Don’t pretend to be: be!

A devastating loss can shatter the façade we put up for others, exposing our deepest, rawest self. A work of art can do the same. Don’t show off! Don’t pretend to be, be!’ The piercing voice of my stern ballet teacher with the stick and the square glasses still echoes in my mind. These two sentences were standard at almost…

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Bohemian, like you

I’m getting vibes…. We’d like to introduce you to West Bohemia, a region filled with charm and chances to dig deeper into Czech culture. West Bohemia – two hours west of Prague – includes three cities that are all about health and wellness: Karlovy Vary – the well-known wellness destination of free-flowing mineral springs, founded by King Charles IV, and…

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Poetic Ayurvedic

Known as a wellness and Ayurvedic destination, Sri Lanka is once again welcoming international tourists after reopening its borders. Anantara Kalutara Resort is launching signature treatments created by French chiropodist and “foot virtuoso” Bastien Gonzalez, called the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio. The treatments are performed by chiropodists and specialized therapists using the premier Bastien Gonzalez product line and are sought out by…

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Purple Noon

Our pals at OMIO sure know Europe.  Planes, trains or automobiles, they can do it. But, like the rest of us, they’re stuck at home, too.  So they have – just in time – published their latest version of The Window Seat, their travelogue. Travel (or romance for that matter) might be tricky at the moment, but that doesn’t mean…

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No, that can’t be right.

‘Your answers on this questionnaire suggest moderate to severe depression,’ I said gently. ‘Can I ask how long that’s been going on?’ My client, a middle-aged, widowed military veteran with chronic back pain, looked taken aback. ‘Depression?’ he repeated, in a voice of disbelief. ‘No, that can’t be right. I can’t be depressed.’ ‘I’m sorry,’ I said, puzzled, ‘but what…

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Shipload of Love

Given the state of travel nowadays, it’s nice to hear something good.  And Virgin Voyages is offering to bring a smile to someone who deserves it.   “We can name a few things: the freedom of setting out on a new journey, the promise of fresh experiences, the sun cresting the horizon at the start of every new day, and memories…

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Kids these days don’t know anything

People tend to be extremely nostalgic about the music they listened to when they were young. If you were a teenager in the 1970s, chances are you will love Queen, Stevie Wonder or ABBA. And if you were young in the 1990s, Wannabe by the Spice Girls probably still gets you on the dance floor. But why is that? Do…

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The little Pelican book on philosophy

There is an urgent need today for the citizens of a democracy to think well.’ These words, which could have been written yesterday, come from Thinking to Some Purpose, a popular book by the British philosopher Susan Stebbing, first published in 1939 in the Penguin ‘Pelican’ books series, with that familiar blue-and-white cover. This little book, which could easily be…

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