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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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,…

“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…

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…

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,…

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…

Softly as I leave you

How do we find out what really matters in life? One way might be to ask those who are dying. They might occupy a perspective that allows them to see better what’s trivial and what’s truly significant. The prospect of imminent death might carry them above petty squabbles and the pursuit of money and status, and allow them a clear…

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