Category Archive: Travel Writing

Trinity Temple – Scotland’s Oldest University?

  Teampull na Trionad (Holy Trinity Church) near Carinish on North Uist may be the site of Scotland’s oldest university. Standing on a gentle hillside, it offers views of the surrounding wetlands, out to… Continue reading

North Uist: Birdlife at the Edge of the World

North Uist: RSPB Balranald On the outer edges of the British Isles, in the Uist chain of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, beyond the many lochs and inlets of North Uist, where the sea ebbs… Continue reading

How to … Get Married in Belarus or Russia

 Moscow’s Passport magazine first published a longer version of my article.   How to Get Married in Belarus or Russia   It may be true that 65% of all Russian marriages end in… Continue reading

How to… Have Fun on Nova Scotia’s Brier Island: Whales and Wilderness

Looking for a secluded get-away, fabulous coastal scenery and the chance to get in touch with your ‘wild’ side? Nova Scotia’s Brier Island is the answer: small yet perfectly formed at just l.5… Continue reading

Top Ten … Wondrous Travel Quotes

 Top Ten …  Wondrous Travel Quotes ‘All major cities are divided into two parts: the bits that are in the guidebook and the bits that aren’t. If you don’t take a guidebook, you’ll… Continue reading

How to Behave … at ‘Hell’s Gate’

How to Behave … at ‘Hell’s Gate’   Not the Devil’s front door, but New Zealand’s Rotorua: a steaming, volcanic casserole. If you can stand the smell, then Hell’s Gate may be your… Continue reading

Top Ten … Animal Magic in Belarus, Russia and Eastern Europe

Top Ten …  Animal Magic in Belarus, Russia and Eastern Europe   Superstitions abound regarding animals’ intuition and magical abilities.    Dogs    Despite their fondness for snuffling up crumbs which fall to the… Continue reading

How to Behave …. at a Russian Dinner Table

  Hope you’ve brought a gift with you: wine is welcome but so are chocolates or flowers (if giving a small bouquet, make sure there are an odd number of flowers, as even… Continue reading

How to Behave … at a Russian Banya

As the British love tea, so do Russians love the banya. Visit with friends, to catch up on gossip while submitting to the steam.   Fling modesty to the wind, donning only a… Continue reading

How to Behave … in a Togolese Fetish Market

How to Behave … in a Togolese Fetish Market   If you ever find yourself in Lomé, the French-speaking capital of Togo, don’t miss out on a trip to the fetish market: home… Continue reading

Love and Marriage: Ghanaian Style

There is a saying in Ghana to warm the heart of every voluptuous woman, to help her learn to love her wobbly bottom and encourage her to have that extra slice of cake… Continue reading

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