Istanbul. Paradise enough.

Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople and before that Bizantium, remains to me, the very epitome of ‘centre of the world’. For centuries a cultural, political and social hub of ¬†global trade and knowledge. It is my all time favourite city. Continue reading Istanbul. Paradise enough.


Last month in South America

Uruguay is a small country, nestled/squeezed between the behemoths of Argentina and Brazil, on the banks the worlds largest river (River Plate). Arguably, it has a low profile globally, so our walking-tour guide shared these fun facts.. 1) 3 million people are living in Uruguay, alongside 14 million cows. Uruguayans are the highest consumers of beef, per capita, in the world. 2) The first football … Continue reading Last month in South America

The migration south to Santiago

As the winter weather chill arrives in North America, we’ve decided to take the chance to migrate south to Chile for their warmer climes. Before that we had just enough time for a trip to Seattle. We found that Seattle, a centre for coffee and entrepreneurship, bounded by lake Washington and the Elliot Bay, was a buzzing city yet ‘cool’ and relaxed. There were a few … Continue reading The migration south to Santiago

To Seattle via true Canada and US

Another month passes. We said goodbye to Calgary just as the precipitous race from warm summer to freezing winter got under-way.  Honestly, Calgary wasn’t a highlight of the trip, but we had a great time as my parents visited, we took in loads of world-class museums, and enjoyed trips to the Rockies. In the end, though we were glad to leave, particularly as the next … Continue reading To Seattle via true Canada and US