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Europe » Ireland » County Waterford » Waterford April 18th 2018

Ireland - only for the Brave 18th April 2018 Continuing the Grey Haired Nomads’ 2,200 mile journey by motorhome, clockwise around Ireland Waterford to Westport and beyond From our overnight stop to the west of Waterford, we drove the 40 km of N25 in dense fog to Dungarvan, County Waterford, and followed the minor road out to Gaelic speaking, Helvick Head. (You’ll have noticed, we like these ends of the road!) There’s a picturesque harbour with a few leaning boats stranded at low tide where the road runs out, and black guillemots and sandwich terns on the water. But the thing of real note is the road signs - they’re all in Gaelic only. Quite dangerous for visitors. There are many Gaelic-speaking communities across the south here. By mid-morning thin sunshine had filtered through the mist ... read more
Ardmore
Cobh Harbour
Clonakilty

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Wicklow April 14th 2018

Ireland - only for the Brave 1 14th April 2018 “Did we get on the wrong boat, Janice?” There’s only one piece of the jigsaw left for us to complete our motorhome map of mainland Europe. It’s green and it’s an expensive ferry ride away. Eyes there are smiling, mountains sweep down to the sea and it’s a long way to somewhere or other. They have shamrock, fairies and leprechauns and jet-black beer with froth and a toucan on the top. Got it yet? It’s mid April: the snowdrops in our garden at home in Norfolk, UK, are finally over and the daffodils are just about hanging on. Frog spawn appeared in the pond overnight and a blackcap was singing its heart out somewhere close by in the forest. Rain and cold weather seem to have ... read more
Southstack - Holyhead
Dublin
Sally Gap

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer February 7th 2018

Return to India 10 (click on 'previous' below the panoramas for earlier blogs) 7th February 2018 Jaisalmer, Deserted Villages and Leopards! Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’). The three-hour car journey to Jaisalmer is taking us across Rajasthan's monotonous pancake-flat landscape, a vast plain the colour of parched oatmeal with sparse thorn and acacia scrub. Flocks of sheep and herds of goats cross the road in front of us, the occasional wandering cow heads in our direction down the middle of the road and a heavily-laden camel cart slows our path. A shrike on a branch is looking for lizards beside the road, we pass a lady bearing sticks on her head for cooking, and now-and-again there are small areas of ... read more
Kids outside The Silk Route Hotel
Entrance to The Golden Fort
Some of the artisans living on the hill

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Bikaner February 4th 2018

Return to India 9 (click on 'previous' below the panoramas for earlier blogs) 2nd February 2018 Forts, Rats, Vultures ad Cranes Bikaner, Rajasthan Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’). It's mild enough for shirt-sleeves on our short stroll after breakfast today, from our hotel to the enormous sandstone Junagarh Fort on the edge of town. Like many of Rajasthan's forts this one is built to impress, that's for sure. Constructed back in the mid-sixteenth century for ruler Raja Rai Singh, this truly massive fort covers an impressive 5.28 hectares! It's impossible not to stand and stare in wonder at its enormity; let's close our eyes for a moment and take a deep breath before we move on: past the boating lake, ... read more
Junagarh Fort
Inside the Royal chambers
Sound horn and move over!

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Khandela February 1st 2018

Return to India 8 (click on 'previous' below the panoramas for earlier blogs) 1st February 2018 The Ancient Castle at Khandela, and Blackbuck Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’). Today we're travelling by car from the Pink City of Jaipur to the town of Khandela, in the Sikar District of Rajasthan, about 100 miles to the north. It's a little off the tourist trail and we're rather looking forward to meeting our host, Dr Raisal Singh Khandela, at his hotel, a Heritage Hotel of considerable charm, fashioned from a minor part of his ancient castle complex. Our arrival beyond the huge gates of this grand Mogul palace is greeted in traditional fashion with garlands of marigolds, our foreheads daubed with orange ... read more
Khandela Castle
Haveli in Khandela
Teenage school kids

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur January 28th 2018

Return to India 7 (click on 'previous' below the panoramas for earlier blogs) 28th January 2018 Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’). OK. Hands up. It's a year since my brother, Mike, and I, trod these glorious paths on yet another journey of discovery through India - and one or two of you might have noticed the story was unfinished. No excuses. Sometimes hobbies other than writing blogs get in the way. The following four: Return to India 7 - 10, will open the door to the final few days of our adventure. Come in out of the cold and I'll tell you all about it. Varanasi to Jaipur - Birds, Parties and Leopards The moon passed through earth's shadow as ... read more
Jal Mahal
Khandela Haveli Hotel
Polo at Rajasthan Polo Club, Jaipur

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Bandhavgarh January 27th 2018

27th January 2018 Madhya Pradesh Return to India 6 (Click on 'previous' below the panoramas for earlier blogs) 25th January 2018 Looking for Royal Bengal Tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’). I’m not going to make any promises, but we’re going to look for tigers. The first problem is the arduous journey to get from Rishikesh to the tiger reserve at Banhavgarh. The second problem is that looking for tigers in the wild is rather like looking for a needle in a haystack, as I recall from our last visit in 2013 . So, there’s another strenuous day ahead I’m afraid:... read more
Wheat field
Tigergarh
Bringing in the wood for cooking

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi January 25th 2018

25th January 2018 Uttar Pradesh Return to India 5 (click on 'previous' below the panorama for earlier blogs) Varanasi - The Ghats and beyond Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’). The good guidebook tells us there are 88 ghats here in Varanasi; those long terraces of riverfront steps leading down to the banks of the mighty Mother Ganges. Most are used for ceremonial bathing but just two are used exclusively as cremation sites. Raju, our guide here in Varanasi, has organised a boat to take us downriver this evening, to view the proceedings from the water just before sunset. The guidebook also talks much about tigers, but that will have to... read more
Varanasi - Harishchandra Ghat
Varanasi - Banikarnika Ghat
Varanasi - Banikarnika Ghat

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi January 24th 2018

January 2018 Return to India 4 (click on 'Previous Entry' below the panorama for earlier blogs) The Ganges by boat Uttar Pradesh Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’). Allahabad to Varanasi Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’) getting to know each other rather better as they travel through the north of this fascinating country. Our hosts at Kanchan Villa Guesthouse in Allahabad are joining us for breakfast again this morning and there’s much excitement in the air as we prepare to embark on a two-day boat journey down the River Ganges, drifting ge... read more
Hanuman Temple
Mirzapur
Mirzapur

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh January 16th 2018

Return to India 3 Meditating in Rishikesh 16th January 2018 Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the much younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’) getting to know each other rather better as they travel through the north of this fascinating country. Rishikesh, Devprayeg and Allahabad It’s only about an hour from Haridwar to Rishikesh, our taxi winding in and out of traffic on the switchback road. Way back in the ‘60s a group of guys headed this way with their wives and girlfriends seeking to dispose of some of their cash and searching for a new way of life. They came here to attend an advanced course in Transcendental Meditation at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. You’ll know who I’m talking about: The Beatles, of course. Me? I’m ... read more
The Ganges
Aarti at Rishikesh
Devprayag from the road




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