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7th December 2015

The Vatican
Thanks as usual for your wonderfully worded account. Thank you for climbing the steps for me and showing where that staircase is I have seen on the adverts on TV so many times.
From Blog: The Eternal City
7th December 2015
Spiral Staircase

The Vatican
How wonderful you could visit without mind numbing queues. Having been an exhibition woodcarver in a previous life I would love to oggle the wood, statues and stone mason mastery of Rome and the Vatican. When you consider a piece is not finished until the last scratch, gouge or blemish is removed, the words patience and dedication take on reverential meaning. Aaaah...to visit the Vatican...to be so lucky!
From Blog: The Eternal City
11th June 2015
Buddha

Gorgeous photos!
So glad you got to visit this amazing site, but so sad the lack of respect show by tourists--really a problem everywhere (flash photos of the Mona Lisa, touching marble statues in Greek and Roman museums, etc) Since Bagan is so massive, I can imagine why the government is hard pressed to conserve and protect all the treasures. But as tourism grows, how fabulous if they could post a guide/guard at the temples--increase local employment and tourist awareness. Glad you splurged on a hot shower--so lovely occasionally!
10th June 2015
Ant Tourists

Terrible behaviour!
One thing that really, really makes us angry is disrespect of ancient monuments...there is really no need to be climbing all over them and the tourists doing it should know better! Hopefully the government will start to conserve these temples and put strict rules in place for visitors before it's too late. We haven't made it to Myanmar yet, people have said 'get there before it becomes too popular', but lately we have been reading of former $10 rooms having gone up in price to $40 in the space of a year. Sadly, we think you are correct - Myanmar is well and truly on the tourist map now.
3rd June 2015

Great blog!
I'm pleased to see that, slowly but surely, you are catching up on your past trips. I wouldn't have wanted to miss this blog.
18th May 2015

Sorry to hear about your bout of dengue...
but pleased that you received good care and that you are fully recovered per the NHS. I also had dengue when I was 17...I lived in Thailand. As you say...NOT fun! Never got malaria, but my wife did.
7th November 2014

Biggest Book
i'm confused too. Bhutan likewise claims that. Housed in their National Library.
7th November 2014

I can't verify the truth of it I'm afraid - though I rather suspect that there are several 'biggest' everything in the world!
6th November 2014
Gateway

Beautiful Mandalay!
Biggest book indeed, though the "pages" were beautiful and looked like the mausoleums in upscale South American cemeteries. That flower-seller had lotus buds--how fantastic to have bouquets of lotus in your room! Your wonderful photos completely obfuscate the crowds and picnicing families--well done. And you're so right in feeling that Mandalay seems so new--it was founded as a royal capital only in 1857--very new indeed.
18th October 2014
Monks

Golden temples and splintered feet
Very exotic--the monks, gorgeously carved teak and gold temples. Since Mandalay was founded only in the 1850s, I imagine you won't find much there to satisfy antiquarian hungers though I'm sure there will be many opportunities for this in other parts of this ancient realm. How fab that you have air-conditioning in such a hot, tropical place, can tap into the wifi from the hotel next door and find familiars in the markets. I imagine you'll soon be able to walk over hot coals in your toughened feet--good luck with that!
18th October 2014

Well have you met Nellie the elephant yet??
Well Mandalay evoked many memory from school days with Rudyard Kipling, old black and white movies with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope 'Road to Mandalay' and of course that child hood famous song of Nellie the elephant. Now all you have to do is find a photo for me of an elephant in Mandalay.. not much to ask maybe. Keep blogging and photographing. Your blogs are always a pleasure to read.
18th October 2014

Hi there
It's been awhile and Mandalay remains in my bucket list. Really ought to do something about it before all else is modernized and sites get overcrowded. Thanks for sharing!
14th October 2014
Fellow travellers

The Sahara Desert
There's something about the Sahara that excites my soul. This pic really captures the exoticism that only the Sahara can evoke. Brilliant.
12th October 2014

Good pics!
"the genius in front of me who had actually thought to bring a plastic poncho to the Sahara!" Loved this line! Thanks for making me smile!
29th September 2014

Smile you are in Fez
The Fez may come from Turkey but the Smile you are in Fez pic says it all. Gotta say the carpets would be a drawcard for me. A Moroccan rug would go down well at my place as they are rare in Oz. At this stage I can only dream of getting to Morrocco one day. Thanks for reviving the dream.
28th September 2014
Gate

Fezless Fez
Having been to Turkey before Fez, Morocco, I'd already learned that Ataturk outlawed the little red fezzes when he westernized the country. I must say that you are so brave to have visited a tannery--yikes! I spent four months in Morocco and never managed to do that. Love your gates, and how wise to have visited the Dar Batha museum/palace--a perfect respite from the souk. I now realize you're Anna's bold, traveling sister--so glad you'll be off with her to Myanmar. Looking forward to more adventures!
24th September 2014

Hi there
It's been a while. Both for you and me. Have not been as active on TB too, I confess. But it's good to hear from you and reading your latest adventure in a city I have yet to visit, Budapest.
From Blog: Budapest
23rd September 2014
Spiral

Such a photogenic city!
Great photos of one of my favorite cities. I've a travelblog friend who's going to be teaching in Myanmar, so if you go, and would like a hook-up, let me know.
From Blog: Budapest
23rd September 2014

Welcome back to blogging...
we look forward to reading about your travels. Myanmar will certainly be a change from South America.
From Blog: Budapest
23rd September 2014

Beautiful pics
What a beautiful city
From Blog: Budapest
22nd September 2014

pictures
Being able to take pictures of Stonehenge without people in them is quite a remarkable achievement in itself. When I visit a site I sometimes have to wait patiently for quite a bit to get a picture without someone in it, and go during the week at odd times just for that reason. Never on a weekend.
From Blog: Stonehenge
22nd September 2014

LOL
That is amazing you never went...being only 3 hours off. I have out-of-town relatives that make me go to all the tourist sites in my backyard!
From Blog: Stonehenge
18th January 2012

Wowwwwwww beutiful pic!!!
Wowwwwwww beutiful pic!!!
From Blog: Almost there!
18th January 2012
Dragonfly

Amazing photo!
From Blog: Cali

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