Walking the National Mall DC

From the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial is an activity in its self never mind visiting any of the Smithsonian Museums. Took us about 45 minutes to stroll the wide open area. There is a range of architectural styles to distract the walker as well as catching a full on view of both the Capitol building and The Monument. Every […]

My five top wonders of the world.

There can be no definitive top five  wonders of the world list …..oh there would be the usual contenders of Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty e.t.c. but then not everyone would have the opportunity to see them let alone agree with a top five list. It also begs the question top five natural wonders of the […]

Five best places for a view in South East Asia

Looking down from above is the best way to get an overview of a new city. It gives you the story of a city in a nutshell. You get to see the shape, from the central business district to the urban sprawl as far as the eye can see. You will spy the old juxtaposed with […]

Plastic packaging – notes from a traveller.

I can’t write anything new about the environmental impacts of plastic waste, it’s very much on the political agenda and the current news. Landscapes can become visually unappealing, marine life can be affected and locals have to live with it. Many are worried not least people who are living near these toxic waste areas. We […]

Bitexco Tower – Saigon

When visiting a new city I always advise others to find the tallest landmark and get an aerial overview,it really gives you the lay of the land and given your time and budget means you can easily spatially work out your route round to catch the things that you want to see. I took my […]

An Phu, Saigon.

Whilst staying in HCMC I stayed in An Phu  and took some candid early morning shots. An Phu is in District 2, Saigon. A mainly residential area with blocks housing foreigners working their socks off in District 1 the upscale downtown hub. It’s also home to locals where wealthy villas rub shoulders with cramped alleyways of […]

The limestone karsts of Halong Bay

I believe local people used to say the rocks rearing up off the coast of Halong were dragons and it certainly looks like giant fire breathing animals have been carved out of limestone ducking and diving in this natural hotspot in Vietnam.  Previous research via the internet led me to book a cruise with  Indochina Junks and The Grey Traveller chose […]