By Roger Allnutt Most tourists heading to the Philippines fly into the capital Manila and after a couple of days fly out to one of the popular island destinations such as Cebu, Boracay or Palawan. However, the region north of…
St Augustin Church and Belltower in , Paoay, The Philippines By Roger Allnutt
Tales of ambitious trailblazers striking it rich in the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s loom large in our national narrative. While there are countless uplifting stories of these pioneering souls peppered throughout our history, there are also many aspects…
By Roger Allnutt The elephants are in mourning and very agitated. Amongst the stark foliage of the trees lining the Chobe River in northern Botswana a small family of elephants fret and stamp, emitting mournful noises. A few days earlier…
Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana
By Ariel Johns What is it about murder mysteries that have us so intrigued? Is it solving the crime? Do we love meeting an eccentric group of characters? Or, do we secretly hope the killer gets away with it? For…
By Roger Allnutt Perched high on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the St Lawrence River in Quebec City, the historic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel must be one of the best known and most recognizable icons in Canada if…
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel, Quebec
HALF MOON BAY — Forbes Travel Guide has released its first annual Verified Lists, naming The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay as one of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay will be showcased with all of the other…
By Roger Allnutt France is a large and amazingly diverse country full of magnificent scenery (just watch the Tour de France on TV for a sample), with a fascinating history, wonderful buildings and some of the best food and wine…
9th Century Abbey at Baume les Messieurs in the Department of Jura, France
By Roger Allnutt Many travellers to China include Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province and famous for the Terracotta Warrior s as a key part of their itinerary. However there is another province with a similar name Shanxi which lies…
Xuankong (Overhanging Monastery) in Shanxi Province, China
By Roger Allnutt For many Europeans Crete is one of the Greek islands that they flock to in droves to relax in the sunshine at one of the many resorts that line the north coast of the 150-mile-long island. Large…
Colourful flowers against wall of Prevelli monastery on the Greek Island of Crete
By Ariel Johns Nestled on the Yucatán Peninsula and bordering the Caribbean Sea, Cancún, Mexico has long been known for its food, rich history and luxurious beach front resorts. For one week, I had the pleasure of calling this oasis,…
By Roger Allnutt Five mallard ducks almost upstaged Elvis on my recent visit to Memphis About 80 years ago the manager of the fashionable and very stately Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis introduced a ‘show’ where some ducks paraded out…
Courtesy of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau
By Joann Deutch [Read Part I of An Antarctic Adventure series here.] Antarctica, the 7th continent, is a land mass the size of Europe and the United States combined, an improbable desert beneath ice, and inaccessible outside a small window…