Category Archive: Travel Writing


  Teampull na Trionad (Holy Trinity Church) near Carinish on North Uist may be the site of Scotland’s oldest university. Standing on a gentle hillside, it offers views of the surrounding wetlands, out to… Read More


North Uist: RSPB Balranald   On the outer edges of the British Isles, in the Uist chain of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, beyond the many lochs and inlets of North Uist, where the sea… Read More

How to… Get Married in Belarus or Russia

Moscow’s Passport magazine first published a longer version of my article.   How to Get Married in Belarus or Russia It may be true that 65% of all Russian marriages end in divorce… Read More

Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas   It’s often said that Vegas isn’t so much a city as a state of mind. Since the city’s advertising slogan assures us that ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in… Read More

How to… Drink Vodka

 How to … Drink Vodka The Belarusians say that a festive table isn’t worth its salt without a bottle of vodka. Despite having a population of just 10 million, Belarus is the world’s… Read More

Top Ten… Wondrous Travel Quotes

Top Ten …  Wondrous Travel Quotes ‘All major cities are divided into two parts: the bits that are in the guidebook and the bits that aren’t. If you don’t take a guidebook, you’ll… Read More

How to Behave… at ‘Hell’s Gate’

How to Behave … at ‘Hell’s Gate’   Not the Devil’s front door, but New Zealand’s Rotorua: a steaming, volcanic casserole. If you can stand the smell, then Hell’s Gate may be your… Read More

Animal Magic in Belarus, Russia and Eastern Europe

Top Ten …  Animal Magic in Belarus, Russia and Eastern Europe   Superstitions abound regarding animals’ intuition and magical abilities.    Dogs    Despite their fondness for snuffling up crumbs which fall to the… Read More

How to Behave… at a Russian Dinner Table

  Hope you’ve brought a gift with you: wine is welcome but so are chocolates or flowers (if giving a small bouquet, make sure there are an odd number of flowers, as even… Read More

How to Behave… at a Russian Banya

As the British love tea and the Americans love Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, so do Russians love the banya. Visit with friends, to catch up on gossip while submitting to the steam.  … Read More

How to Behave … in a Togolese Fetish Market

How to Behave … in a Togolese Fetish Market   If you ever find yourself in Lomé, the French-speaking capital of Togo, don’t miss out on a trip to the fetish market: home… Read More

Nova Scotia’s Brier Island : Whales and Wilderness

Looking for a secluded get-away, fabulous coastal scenery and the chance to get in touch with your ‘wild’ side? Nova Scotia’s Brier Island is the answer: small yet perfectly formed at just l.5… Read More

Love and Marriage : Ghanaian Style

There is a saying in Ghana to warm the heart of every voluptuous woman, to help her learn to love her wobbly bottom and encourage her to have that extra slice of cake… Read More

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