Pedals test the mettle in a Vietnam adventure

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  I don’t know what it was that inspired me to embark on a four-day cycling adventure in Vietnam with my (grown-up) son. We were meeting there to spend a week together anyway but four days...

Travel Notes from Laos

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Visiting Laos is a bit like going to Vietnam 20 years ago before that country's "Open Door" policy showed that Communist countries can extract Capitalist dollars just by offering a few decadent luxuries to...

Glasgow’s hidden gems

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It’s 3.30 on a fairly typical Glasgow Spring afternoon, and I am standing in horizontal freezing rain in the midst of a fake Neolithic stone circle. Behind me, a 20-storey apartment block – which...

Night and day in Luang Prabang

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Wandering around the streets of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, trying out some new settings on my newish Nikon, I came across this.  Two European backpackers escape the heat of their hotel rooms and...

Perfumed path from movie madness

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Between the Cannes film festival, the motor racing Grand Prix in Monaco and billionaire weddings in Antibes you can sample more glamour along France’s Cote D’Azure than you can shake a champagne flute at. ...

Cuba keeps the wheels turning

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March 2016 Cuba is on the move. Its government Cuba and the USA are talking about allowing direct flights from American soil, although, while the USA is gung-ho, the Cubans are more reticent. And the first...

Cuba gets ready to rock as Obama and the Stones roll in

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"Compromiso," says Johan Machin Morales, owner of one of Cuba's most popular casa particulares, "that is all we really need." Johan is referring to Cubans' hopes for the outcomes from the visit of American President...
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