Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula – Top 10

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St Grada Church It’s amazing what you can find out on Google. (Quite apart from the name of the church that you’ve forgotten). The church at St Grada was part of a Dr Who episode – The Smugglers – broadcast …

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Oman: The Mountain of the Sun

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It was hot at 8am when Munir, our guide for the day, picked us up at our Muscat hotel in his 4×4. Hot enough, in fact, for my camera lenses to fog when we went outside. Summer temperatures in Oman …

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Barcelona: What to See

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Note: this post is mainly taken from an article I wrote for Viator in 2011. The original article can be found here. If Barcelona does have a flaw, then it is possibly that there are too many sights. This can …

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Varkala: Pilgrims to the Left, Tourists to the Right

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Varkala in May, like Kovalam, is almost devoid of tourists . Those that are here fall pretty much into two categories. There are the leather-skinned old hands, eking out the last of the sunshine before heading to the mountains when the …

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Sivagiri: One Caste, One Religion, One God

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A Hindu temple that is open to anybody is a bit unusual in Kerala. Finding one with a picture of Jesus, a picture of Buddha and an Islamic script is, well, unique. But then Nanoo Swami’s philosophy of “One Caste, …

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Vizhinjam: Little Village, Big Harbour

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Vizhinjam is a village about 3km south of Kovalam beach. It is home to about 10,000 people, most of them involved in the fishing trade (with the poverty that that implies). On the northern side of the harbour is the …

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