Travel

Puffins On The Isle Of May

We took a trip into the Firth Of Forth, the estuary north of Edinburgh, to see puffins on the Isle Of May. The Isle of May is a small, low-lying island that is home to thousand of puffins and other seabirds. First though, a short primer about puffins, the clowns of the sea as they …

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In Search Of Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling tea is, unsurprisingly, grown around Darjeeling. It is a hill town in West Bengal and the centre of a tea industry with roots back to the British Raj. At an altitude of 2,100m (7,000ft) the slopes around the town make it perfect for growing tea. About 70km (45miles) from the town, Katchenjunga in the Himalayas …

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Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi

Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi is one of the most important centres for cremations In India. The river Ganges at Varanasi flows in a long gentle curve and is dotted on one side by temples. Below them are landings or jetties called ghats. It’s often quiet along the river, except for the evening puja or purification ceremonies that take …

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Haridwar

Haridwar is a town in northern India. Tamara and I went there to see the town and to see the meeting of sadhus on the river Ganges. First though, to an observation that the world is full of contrasts. Never is this brought home more strongly than when the contrasts cut across established ideas. For …

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Udaipur

The Gangaur Palace Hotel in Udaipur is a converted haveli, that is, a former residence of a wealthy family. It probably dates back two or three hundred years. The building is made of stone and built around a courtyard. The pillars that support the floors above are made of a dense grey stone carved and decorated …

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Charolais Cows From Charolle

On a trip from Lyon to Dijon, Tamara and I decided to drive the minor roads rather than the autoroute. Traveling the slower roads gave us a chance to see the miles of vineyards stretching up the gentle valley sides as we passed Beaune and Nuits-Saint-Georges on the approach to Dijon. It also gave us …

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