The Ancient Village of Abyaneh Iran

Day 252 13th October 2017 Abyaneh Different travel spots ignite more or less interest in each of us. Along with tiny countries, towns built into the hillside seem to have a special appeal for me. They have an ancient feel that draws you in and connects you to them. Abyaneh is one of those towns. […]

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Iran Hiking Lake Neor to Sobotan

A beautiful hike from lake to mountains. From our campsite at Lake Neor to Sobotan the mountain side town of   Day 232   23 September 2017 An early misty morning start began with breakfast and discussion about the hike to Sobaton today. After breakfast we broke break camp and headed up into the hills. as a […]

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Masule to Lake Neor – The Long and Winding Road

Day 231  22 September 2017  Masule to Lake Neor After a jolt start to our morning we managed to gather ourselves together, race through breakfast and still be on the bus on time! Daylight saving changes and modern technology conspired to have us an hour late. Not one, but both of our phones had changed […]

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Fuman to Masule Iran – Ancient Castles Ancient Villages

Fuman to Masale. Rudkhan Castle to Masule Day 230   21 September 2017 After our easy walking day yesterday – today a more challenging but absolutely worthwhile climb up to Rudkhan (Roodkhan) castle. It remains my favourite of the castles we visited. Climbing up a beautiful lush wooded and stepped path – up, up, and ever […]

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Castles of the Assassins – the beginning

Castle of the Assasins Tour Northern Iran Days 2 and 3 Day 228 19 September 2017   One of the features of the trip we had opted for was to explore the castles of the North West of Iran. “The Castles of the Assassins” was the road trip we had opted for, travelling north into […]

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Tehran – Our Iranian Adventure Begins

Day 226 – 227  17 and 18th September A very professional Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul saw our arrival into Tehran with our heads filled with all the media-built assumptions about Iran and its people and accompanying trepidation because of it. As we descended into Imam Khomeini Airport Hijab was still a legal requirement for women. […]

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A Trio of Mountains in Bulgaria – Part 2

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Music for a Bulgarian Road Trip

  What a great way to discover Bulgarian music. As we drove through, around and over mountains we had music to keep us company.  Along the way we learned a little about local music and musicians, found music we liked, mixed with some old favourites. Not only was Nadia an expert guide in the mountains, […]

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A Trio of Mountains in Bulgaria – Part 1

This recounting of our week in the mountains of Bulgaria is being written a month and many more experiences later. The writing of it reminds me of the advantages of writing closer to the time – you forget things. It also reminds me of how many memories of this wonderful week remain strong. To begin […]

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Seto Kingdom Day Setomaa Estonia

Day 172 August 5th 2017 Kingdom Day As we continue to expound the wonderful service of Tourist Information Offices across the world – we find another standout. This time – Setomaa more precisely the town of Värska – which lead us to a unique day in the South East corner of Estonia. We learned along […]

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