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Entrance to Changi Museum and Chapel, Singapore

The Changi Gaol, Singapore, a World War II horror

War; tragic and horrific. Creating desolation, carnage and destruction. Causing immense suffering, misery and loss, destroying and changing lives forever. Singapore during World War II was thought to be an impregnable fortress. When it fell to Japan on February 15th …

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Dubai, the western city in the desert

Dubai, a large, vibrant, metropolis with ribbons of traffic clogging the roads in every direction. Palm trees and mosques, peppered in amongst the towering skyscrapers. Opulent shopping malls complete with indoor aquariums, ice rinks, ski runs and luxury hotels. Throughout …

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The Blue Mosque, Istanbul. Turkey

The magical city of Istanbul

Istanbul, mystical and wondrous, nestled on the Bosphorus in the very centre of the world. A vibrant, exciting city where the cultures of East and West, Asia and Europe, literally collide. Wander its narrow, cobbled streets and let the treasures …

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Plaza de Oriente architecture, Madrid, Spain

A snap shot of Madrid, a Spanish jewel

Madrid, an alive and beguiling city, exciting and passionate. A city of artists, beloved of Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, Dalí and Miró whose work adorns the magnificent walls of the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. …

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Magnesia, the Roman Stadium near Selcuk Turkey

Amongst the fig and olive trees, Magnesia and Priene, Turkey

We veered the car off the main road to find ourselves bumping slowly along a dusty, track leading to seemingly nowhere. Either side of us were an abundance of fig trees, their branches hung low, heavy with what looked like …

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View over Basilica of St John near Ephesus,Turkey

Cleopatra, Mary, John and Paul, biblical icons in Ephesus?

Did these people really walk where I am standing? Cleopatra, Marc Anthony, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, John the Apostle, Saint Paul? Did they live here, on these same lush hillsides, amidst the olive groves and fig trees? Did they feel …

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Terrace Houses of Ephesus, Turkey

Life in The Terrace houses of Ephesus

The Terrace House of Ephesus are beautiful, stylish villa set on 4 levels, set around a spacious, el fresco courtyard where the sunlight dapples upon the hand laid marble floors. The stunning and dramatic vaulted entrance hall leads to a …

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The Celsus Library of Ephesus, Turkey

Walking with the Romans….. in Ephesus

Close your eyes, be quite still, concentrate hard and listen carefully……. Then conjure up the sounds of Ephesus, the clattering rumble of chariot wheels passing along the marble paved street just inches from your toes. The occasional crack of a whip …

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The River Thames, Goring, England
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England in September

England in September finds summer still lingering, the days maybe drawing in and autumn is just round the corner but the trees are still leafy green and although unpredictable the skies are frequently the colour of cornflowers. I went on …

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