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Periyar Spice Gardens, Kerala, India

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There are a number of spice gardens on offer around the Thekkady and Periyar district and you will be offered a number of options from the different tour operators and hotels. The gardens we visited provided a superb short outing and we absolutely recommend adding a visit to your tour. The main photo for this article is a really lush rice paddy field within the garden. Entrance A quick rickshaw ride takes you to one ... Read More »

Flying to Kathmandu from India

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The journey from India to Nepal (Kathmandu)is best done by plane but there is also the extended but less comfortable route by train and bus dependent upon where you are leaving India from. I was leaving from Delhi and decided on a flight costing approx £60 one way from Delhi International Airport to Kathmandu Tribhuban International Airport. The airport is easily accessed using the new and efficient metro from down town Delhi. An Airport Hotel In my ... Read More »

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014

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The world famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014 is scheduled for Friday 25 April to Sunday 4th May at the Fair Grounds Race Course which is located in the heart of the historic city. This 10-day music mash-up promises to see more people than ever before and strives to beat it’s audience of over 425,000 people it seen in 2013, hopefully this year round it will be without the thunderstorms and mad weather ... Read More »

Unveiled and Lifted Documentary

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Is it time for you to stop giving your power and freedom away to government and other people who claim to know what is ‘best’ for you? Whilst most of us have to live under government control, there are certain aspects which we can take back for ourselves. Many of us are taught from children that government knows best and that they are elected or brought into power to better serve the community – I ... Read More »

Paragliding, Pokhara, Nepal – Gallery

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Pokhara, Nepal is arguably the best place in the world to para-glide and the numbers for pilots, schools and companies making it possible to do are numerous. From the launch site above Pokhara you can see the whole of the town and the beautiful Lake Fewa. Gliding high over the lake and surrounding hills/mountains make this a most memorable experience. Tandem flying is so safe and so comfortable...just do it!!! Read More »

Nile Rodgers And Chic Live At Glastonbury 2013

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Glastonbury History People travel all over the world to see bands perform, but the one festival that everyone wants to perform at and see is Glastonbury.  Glastonbury is a music festival for the performing arts.  People travel all over the world to see bands perform, but if you ask them where they would like to perform, they would all most likely say Glastonbury The festival organiser, Michael Eavis, a farmer in a Somerset valley, stated ... Read More »

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

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A girl couldn’t really sleep this night, it was raining a lot…3.30am, 4 am, then 5 am, she took a pashmina to cover her head and decided to walk through the rain thinking that some people had the same ”issue” but unfortunately, those didn’t have any houses where to stay…sleeping in the dirty streets of Kathmandu… Then, she walked for an hour through these same streets, with almost no one expect two rickshaw passing and ... Read More »

Christchurch, New Zealand – Gallery

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Christchurch on the south Island of New Zealand was devastated by a severe earthquake in 2011 but these photos were taken prior to this. I was specifically intrigued by the "Autism" monument complete with talking seats and quirky bronze sculptures. Take time to review the inspirational quotes. Around Christchurch you will find wonderful countryside, views and coastline. Parts of NZ feel like going back a little in time but Christchurch is a beautiful place with pretty trams and floral displays. Read More »

Andy Murray – Not JUST a Sporting hero

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After his historic win at Wimbledon, Andy Murray is not JUST a sporting hero having become the only Briton wearing shorts to win Wimbledon but has also extended his remarkable charitable attitude to his life by donating all his £1.6m winnings to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Beating Novak Djokovic in this historic 3 set match, he has now been recognised for his achievement by many sporting and show business personalities along with the Prime ... Read More »

Sydney, Australia – Gallery

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The coastal path out from Sydney takes in a number of beaches and great views including Bondi Beach. The iconic Sydney opera house is definitely worth visiting and it is also an option to scale the Sydney Harbour bridge to take in the great views. One superb place to stop is the swimming pool which is a sea water pool and regularly used for exercise but when the tide comes in you can find yourself swimming with waves crashing over the swimming pool walls!! These pics show that it isn't always sunny in OZ!! Read More »

Thulopatal, Everest, Nepal – Gallery

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Everest, the top of the world, Living with the Tamung people, volunteering in Nepal. Look through these photos and get a true feel for the culture of this area. John O'Connell enjoyed his time here and will return to these wonderful people in the near future. This is a poor area but the people have such rich culture. Read More »

Kathmandu, Nepal – Gallery

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I visited Kathmandu for 1 week and stayed for 2 months...yes it's chaotic, yes it's dirty, yes it's dusty, yes it's smoggy or muddy BUT it is also fascinating. Temples, distinct districts, tradition and culture along with ever smiling people make this a worthwhile place to come...and not JUST to head off trekking in the Himalayas. Waalk around here an marvel wide eyed at the diversity of sights and experiences. Read More »

Friends in high places – Living with the Tamang

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A Guest post from John O’Connell: This story begins in North Eastern Thailand near a place called Nong khai on the Thai – Laos border, which is ironically where I am writing this story from now. In April 2012, on the advice of a friend, I went to work at Sarnelli house, an orphanage in North Eastern Thailand for children with H.I.V. There we taught the children English and generally kept them entertained and content. ... Read More »

Bhaktapur, Nepal – Gallery

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Bhaktapur is an absolute "must visit" when you come to Nepal. This beautiful ancient city is world renowned for art, Newar culture, marvellous buildings and monuments. There are fantastic shopping opportunities for local crafts and you can witness pottery being sculpted or thrown or Thanka paintings being hand painted. There are numerous festivals (as there are all over Nepal) in this UNESCO world heritage site. There are temples and Museums so there is no end of things to experience here. In the Bhaktapur Durbar Square you find temples, Palaces ad monasteries with the backdrop of the Himalayas. You must visit here. Read More »

Learning To Dive In Ko Phi Phi Don – A Guest Post

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This is a fantastic guest post from Louise Benson, following her time on Thailand’s Ko Phi Phi island while undertaking a Divemaster course. An excellently written piece, Louise gives detailed information on all aspects of diving on the island, from course content and price to marine life, whilst integrating her personal triumphs and feelings throughout the trip. As she now embarks on the next leg of her adventure in Australia, I’m sure you’ll join me ... Read More »

How to Find a Cut-Price Cruises

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Cruise holidays have become enormously popular and, thanks to the innovative new cruise ships and exciting new onboard activities now available, they have opened up to new audiences too. Whereas cruises were once enjoyed by retirees and those with oodles of spare cash, many families, young couples and budget-conscious travellers are now trying out this style of holiday – and are coming back for more. Cruising generally represents great value for money. After all when ... Read More »

Bangkok, just a few more pics – Gallery

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There are many images of Bangkok and these are just a few more as supplements. There is so much to see and do in Bangkok and many often use it simply as a staging post for further travels in the beautiful Thailand countryside or escape to the many and various beaches and Islands. Different districts in Bangkok are linked by an excellent traffic system and so all the key attractions; Temples, pagodas, river, restaurants, nightlife and many others besides are well within reach. Read More »

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