Postcard from Marrakech; Favourite Destinations Photo Series

This might seem to be a surprising choice of image to represent the bustling Moroccan city of Marrakech. Maybe an image of the amazing Djemaa el Fna square, perhaps a colourful fabric or spice stall from the surrounding souks may seem more appropriate. These seem to be the foundations of the North African culture, hives of frenetic activity and tourism, …

Postcard from a Marrakech street scene

Oranges are easy to find in Marrakech, in fact anywhere in Morocco. They grow in trees at the side of the streets, in train stations, parks and just about anywhere you look. The main square of Djemaa el Fna is flanked by stallholders selling freshly squeezed orange juice at an unbelievably cheap price. I always wondered where they collected their …

If you only travel to one ‘Hot’ Destination this year……..

New Year, new travel suggestions, it is that time of year that travel publications roll out their suggested hot destination list for the coming year. These can be useful, especially if anybody is not actually aware that Australia, India, Argentina or Portugal exist! In some cases they may have a vested interest in the destination, they maybe organising their own …

Population Growth – One in Seven Billion Photo Essay

“A single voice shouted is seldom heard, but many voices whispering in unison can be deafening” Today we officially share the World with seven billion people, as this is the population figure which has been predicted for us to reach this very day. Do not ask me the name of the seventh billionth inhabitant, I am sure it is known …

Post Paris – Travel in the fight against Terror

Sickening attack I had just booked into a chalet near Millau in the Aveyron region of the Midi-Pyrénées in the South of France and was feeling pretty good. Switching on the television the first sickening reports of the bomb blast and shooting in Norway were being broadcast. I sat on the bed and watched in horrified silence as the whole …