Tag Archives: UNESCO Heritage site

Return to Florence Part 1

Our Taxi from Firenza Santa Maria Novella Train Station drove past an open square with a single statue in the middle of a circle of trees – Piazza della Indipendenza. It had changed very little in the preceding 12 years. The last time we were here the watchful gaze of Ubaldini Peruzzi’s Statue (He was […]

Peking Duck Hidden City

Today would involve walking and lots of it, our destination was the Summer Palace. This was once a playground for the imperial court fleeing the summer heat of the stifling Forbidden City. The palace grounds, temples, gardens, pavilions, Kunming lake with numerous bridges and gate towers is a beautiful landscape so much so that UNESCO […]

I am the Mountain..

The alarm went off for the second morning at 5.30 am. We woke to the sun glaring through the crack in the curtains, what a difference a day made. We were off to climb the Huàngshàn mountains, commonly known as the yellow mountains or for the movie buffs the scenery in Avatar! Steven packed us […]

Hippy Hippy Shake

We have managed to tunnel under the Chinese Wall of Silence and can bring you some blog updates Sssssh! Transmission begins……… What happens when a bus has no suspension, is driven for 300km in the wrong gear and had dodgy tires? 6 hellish hours of our lives that we will never claw back! Oh and […]

Hampi Birthday Mum!

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains. Round the Decay. 1336 Telugu Prince Harihararaya chooses Hampi as his new Capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire. Over the next couple of centuries it grows into the largest Hindu Empires in Indian history. The Portuguese refer to […]

Tickled Pink

As alluded to in our previous post Pink City – Jaipur is known as the ‘pink city’. Most of the major cities in Rajasthan are associated with one hue or another and there is always a ‘colourful’ story to go with it. The city was painted pink to celebrate the visit of King Edward VII […]