Category Archives: Alison’s Travel writing

Egypt – Life Returns to the Nile

For seven long years, the Great Pyramids of Giza stood forsaken, the pharaohs’ tombs silent and the historic hotels abandoned after Cairo’s 2011 Arab Spring, as political turmoil and security crises drove travellers from this land of antiquities. But it … Continue reading

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Germany’s Namedy Castle – a real life fairytale

This is a tale that begins with “Once upon a time” and has a truly happy ending. Here is a screenshot of my story, published in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Traveller on May 26, 2018. … Continue reading

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Paradise Found – seven writers choose their heaven on earth

  The most threadbare word in travel would surely be “paradise”. But what exactly do people mean when they over-use this descriptor? The simplest manifestation of a traveller’s nirvana is a magnificent location. But one person’s notion of beauty is … Continue reading

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Majestic Imperator – the royal train

  What is it that still draws people to the days of the golden age of rail, when trains resembled palaces on wheels and royalty travelled in the lap of luxury? Perhaps we simply yearn for peace in a hectic … Continue reading

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Miltenberg – Germany’s best preserved town?

In a world that relentlessly tears down its history for bigger, shinier, newer iterations, it’s a joy to visit Germany’s Miltenberg and marvel at the history embodied in the pristine half-timbered houses and crooked cobblestoned streets. Here’s my story published … Continue reading

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Salzburg and The Sound of Music

  Salzburg is Mozart’s birthplace. It’s steeped in classical music and its baroque Old Town is world heritage-listed, but its connection to something rather less high-brow is central to its popularity as a tourist destination: the 1965 film The Sound of … Continue reading

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People Power – inspirational people to meet when travelling

Travellers meet many inspirational people who are able to impart joy and insight and a greater understanding of our complex world. Fairfax Media’s Traveller writers have collected an eclectic group of people worth meeting. Here’s a cover story PDF published … Continue reading

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The Panama Canal – an engineering feat

Here’s my story published in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller on April 7, 2018 and I have included an online link to Traveller.com.au: http://www.traveller.com.au/panama-cruising-the-panama-canal-is-a-journey-through-modern-history-and-human-ingenuity-h0y497

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Bamberg, Germany – where the beer tastes like bacon

Anyone who visits beautiful Bamberg, dubbed the “Rome of Germany” and set on its seven hills, must allow themselves to fall under this ancient spell by indulging in a glass of the traditional beer that tastes like breakfast. Here is … Continue reading

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Bonn – the town that became Germany’s post-war capital

Bonn, which John Le Carre called “a small town in Germany” in his eponymous cold war thriller, once stood alongside Paris, Washington and London as an important Western bloc bulwark against the Soviet Union. For 41 years from 1949 to … Continue reading

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