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 is no longer Death on the Nile.

Here is a screenshot of my cover story published on May 27, 2018 in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Traveller and online here:

http://www.traveller.com.au/tourists-return-to-egypt-why-cairo-the-nile-and-great-pyramids-of-giza-are-back-on-the-travel-bucketlist-h10bxx#ixzz5IGFlwF2V

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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.

And you can read it online here at Traveller.com.au: http://www.traveller.com.au/namedy-castle-the-rhine-germanys-medieval-marvel-saved-by-a-modernday-princess-h0z6v8#ixzz5IGDu1U9b

 

 

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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 another’s monochrome.

At Fairfax Media’s Traveller, we gathered together in a cover story the seven places our writers nominate as their particular paradise. I have written the introduction and picked Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools as my little heaven – please click on the screenshot link below. It was published on April 11, 2018 in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller. 

Paradise 1 Screenshot 2018-04-15 07.06.18 (4 files merged)

Read more: http://www.traveller.com.au/most-beautiful-places-on-earth-seven-paradises-that-are-heaven-on-earth-h0yjip#ixzz5CtNx3Trq

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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 world and the uncomplicated coddling a fine train promises.

That frisson of pleasurable anticipation is palpable as we tread the red carpet to board the Majestic Imperator, a six-carriage Austrian train painstakingly restored to replicate the fabled imperial train of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

Here’s my story published on April 11, 2018 in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller and online below.

Apologies for the mistake in the penultimate paragraph where the word “providence” is used instead of “provenance”. A reader has pointed this out.

Read more: http://www.traveller.com.au/austria-a-luxury-train-journey-from-linz-to-passau-via-salzburg-h0yfey#ixzz5CtM4EZee

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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 in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Travellers and online below.

Read more: http://www.traveller.com.au/miltenberg-germany-a-cruise-tour-to-one-of-germanys-oldest-and-bestpreserved-towns-h0y85k#ixzz5CtJpmxp4

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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 Music.

Here’s my story published in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller on April 11, 2018 and the link is below.

Read more: http://www.traveller.com.au/salzburg-austria-secrets-of-salzburg-and-the-sound-of-music-still-a-tourist-drawcard-h0yfxo#ixzz5CtIfQiRH

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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 in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller on April 1, 2018 and I have included an online link to Traveller.com.au:

http://www.traveller.com.au/inspirational-people-in-travel-h0y1gu

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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 my story, published on March 24, 2018 in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Travellers and you can also read it online here:

http://www.traveller.com.au/bamberg-germany-where-the-beer-tastes-of-bacon-h0xk5n#ixzz5Azv7oEgj

 

 

 

 

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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 1990, Bonn was Germany’s new capital, replacing Berlin, which was divided by the Iron Curtain and tainted by Third Reich associations.

The year 2020 will mark a discomfiting 30th anniversary for Beethoven’s birthplace on the banks of the Rhine, the year she was stripped of her status.

Here is my story, published in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller on March 17, 2018 and also online here:

http://www.traveller.com.au/bonn-the-town-that-became-germanys-postwar-capital-h0xe7o#ixzz5AztCL9Sc

 

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