Tag Archives: Alison Stewart. 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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Room with a View – little Venice hotel with a rare feature

A little hotel in Venice, the San Sebastiano Garden, is a 15th-century peach-and-cream hotel in Dorsoduro – the less touristy sestiere (district) of the city’s historic centre but still only about 15 minutes’ stroll from St Mark’s. It has some … Continue reading

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Bold, beautiful Bratislava – from baroque to brutalist

You only have to look down from hilltop Bratislava Castle to see how the city’s architecture starkly reflects history’s extremes. Here’s my story published on February 7, 2018 in Fairfax Media’s The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller and … Continue reading

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