Vincent van Walt's
Travel Journal

Category: Travel

Castles in the Sand

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Travelling with your children

I call it the stairway to hell but of course it isn’t. But I imagine it could be, long, bleak and foreboding but it only leads, after mile long travellators, to gates B at Heathrow’s terminal 2.

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I’d pick more daisies

“When in Rome do as the Romans” is mostly a wise attitude and usually works well but I’d caution the traveller to be circumspect when applying this adage to culinary experiences. After a 14 hour...

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Save the drama for the llama

I wonder whether I can do this.

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Four days in Sicily

Syracuse (Siracusa) was for some centuries the most important city in the Mediterranean. Just south of the straits of Messina it held a vital strategic position and the island of Sicily had complete control...

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The world is getting smaller

They say the world became smaller when the rail networks were established and it got even smaller when cheap commercial flights became available to all. The digital age brought us the internet and so our...

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Cannoli, Arancini and Montalbano

If you have never seen the TV series "Montalbano" you've been missing a treat. The intuitively brilliant detective played by Luca Zingaretti follows the books by the Italian author Andrea Camilleri. The...

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Un Barbiere di Qualita

I suppose that you would regard the Milano as a "bijou" Hotel. The room is tiny but well appointed and very comfortable and it is but a stone's throw from the Verona Amphitheatre.  Turn right and, if...

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Multnomah Falls

The highway A5 is the road that takes you from Seattle to Portland Oregon and runs more or less straight for some 180 miles. The rental company had upgraded us to an enormous 8 seater GMC; very thirsty,...

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