Vincent van Walt's
Travel Journal

Category: Travel

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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Clay Cliffs and Ice Crystals

Mix the right sort of clay with cobbles, site them where streams and rain will erode it in a geologically short period, sprinkle them with minerals to tint the cake and you get the Clay Cliffs in Omarama,...

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Four countries in two weeks

Admittedly two of them are pretty small and we barely grazed French territorial waters but when you travel at an average cruising speed of 6 knots (six nautical miles per hour) and you have 400 miles to...

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Goodbye Varanasi and a train journey

We are templed out, stupaed out, mausoleumed out, mosqued out.

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Buddhist Tranquillity

An ancient Stupa is possibly neither a mausoleum nor a temple. Those Stupas were mostly completely solid structures. They did not contain burial chambers nor did they contain caskets of treasure. They...

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The Road to Varanasi

There is a highway of sorts which leads from Lucknow to Varanasi. It is about 300 km and so straight for the first half that the Romans would have been jealous. They promised us that it would not take...

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