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Thames RIB Experience, London, England
 
From the river, London’s skyline has a different shape. These iconic buildings look transformed with nothing between me and them except for the water. No other structures, no people, no cars, no buses. They stand out like the beacons of London’s history and culture that they are.
 
This is no ordinary London boat cruise. I am on the Thames Rib Experience and this vessel goes fast. Not yet, though.
 
Read more about it here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/10/thames-rib-experience-london-review/
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Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England
 
The Isle of Wight, just off the coast in the south of England, seems like a bit of an outpost in itself. But within the island, the town of Vintner is even more isolated. It’s on the opposite side to all the ferry arrivals and has no direct train link, like some of the other coastal communities. It seems an unlikely spot for an arts festival.
 
But it’s this isolation that gave birth to the idea for a Ventnor Fringe Festival. It started with a group of young locals who thought their town needed more events. It was them – not the local authorities – who began the initial work to create the festival.
 
http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/09/ventnor-fringe-festival-isle-of-wight/
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Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi, Vietnam
 
The first construction here was a Chinese fortress in the 7th century. This was during the Dai La period when the Chinese controlled much of what is northern Vietnam today. There are no original buildings from this time on the site, though, although there is some evidence of the fortress found during an archaeological dig.
 
The buildings that are within the Thang Long complex today that are historically significant come from a later period. The main northern gate, for instance, was built in 1805.
 
Read more on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/06/thang-long-citadel-hanoi-vietnam/
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Peace Wall murals, Belfast, Northern Ireland
 
The most famous of the ‘peace walls’, as they’re now known, divides the Falls and Shankill Roads in the western part of Belfast. It runs for several kilometres and is interrupted at several junctions by enormous metal gates across roads. At the height of the troubles, these were used as security checkpoints. Today, some of them are still locked at night to control movement.
 
Along both sides of the wall these days are painted murals and they say a lot about where the sentiments of the communities currently are.
 
See more of my image here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/10/belfast-peace-wall-murals-n-ireland/
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Night photography in London, England
 
A photography tour through the landmarks of the capital at night - where it's all about the images and the techniques, with a little bit of sightseeing along the way!
 
Read my account of the tour here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/12/london-night-photography-tour/
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Flying High Bird Sanctuary, Childers, Queensland, Australia
 
This is the largest free flight aviary in Australia and has more than 3000 birds inside its netted enclosure. Most of the birds are Australian but there are also some exotic species from other continents. You can walk through the aviary and many of the birds will fly past you. Some of them are in cages for their own safety, though.
 
The sanctuary has expanded recently and there’s also an outside area with kangaroos, emus, a cassowary and even a Tasmanian devil. This is a great place for children with plenty to see and explore.
 
See more on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/03/things-to-do-childers-queensland-australia/
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Neighbourhoods of Hamburg, Germany
 
Just hours after arriving in Hamburg, I climb to the top of the city. One of its most prominent landmarks, St Michael’s Church, is 132 metres high and it’s from here that you get one of the best views across Hamburg in every direction.
 
Even from above, you can see how diverse the city is. There is no one single narrative that I can apply to Hamburg. It has old stories and new stories. Tales of tradition and tales of innovation. Nature and urbanity; debauchery and relaxation; water and land; local and international. It is so hard to describe Hamburg with any word other than ‘diverse’. And it’s from this viewpoint that you can see it all in the one 360 degree panorama.
 
Read more on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/10/neighbourhoods-of-hamburg-germany/
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Queen Charlotte Track, South Island, New Zealand
 
The path is well maintained and is easy to walk along – no major inclines and no need to watch underfoot all the time. You can look around and appreciate the surroundings. And all along the way are wonderful places to stop.
 
I make it as far as Umungata Bay, which is deserted when I arrive. Well, there are no people at least. There are plenty of birds around and they pay me little attention, except for a group of ducks that are probably used to hikers sharing a bit of their food.
 
http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2016/02/start-queen-charlotte-track-nz/
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Pranom Tapang's weaving village, Phrae, Thailand
 
Pranom Tapang has been recognised as one of the greatest weavers in Thailand for both her skill and her artistic vision. The Office of National Culture Commission has honoured her in the field of visual arts and in 2010 she was named as a National Artist. One of the reasons she is so respected in Thailand is that her fabric patterns are consistent with the social and environmental practices of the past. Her work is protecting the traditions of this region – particularly the Tin-Chok style.
 
http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/04/pranom-tapang-weaving-phrae-thailand/
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Tangier, Morocco
 
Looking up a hill, I wonder if this could be the one I’m looking for. Is there a crystal shop at the top? Somewhere here in the Moroccan city of Tangier, I’m hoping to find one.
 
Not that I actually want to buy any crystal, mind you. And not that I expect that the one I seek actually exists. But, in my head, this is the association I have with Tangier. Somewhere at the top of a hill is a crystal shop with an old man who has given up on his dreams, waiting out his days with a resignation void of inspiration.
 
It’s this reference to Paulo Coelho’s novel, The Alchemist, that I think of as I walk through the old medina of the city.
 
Read more of my story here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/03/tangier-morocco-writers-authors/
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Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesia
 
Just northwest of Merdeka Square is the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest place of Islamic worship in Southeast Asia. Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world and so this mosque is an extremely important site in the country.
 
The mosque can hold up to 200,000 people during the most important religious events of the year. Although it is not as ornately decorated as some other Islamic buildings around the world, the sheer size and subtle design is quite spectacular.
 
It is possible for tourists to visit the mosque. You’ll need to sign in at the entrance and will be given a short guided tour. Although this is offered for free, your guide will probably ask for a tip at the end.
 
See more on my blog: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2014/10/national-monument-jakarta-indonesia/
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Lets hope and pray. The god of the Hebrews. Brings it down on their heads...amen..see how beautiful it is then...remember that the same was said about Babylon...now nothing....amen
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Behold - a new project!
Today I'm launching the first two episodes of a new podcast called Journey on The Ghan. It's only seven short episodes and it takes you on the train ride from Darwin to Adelaide, with stops along the way.
Please have a listen and let me know what you think. This is a new style of storytelling I'll be using this year - short series of podcasts focused on particular journeys or themes.
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Are they on YouTube as I don't have iTunes or podthingies??!
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There's so much to see here and you should definitely put aside a few hours for a visit. The Old Royal Palace and St George's Basilica are both worth seeing but I think the highlight is St Vitus Cathedral. The views from here across the city are also stunning.
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This part of the Prague Castle complex feels a little touristy - probably because of the shops that are here. It also gets really crowded in the small alley during busy periods. I don't think you are missing anything if you skip this part.
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The area you can see is not enormous but it's a beautifully-maintained part of the castle. It was not my favourite part of the complex but it shouldn't be missed.
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Fantastic resort. Really comfortable rooms and friendly staff. The views are astounding but you've got good access to lots of interesting parts of the region.
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The basilica is quite small and it doesn't have a lot of decoration inside but there is something really beautiful about its austere design. It's peaceful and a lovely respite from the crowds outside.
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A stunning cathedral with so much to see inside. It can get crowded so it's best to try and visit outside of the tourist hours.
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Incredible views! The new wooden staircase makes getting to the top of the main viewpoint much easier. There are other places on the islands you can stop for different angles too.
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