- November 13, 2019
Travel Videos & Interviews
Dalyan, on the southwest coast of Turkey, is not a beach resort but an inland town that attracts visitors due to the impressive Kaunian rock-cut tombs.
These are the mighty remains of the ancient port city of Kaunos. It was founded in the tenth century BC, as a port city. With magnificent temple tombs cut high on the face of the rocky mountains ( to properly enjoy the sight, take a boat trip) you can drive to the highest point on the cliffs, which used to be a gateway to the city’s harbour. From here you see Dalyan River on one side and Suluklu Lake on the other.
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The Filipino province of Palawan consists of a string of islands that trickles down from the western part of the Philippines towards Malaysia. With 1,780 islands it offers those seeking an adventure holiday the opportunity to travel to places that few tourists see.
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Travel about 75 kilometres from Frankfurt is a south easterly direction and you will arrive in the Bavarian town of Miltenberg.
This charming town has a history that goes back to pre-Roman times and, originally, was just a narrow strip of land between the Main River and the Greinberg Mountain. Needless to say it flooded regularly but the town survived although it barely grew until centuries later when flood precaution measures were put into place.
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From the moment I arrived in Fez, Morocco’s second-largest city after Casablanca, I felt I had entered into a completely different history and culture.
Fez largely consists of two old medina quarters, Fes el Bali and Fes Jdid, and the modern section of Ville Nouvelle with its palm-tree-lined boulevards, built in the French colonial era.
The walled medina, with its bustling souks and old-world ambience, is the jewel of the city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best-preserved medinas in the world.
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In any city or importance and size like Frankfurt, there will always be a range of accommodation to suit every type and pocket. Finding one that provides a little bit more than a standard hotel normally offers takes some hunting. I am not talking about extra pillows or sheets made from the finest Egyptian cotton but ambience and history.
I was quite pleased when I booked into the luxurious Sofitel Frankfurt Opera and found links with probably the most famous German writer of all, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
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Marrakesh provides accommodation for all types of travellers. But for many visitors the lure of a traditional riad is what makes the city such a fascinating place to stay. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace which has survived the years and still retains its building around a courtyard or, is some cases, more than one. They have been refurbished over the years and now provide some of the best boutique accommodation you will find.
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My wife and I were flying to Ottawa to celebrate my son’s engagement. Despite my natural anxiety about preparing for the ceremony and the family visits, I was thinking about how a new country in North America had been established.
As the plane hovered over the eastern coast of Canada, I recalled how everything was started by Jacques Cartier, a French sailor from the seaport city of Saint Malo in Brittany. He sailed in 1534 with two ships to establish a stake in the New World. At the time European countries were involved in a frenetic race to make history and clone themselves in the glamorous New World. All wanted stakes. The news of the rich resources in the New World reached kings and queens, the rich and the powerful, sailors and warriors, opportunists and investors and all wanted a share.
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This castle is just twenty minutes away from the bustling financial capital of Germany, Frankfurt. But whereas Frankfurt seems new and commercially self-contained, the castle is a place from another era yet it is possible to easily visit the two in the same break.
Now a hotel, the Kronberg Castle took us back into the days of German royalty.
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