Tangier, on the northern coast of Morocco. This is my second time coming here and the second on a day-trip. The whole concept seemed a bit weird (a day trip to Africa?) before my first visit in 2009, but a fairly quick ferry from Tarifa in Spain is all that’s required. Travel tip: to make the most of the day, get the direct ferry from Tarifa to Tangier; if you go from Algeciras you’ll arrive in Tangier Med port which is about 25 miles (40km) away. Travel tip 2: you get your Moroccan entry stamp in your passport on the
I have had an amazing week island-hopping and visiting some pretty unique places in Shetland, the group of islands (about 300 of them!) at the top of the UK. The whole visit was planned to be epic, starting with the journey there, taking 24 hours. Yes, the train took the strain, with an early start at King’s Cross in London for a trip up the East Coast main line. The great views across to the North Sea from the track in northern England were the best part of this part of the journey. After changing at Edinburgh, the wonderful Scottish
I was pleased to be able to spend a few days in Istanbul, Turkey this week. This city, often described as spanning two continents, lives up to its name with the influence of so many cultures on show. On this blog post I’m going to let the images do most of the talking but just to mention: The mosques: what a city in which to make my first visit inside one of these grand buildings. There is a wealth of history behind the mosques in Istanbul and plenty of guidance to make the most of a visit here. Visiting tip:
Gibraltar is one of my favourite places and I couldn’t help but take the opportunity to go back there again this year. This is a quick post because I just wanted to share with you the surreal, fantastic sight of Santa on a cherry picker sorting out the lights himself. Great to see the task not being delegated.
It’s great to be back in Switzerland, specifically Geneva which is a big focal point for the science community, with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN having generated so much interest recently. It’s a relatively well-known fact that the big underground loop of the LHC crosses international borders; the buildings above the surface are a real cross-border effort too. On that subject, it’s interesting to see that since my last visit in the summer of 2008, Switzerland has joined the Schengen zone so moving in and out of the country is friction-free. As well as re-discovering the city –
It was great to visit Rotterdam this week – the Netherlands’ second city. This was pretty much a day trip but thanks to its close proximity to the UK and the speed of Eurotunnel it’s possible to squeeze a nice long day trip from it. I’m pleased I found the time to ascend the Euromast – the views from there across the city were really striking. I must also mention the photos in the tourist information office showing the extent of the damage done in World War II and snapshots of the rebuilding efforts over the years. It was quite