Cape2Rio 2017 – An Unplanned Adventure

As I stared at my computer screen, I could feel my heart miss a beat. The speed, when I clicked on the magenta triangle, read 0.52 knots. All the other little triangles, representing… Continue reading

In Search of Al-Andalus: Granada

I merge with the throng of bodies, and allow the surge of movement to direct my first tentative exploration of Granada. Soon I find myself at the bottom of the hill on which the… Continue reading

In Search of Al-Andalus: Córdoba

“Life, if you know how to use it, is long enough.” – Seneca – Layers and layers of history have rendered Córdoba’s streets crooked, narrow, and full of intrigue and mystery. According to the… Continue reading

Places To Stay: Lúa do Miño – Camposancos, Rias Baixas, Spain

Name:  Lúa do Miño Location:  Located in the tiny village of Camposancos, where the river Miño that divides Spain and Portugal, flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Description:  The apartment is located at the… Continue reading

The Way We Walk

Sitting quietly on the edge of the plaza in front of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I allow my heart to expand as my eyes roam over the crowds. Big tour… Continue reading

Galicia – A Glimpse of Green Spain

Most people were talking what sounds to the untrained ear like a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish – the harder, rawer edges of Castilian rounded off by the smooth, musical tones of Portuguese.… Continue reading

Gone Walking

Part of the mystery of walking is that the destination is inside us and we really don’t know when we arrive until we arrive. – John Francis –  UAE summers sit heavy on… Continue reading

Shades of Gold

“This is the ultimate in decadence.” I grin at my husband, while licking away a 24 carat gold flake from my upper lip. “To be quite honest, I am slightly embarrassed by this.” I confess. He… Continue reading

A Place of Worship

Now, in the middle of Ramadan, the summer heat, haze, and dust effectively erase the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque from the horizon, where, on a clear day, I can see its four 350… Continue reading

Time Travel Korea

Stepping over the threshold of the Korean Cultural Centre in Abu Dhabi, is like stepping into the warm embrace of familiarity and memory. In an instant it is, once again, 26 December 1999.… Continue reading