Fifty countries and many reasons to travel
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Today we often want to take time out to recreate ourselves, or to see how the other half lives. Unfortunately the world is becoming smaller as we communicate and travel with greater ease than ever before.
Our information is a summary of the countries listed with note of health, safety and places you should not go without specialist knowledge and local contacts.
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A day trip from Mumbai
Shiva and Shakti
For anyone visiting Mumbai who has an interest in historic Indian culture and spiritualty, a trip across to Elephanta Island is an excellent day trip. But if you are to take in the fullness of what the island has to offer, an overnight stay may be worthwhile.
There is a regular ferry service from the Mumbai waterfront (by the Gateway of India). The ferry takes about an hour, but there is […]
A celebration of life
India was stripped of its wealth and world status by the British who also did their utmost to destroy Indian culture. They succeeded to a large extent that they are the cause of a great deal of suffering in India today.
However I do not want to lament this fact. Rather, I would like to point out that before the British, India never really suffered from capitalism, a system based on exploitation. Indian […]
The First Nation Australians Yothu Yindi- “Tribal Voice” Purchase at http://www.yothuyindi.com/
No one knows for sure how long the Australian aboriginal people or first nation Australians have lived on the continent. Some say more than 60,000 years and those who are more sceptical say 30,000 but there is no way of knowing for sure because there is no certainty as to where the rest of us all came from and the general out of Africa theory has sprung many leaks […]
The big grey
Auckland’s 328 metre high Sky Tower
A peculiarity of Auckland city is that it’s so often overcast, not particularly cold, just that the sky is dull and given to drizzle and light rain. Actually in wintertime the beaches and outdoor recreation areas are far less crowded so don’t be put off getting out for some fresh air.
The city itself is all about cars, shopping and eating. It’s about cars because you need a car to […]
Activities for the young at heart include:
Free Stuff There are many parks including Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens in the city centre where kids can feed the ducks and there is play equipment and a paddling pool (in summer). Parents can sit back, relax and watch the children play.
Nearby in the Canterbury Museum there is a natural history centre for children with many weird and wonderful things to for them explore.
Skateboard at Washington Way Reserve, corner […]
Paris especially is called the city of love and yet when it comes to romance, the Parisien’s are described as being the unhappiest in the world.
The French have always been renowned for their relaxed attitude towards sex, and infidelity in relationships is so commonplace that no one takes any notice. Even the president and public officials make public appearances with their consorts present.
Prostitution in France is legal although it is illegal to advertise […]
A challenging day trip
Up on the Prabal plateau in the Western Ghats between Matheran and Panvel Prabalgad is Prabalgad fort and lookout tower. It’s also known as Kalavantin Durg or Kalavantin’s Fort, and it’s only 40 kms from Mumbai. On clear days it can be seen from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
The fort is thought to have been built around the time of Buddha; approximately 600 BC for a queen named Kalavantin whose story has been lost. The spire […]
A world heritage site
The Tag Mahal from below the red fort
One of the seven wonders of the world the Taj Mahal is renowned for its aesthetic beauty and the romantic idea that Sha Jahan created this as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz-Al-Zamani.
Mumtaz, the lady in question was one of Sha Jahan’s many wives. According to documents, Sha Jahan killed her husband and then took her as his wife. Mumtaz later died during the delivery […]
A nation founded on spiritual principals
Since the earthquake that has caused severe damage over much of Nepal tourist services are back up and running. Kathmandu and the infrastructure is a mess, but you can still go and enjoy the mountains. In the south of Nepal, Chitwan National Park is open for business as usual. So please go there and support a nation still in mourning with the loss of as many as 10,000 lives.
The earthquake is the worst […]
Davey Crockett and a Wild Country
Nashville By Lifeis
For one unfamiliar with the USA, the name Tennessee is more likely resonate with Davy Crockett and great artists like Tennessee Williams, or the mournful country-western music and moonshine. Then there’s that old song Chattanooga Choo Choo. An inland state, Tennessee borders Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri which means it’s easy to get to from almost anywhere.
Tennessee’s capital and second largest city is Nashville and […]