Marco Polo Mansion – Rhodes

I booked this hotel in July for two nights in early September. The hotel is in the heart of the old town of Rhodes and isn’t accessible via motorised vehicles. I caught the airport bus to its terminus in the new town and then followed the signs for the old town. I had my mapContinue reading “Marco Polo Mansion – Rhodes”

Plitvice Lakes – 4

Extract from Julian’s Journeys Veliki Slap is 50 metres high and normally comprises 5 or 6 main streams of water that plummet over the Western edge of the Korana gorge. The walkways go to within 25 metres of the foot of the falls, but this is a windy spot and only about half the waterContinue reading “Plitvice Lakes – 4”

Trakai – 4

The town of Trakai has a lot of colourful wooden houses and most belong to the Kairim who practice a branch of Judaism. Their plain temple, called a Kenesa, is on the main street and is open for visitors. The Kairim are thought to be descended from another people called The Khazars, who lived betweenContinue reading “Trakai – 4”

Malta – 3

Large stones, salt and topsoil have all been postulated as the cargo. The stones might have been the ones used to build the megalithic temples found over the islands and therefore would have had the weight necessary to scrape such channels in the rock, though it is difficult to imagine stones weighing 50 tons beingContinue reading “Malta – 3”

Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 4

  Battersea Cat’s Home There’s a small museum dedicated to the history of the cat at this splendidly clean animal’s home near Battersea Power Station. Learn how cats were revered in Ancient Egypt and see statues of the cat goddess Bast. Visitors can see the cats playing in their recreation area and even have aContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 4”

Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 2

  St Martin’s in the Concrete London’s newest church and the one with the most honest name according to the vicar, the Rev Jim Probert. Built in 1972 near Blackfriars, the church has no stained glass and is deliberately plain as it’s designed for people who just want to pay a quick visit during theirContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – London – Part 2”

France – Nimes

Nimes is famous for its Roman sights including the Amphitheatre and the Maison Carree. There are others too in the Jardin de la Fontaine including The Temple of Diana and the symbol of Nimes, the Tour Magne. The Amphitheatre, called Les Arenes, is the most visited sight in the city. Although there are larger RomanContinue reading “France – Nimes”