Whether it’s your first trip to Barcelona or your fifth, here are a few suggestions – basic and bonus.
A quarter of a century ago Prague, throwing off its socialist past, was a little known city; today it attracts some 4 million tourists a year. In 1992, the Olga Havel Foundation was a newly formed organisation designed to help disabled, abandoned and discriminated people in their integration into Czech society.Twenty-five years later it continues its work and its yearly fund- raising marathon is a fixture.
If you watch the Netflix drama, The Crown, you will be enchanted by the game-viewing visit the then Princess Elizabeth and her young husband make to Treetops in Kenya. Treetops has undergone many transformations since then; this is what it was like in the ’80s.
There are two types of travel writers; one kind happily crosses a desert in a model-A Ford, braving heat, thirst and hostile locals. I am the other kind. I like places that are easy- to- reach, comfortable when I get there, and that offer a few off-beat attractions for me to discover. In short, the kind of thing most people look for when choosing a holiday.
This website offers reports on places I’ve enjoyed exploring. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing through them, comparing your experiences with mine or getting ideas for your next visit.
Maryalicia has been travelling since she was allowed to cross streets by herself (what was her mother thinking!) She lived by the shore in Brooklyn, NY, in those simple days, a long time ago now. With her little sister as a willing companion, she would set out with a small bag: a map, plasters in case of heel blisters, some chocolate and a notepad and pen. She’d walk until she got tired -or her sister did -stopping from time to time to rest and record what she’d seen. Many years were to pass before Maryalicia would be paid to travel. She was a copywriter first – on Madison Avenue in the ‘madmen’ days – wrote a children’s book (Horse in the House), became a journalist, then a medical editor.
She married her childhood sweetheart and they moved to Ireland. When he died, after 30 happy years and a lot of travelling together, Maryalicia knew her hardest journey would be learning to live without him. Her book about the first year after his death, After You, was published a few years later by Souvenir Press, London.
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What next? Time to start travelling again, still with her notepad and pen. Her notes turned into articles and the articles developed into a long career as a travel writer. She hopes to continue until she’s too old to cross streets by herself.. Though even then…….
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