• Four Days in Valli Giudicarie, Trentino, Italy

    Most visitors to Italy make a beeline for the celebrity places, and I must admit …

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  • 28 Top Things To See and Do in Uganda

    Uganda! A country of rolling green hills, misty valleys and craggy mountains. Where lions stalk …

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  • An Unhelpful Guide to… New York & The Rockaways

    If you’ve read my Unhelpful Guide to Boston (and if you haven’t, why …

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  • Glamping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

    As a travel destination Morocco just about has it all: beaches, mountains, deserts, vibrant cities, …

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  • 19 Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

    It’s fair to say that my absolute favourite type of photography is wildlife photography.  …

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  • 13 Top Tips for Taking Photos of Markets

    I’ve photographed markets from Cuba to Myanmar, and from Tanzania to Hungary, and I …

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  • Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale, Uganda

    The 42-year-old chimpanzee lounges lazily on the branch, eyeing us congenially. Far from being bothered …

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  • Trek Nyiragongo: the World’s Largest Lava Lake

    Imagine a place straight out of fantasy and mythology: a portal to the centre of …

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  • Base Camp | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 6

    Base Camp | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 6

    This is the sixth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Five is here. I woke well before the morning wake-up call on Day Six to a weird feeling in my face.  I …
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    The Terrifying Barranco Wall | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 5

    The Terrifying Barranco Wall | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 5

    This is the fifth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, here’s Day Four or start from the beginning with Day 1 – Getting Started. Today I’ll talk about the dreaded Barranco Wall. How …
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    Lava Tower | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 4

    Lava Tower | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 4

    This is the fourth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it click this link to go to Day 3 – Shira Plateau.  Today I’ll talk about the walk up to the Lava Tower. Altitude…
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    Shira Plateau | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 3

    Shira Plateau | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 3

    This is the third part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Two is here. As dawn broke on day three, and with barely a cloud in the sky, we got our first proper look at where we …
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    The Forest Zone | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 2

    The Forest Zone | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 2

    This is the second part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day One is here. It’s not something that had occurred to me before starting, but the nights on the mountain are LOOOONG.  The sun set at …
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    First Day | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 1

    First Day | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 1

    For several years I had talked occasionally about how ‘One Day’ I would climb Kilimanjaro.  It was one of those challenges that sounded like it might be a Good Thing to do (in a totally bonkers-painful, crazy-yet-hopefully-rewarding kind of way) but for a long time looked like it would be …
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    Taking Portraits in Myanmar (Burma)

    Taking Portraits in Myanmar (Burma)

    One of the things they say about Myanmar is that the people are really friendly.  Actually they say that about a lot of places – and sometimes it’s true.  But it tends to be only true in parts.  In most places people will be people: some are friendly, some are&…
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    How To Row With Your Feet

    How To Row With Your Feet

    If you’ve seen photos of Myanmar, or been there, chances are you’ll recognise these guys. They’re the Intha fishermen of Inle Lake, in the centre of the country, and they’re probably the most iconic representation of the country and its people. The best time to see …
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    Inside Myanmar’s Monasteries

    Inside Myanmar’s Monasteries

    In my previous post about Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, I noted how photogenic they are.  With their shaven heads, red robes, and peaceful expressions, they have this amazing ability to step into a location, no matter how dull or ugly, and transform it into an eye-catching scene. You see them …
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    Red Robes And Ringtones

    Red Robes And Ringtones

    One of the things you can’t fail to notice when you travel around Myanmar is the large numbers of Buddhist monks. They’re everywhere, going quietly about their business, and in their red robes with their shaven heads they’re impossibly picturesque and photogenic, especially against all that beautiful …
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    Iceland’s falls and springs

    Iceland’s falls and springs

    Iceland is famous for being, well… icy.  Clue’s in the title, after all!  Snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, whirling blizzards, ancient glaciers… when it comes to the white stuff, Iceland’s got it covered.  Literally! But when all that H2O isn’t busy being frozen, Iceland has two other …
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    Sneaker Waves and Black Sand Beaches in Iceland

    Sneaker Waves and Black Sand Beaches in Iceland

    It might not come as much of a surprise to learn that Iceland was one of the last places in Europe to be inhabited by humans.   Early settlers would have had to navigate the treacherous North Atlantic Ocean in little wooden boats, and many would have died or given up …
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    How To Take Great Photos Of The Northern Lights

    How To Take Great Photos Of The Northern Lights

    Viewing the Northern Lights is on many people’s bucket lists.  To be honest, it wasn’t really on mine. I certainly wouldn’t have made a special trip to Iceland just to see them, that’s for sure.  But since I was there for work anyway, and had the …
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    A Hike on the Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Iceland

    A Hike on the Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Iceland

    This is the Svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland.  Have fun trying to pronounce that!  In Icelandic, ‘ll’ is pronounced something like tl, with a flattened tongue and a click in the back of the throat.  So I guess you’d say ‘SVEEN-a-FETLS-yok-utl.  Or just start confidently with ‘Sveen’ and …
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