Leopards and Falaj in Oman

The Royal Geographical Society held a couple of events mid-week; the Shackleton photography exhibition and talks by Hadi Al Hikmani and Abdulaziz Al Huseini organised by Nigel Winser.

Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society

With a large crowd , including several Continue reading “Leopards and Falaj in Oman”

Old and New in London

With time to check-out the sights of London as well as listen to the talks at the RGO I wandered the streets.

St Bartholomew the Great Exquisite Pain Damien Hirst
St Bartholomew the Great Exquisite Pain Damien Hirst

In 900year old church of St Bartholomew the Great they Continue reading “Old and New in London”

Rome the end of the Frankincense Trail

South of Florence and, equally important for me, at the north-west terminus of the Frankincense Trail from Oman is Rome. We arrived into Rome on Italo Train’s excellent service.

Corner of the former Vicus Tuscus now San Teodoro
Corner of the former Vicus Tuscus now San Teodoro

After the Continue reading “Rome the end of the Frankincense Trail”

Michelangelo, Gucci in Florence

From Bologna an express train cuts under the Apennines to Florence.

Train through Bologna
Train through Bologna

The track is remarkably smooth and allows speeds of up to 300kmph Continue reading “Michelangelo, Gucci in Florence”

Two Towers of Bologna

Bologna turned out to be a gem, with a cohesive central area and kilometre after kilometre of arcades providing traffic free, all weather walks.

The Two Towers of Bologna-Garisenda and Asinelli Towers
The Two Towers of Bologna-Garisenda and Asinelli Towers

The central area is dominated by the Two Towers. The higher, Continue reading “Two Towers of Bologna”

David Bowie is…in Bologna

Flying Ryan Air in clear weather over Lago di Vernago in the Southern Tryol Alps took me into Bologna where the David Bowie retrospective is currently being shown. We flew over the Ötztal Alps where Fineilspitze mountain (left centre overlooking Lago di Vernago) was the location of the find of Ötzi the Iceman.

Flying over Lago di Vernago in the Alps to Bologna
Flying over Lago di Vernago in the Alps to Bologna

Though I had a ticket for the original 2103 launch Continue reading “David Bowie is…in Bologna”

7 Fantastic Beaches in Oman

Sub-Tropic Oman offers Beach Lovers soft-white sand, warm seas and perhaps best of all many will be deserted, until you arrive.

Bukha Beach
Bukha Beach

In the far north of the Sultanate the small town of Bukha  Continue reading “7 Fantastic Beaches in Oman”