So that was how we came to be coming into land at San Francisco Airport (SFO) to a city that we had been told demanded at least but no less than a quarter of our entire holiday, and as always it was the grand scale of America stretched out below that strikes you first. Five years previously it had been Las Vegas; toy- like and oddly out of place in a vast sandy expanse like a travelling fair long past its heyday pulled up in the corner of an isolated field in the openness of the countryside. With San Francisco it was the multiplies necessitated by the scale; the cars, lanes on freeways, expanses of water, tiers of housing and the mountains, all bedecked with a cloud filled sky dulled and scented by the forest fires that burnt out of control to the north of the city.
(Of course, there will always be more to say, so please add your comments and thoughts below) We love skiing, we went for the first time in 2006 and have never looked back. I remember stepping out of the coach halfway through a three-and-a-half-hour transfer from Toulouse to Arinsal in Andorra to see the... Continue Reading →
After our last night under canvas we were dropped off at Arusha airport for an afternoon flight to Zanzibar. We sat down to coffee, our luggage piled up in the departure lounge, and then found that you exited the building when you went to the toilet. Looking back, I’m sure it wasn’t as informal, relaxed... Continue Reading →
Into the crater… The Ngorongoro crater stretched out below us as we began our descent into its bowl in smaller four-wheel drive vehicles; far more suited than the truck for the steep drop down through the heavily forested rim to the crater floor. The statistics of the crater are as staggering as the views: up... Continue Reading →
After a night time visit from the hyenas, and a wakeup call from the zebras grazing their way through the campsite, it was time to say a slow goodbye to the Serengeti as we travelled onwards to the Ngorongoro Crater our next destination. Given its vast size and the state of the tracks, leaving the... Continue Reading →