Are you going to San Francisco?

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.

An African Adventure-Day 9

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 →

An African Adventure-Day 8

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 →

An African Adventure-Day 7

A glorious sunrise heralded the start of our full day in the Serengeti and we were eager to be off as early as possible. Maybe it was this haste to be off, or perhaps our relief at surviving the night despite the visiting hyenas, that made us forgetful of the golden rule of safari that... Continue Reading →

Trafalgar Day

A Celebratory Top Fifteen Facts for Trafalgar Day on the 21st October The 21st October is Trafalgar Day; a celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805, and the triumph of Admiral Horatio Nelson who lay dying as news of his victory was brought to him. The title of... Continue Reading →

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