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Istanbul: Sultanahmet, Topkapi, Cistern

Istanbul: Sultanahmet, Topkapi, Cistern

As my very first – and very short – trip to Istanbul perfectly illustrated, you can claim reasonable familiarity with the main sights of Istanbul by spending just a few hours in or around the Sultanahmet area. There is a high concentration of prime points of interest in Sultanahmet, which…

A few more from Sardinia

A few coastal pictures from Sardinia

Coastlines and beaches are Sardinia’s most impressive features. We explored the western coast fairly extensively, going to different beaches, taking scenic drives, and also spending large parts of two separate days on boating expeditions. The first of those took us along the coast between Bosa and Alghero, the subregion known…

Impressions of Cagliari

Impressions of Cagliari

Not without interest. This is my usual polite way to indicate that the town in question may have a few interesting features but in no way rises to the “must-see” category. If you are in the area, you probably should visit, but don’t lose sleep over not being able to…

Murals of San Gavino, Sardinia

Murals of San Gavino, Sardinia

San Gavino Monreale was specifically targeted on our Sardinian itinerary for its murals. It is one of the more frequently recommended mural villages on the island, for us very conveniently located just a few kilometers away from the base in Sardara. Unlike in Tinnura, where all major decorations are clustered…

Oristano, Sardinia

Oristano, Sardinia

As is often the case with larger – if not large in the absolute sense – towns, the provincial capital of Oristano has a relatively lively compact historic center and little of note beyond that. In fact, even in that central area, the small details – from the sundial clock…

Sardara, Sardinia

Sardara, Sardinia

Sardara is almost certain not to feature on Sardinian itineraries – its name did not come up even once in all of my pre-trip research of “things to see and do in Sardinia”. Its location, however, is rather convenient for the hub-and-spokes touring approach in the south of the island,…

Castelsardo, Sardinia

Castelsardo, Sardinia

Castelsardo, like Bosa, is one of the most colorful and attractive towns in Sardinia (and a fellow member of I Borghi più Belli d’Italia). Its relatively isolated location on the northwestern coast did not lend itself to a planned visit in our original itinerary, but the cancellation of Corsica plans…

Murals of Tinnura, Sardinia

Murals of Tinnura, Sardinia

Murals are a veritable feature of Sardinia. A quick online search yields a number of destinations on the island known for their extensive portfolios of wall decorations. We even had one of those villages specifically marked on our itinerary. But although Tinnura does get a mention on a couple of…

Alghero, Sardinia

Alghero, Sardinia

Alghero is among the better-known destinations in Sardinia, a walled town with strong Catalan heritage. Here is the first view of it from the northbound coastal approach. Somewhat curiously, it failed to blow us away. I suspect mostly it was due to the expectation that a larger town needs to…

Bosa, Sardinia

Bosa, Sardinia

I love vivid colors, both in nature and in architecture. While the great cities of the world usually awe us with their amazing edifices (and just an occasional splash of color), the smaller towns are more likely to be called pretty because of the hues in their palette. And I…

A few more from Scotland

A few more from Scotland

I trust that I well established in these pages that a trip to Scotland is never about just whisky for me. The itinerary may be defined by the distillery locations, but points in between also get a modicum of attention. Herewith is a small array of depictions of such points.…

WH chase: Another fragment of Antonine’s Wall

WH chase: Another fragment of Antonine’s Wall

I already mark the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site as visited (#73 on my list) on the strength of the brief stop in 2015. Considering that the inscription lists 414 locations, a passing look at a single one clearly stretches the definition of “visited”. Improvements are welcome.…

Edinburgh, again

Edinburgh, again

On my third visit to Edinburgh, a full day exploring the wonderful city center was the least I had to set aside, including several landmark visits and a large walkabout circuit. The skies were dreary in the morning, turned cloudy blue for a short time midday, and then reverted to…

A few more from Orkney

Impressions of Orkney

With World Heritage exploits on top of two unmissable distillery visits, the day we spent on Mainland Orkney had more designated activities than any other day of the trip. In between those, taking advantage of a relatively bright day, I caught a few nice perspectives around the island. Probably the…

Chasing World Heritage: #167 (Neolithic Orkney)

Chasing World Heritage: #166 (Neolithic Orkney)

While in Orkney on the recent trip, we mixed a history-seeking outing into our scotch-centric itinerary. A group of monuments known as the “Heart of Neolithic Orkney” offers a remarkable record of life on this remote archipelago that dates back 5,000 years. Of the four locations, two can be visited…

Skye, barely photographed

Skye, barely photographed

Multiple travel quarters mark the island of Skye as one of the most impressive destinations in the country that sets a pretty high bar when it comes to magnificent landscapes. Since our whisky trips are never about just scotch – or so I’d like to believe – I was very…

Around scotch distilleries (2023 edition)

Around scotch distilleries (2023 edition)

As previously mentioned, the recently concluded trip was larger in scope and time than its predecessors – we visited 20 distilleries over the course of a week-plus, of which 15 were first-time visits. Following my traditional approach, I will start the series of trip retrospections with a quick round of…

A few crosc and road shots

A few crocs and road shots

Whenever we venture outside of the major urban centers on our travels, I drive. Not having to depend on strangers for transportation and enjoying the unconstrained ability to stop and explore something of interest along the way are a couple of reasons that always tip the scales toward getting behind…