Located 277 kilometres southwest of Perth, Margaret River is a gem waiting to be uncovered in the sands of Western Australia.
Mounted on the smaller section of the Playa Pilar Beach, the hotel is directly adjacent to a national park that sports a protected area of towering vegetation-covered dunes… and a beach that is one of the more spectacular in the Caribbean.
I am sitting next to Bou Meng, a lean man in his 70s, who had the unique, rare fate of escaping being murdered in the Khmer Rouge S-21 prison camp in Phnom Penh.
Giant crystal tasting balloons are brought to your table with great pomp and ceremony, encased in a smoke-filled glass dome that is removed extravagantly. It’s almost comical, but don’t laugh. Drinking elite rum here is a serious business.
It’s hot and sensuous in Cuba, but the climate is changing. Tourists are arriving in droves to taste the authentic Cuban passion for life… before the Americans arrive.
There, in the shadows of a building that dated back to the Soviet occupation, by the look of it, she smoked as I sipped beer. But chatting about our day of exploring the city, we weren’t expecting the slice of Budapest life that was about to unfold.
And we would have missed it completely if our accommodation plans had worked out as intended.
I’ve embarked on diving excursions in the Galapagos Islands, Cuba, and Mexico, but the Great Barrier Reef boasts the most colourful coral I’ve seen anywhere, and a host of reef life, including sea turtles, minke whales, dolphins and clownfish, not to mention a 7-foot whitetip shark who, “checked me out”…
Making our way to Edinburgh, we mounted Castlehill and crossed the large forecourt of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Our destination? Canada!
A tribute to Paris, and the romantic metaphors that remain as a reminder of hope.
Hunyadi Castle, in Eastern Transylvania, is the major sight in the town of Hunedoara, which is studded with abandoned factories that date back to the Ceausescu era of the 1970s and 80s. Hunyadi’s origins echo 15th century masonry, and Vlad Tepes, it is suspected, might have been imprisoned within its walls at one time.