Tag Archives: fishing boats

It’s mesmerising: sitting in a rustic wooden boat, gliding across pristine emerald waters through a jaw-dropping karst landscape while listening to the gentle splash of the rhythmic rowing. The tops of the mountains are shrouded in cloud as a gentle rain falls. Bai Tu Long Bay in North Vietnam was designated a National Park in 2001. It adjoins the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Halong Bay […]

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One of the nicest things about going to sleep on the water is waking up on it. I love waking up on a boat, well away from ‘civilisation’ in the middle of ‘nowhere’ – provided there is coffee! It was the morning of our second day on a beautifully fitted-out oak- and teak-finished Chinese-style junk, […]

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When travelling in search of natural phenomena, luck is everything. My husband and I visited Iceland last March for a three-day visit. We were already going to be in England during the northern winter, so when I saw the package “deals” to see the Northern Lights and to go Whale Watching on the North Atlantic, I couldn’t resist. Of course, […]

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There are some scenes so iconic that they could take place nowhere else. So it is with the leg-rowing fishermen of Inle Lake in the Shan Hills of Myanmar. They are so uniquely Burmese that images of these men – standing on the sterns of their boats with one leg wrapped around an oar – often feature in travel advertising and […]

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It seems like half the North Americans I have ever met have at least a drop or two Irish in them! Not surprising, I suppose, in view of the continued growth of the Irish diaspora.  Three million people outside Ireland  (a country of less than 5 million internal residents) have legal claim to citizenship, and between 80 and 100 million more have […]

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