Monthly Archives: June 2014

51 years between them

So it’s official. Naftali, Gilad and Eyal, the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped just outside Hebron, West Bank, have been found dead. They barely had 51 years of age between all of them. It also seems that they had been killed … Continue reading

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The world from above – Putorana Plateau, Siberia

Siberia is one of those places we simply forget about. We fly above it en route to Asia with our window shades rigorously lowered and if we ever look at it it’s just for seconds, enough to think “Shit, isn’t it … Continue reading

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Overlooked places – Moda, Istanbul’s Asian side

“Çai tea Çai tea…” the litany resounds from aisle to aisle in the open deck of the ship, echoed above by the tremulous shrieks of seagulls trailing in our wake. The ferry waiter, immaculate in his white shirt and blue … Continue reading

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Beyoglu: on the trail of Istanbul’s revolts

Intrigued by my enthusiastic reviews, my boss and his partner visited Istanbul earlier this May and, as it often happens when visiting a new place whose non written rules and behaviour are unknown to us, they merrily walked straight into … Continue reading

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Songs for the road No. 1

Are you one of those people who cannot stop from humming a tune whilst en route, or that associate a record to a particular trip? Then you’re not alone! These are the albums I’m listening to while travelling these days, … Continue reading

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“The Bang Bang Club”, by G. Marinovich & J. Silva, Arrow

Travel literature, in my humble opinion, is quite a large category. At the end of the day most travel books are about someone – the writer, usually – arriving somewhere and doing something. And, if this approach is to be … Continue reading

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Backbone of the city: a praise for Istanbul’s ferries

Istanbul lies in probably the best geographical location in the whole world; its strategic importance might not be as prime as it used to be when the Byzantine Emperors used to run the shop, but its looks are still as … Continue reading

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Four years amongst the Londoners and dreading it.

There are some routine comments that we all are subject to when meeting someone new for the first time. Mine, when I get new acquantancies abroad and I mention London as my base, is “Oh, how lucky you are”. An … Continue reading

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Eminönü: Istanbul’s downtown inner city

The bartering is going on furiously. I don’t speak a word of Turkish – my pathetic exercises to learn at least “hello”, “thanks” and “no” have ended up in utter failure, but the gestures, the tones, the body talking is … Continue reading

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The world from above: London, UK

I live in London, which means that I happen to fly in or out of London between 30 and 50 times a year. Sometimes I’m sat in an aisle seat, sometimes I’m one of those unlucky sods that happen to … Continue reading

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