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Preparations for my great Indian Adventure (London)

Fast running out of time before my departure, I put aside my dilettante ways yesterday and revisited the Shri Swaminarayan temple in Neasden, North London. Recognised as the largest Hindu … Continue Reading →


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Iran 2010: Orient Star Travel

This is the report that I wrote on my return from Iran; it outlines some of the practicalities of organising a trip to this beautiful but controversial country. Single travelers … Continue Reading →


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Iran, March 2010

My friend Elisabeth Thoburn has already written extensively about last year’s trip to Iran on her expansive on-line travelogue and even allowed me to make a couple of contributions. However, … Continue Reading →


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Pakistan, 2007

A major setback in the plans for my forthcoming trip was discovering that current Indian visa regulations prohibit a detour to visit my friends in Pakistan. Elisabeth and I first … Continue Reading →


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India October/November 2006

The first of my post retirement trips was the fulfillment of a long held dream to travel to India with my dear friend Kundan. It was something we had talked … Continue Reading →