Lisbon, Portugal

Posted Posted in Europe, Real World Travels

  I couldn’t believe my eyes when, a few days before I was planning to fly to Lisbon from Australia, I saw on Twitter that a freak hurricane was heading towards the Atlantic coast of Portugal and northern Spain, before heading to Ireland. Hurricane Ophelia was yet another in the series of devastating tropical storms […]

Preparing for Portugal

Posted Posted in Europe, Real World Travels

I despise packing and I loathe almost everything about air travel — the parched air, the smell of jet fuel, aeroplane food and air freshener, the cramped seats, and the hours that stretch into days as the animated plane on the screen flickers across the globe in tiny increments. What I don’t loathe is the […]

Sardinia, Italy

Posted Posted in Europe, Virtual Travel Tales

A mysterious letter arrived last week, redirected from the Embassy of Italy in Canberra. An elaborate typeface on cream parchment, and with no return address. It is unusual to receive a letter at all these days and I read the contents with increasing puzzlement. Dear Virtual Travellers, Your mission, should you choose to accept it: […]

Baku, Azerbaijan

Posted Posted in Asia, Europe, Virtual Travel Tales

  Today feels like a real adventure. A journey into a land of fire and oil, mountains and mud. While not necessarily a recommended destination for journalists, Azerbaijan is certainly a fascinating place for travellers. And virtual travel, of course, just makes it easier to get around. A former Soviet republic, Azerbaijan is bounded by four […]

Valletta, Malta

Posted Posted in Europe, Virtual Travel Tales

Leroy’s niece Celestine turned 16 yesterday and, to celebrate, we’ve whisked her away to Malta today, along with the rest of her immediate family. Leroy’s sister Stephanie and her youngest son Valentin came with us to Estonia earlier this year, but the rest of the family hadn’t travelled outside French Guiana before, virtually or otherwise. […]

Austria

Posted Posted in Europe, Virtual Travel Tales

It’s been 23 years since I was last in Austria but, since I didn’t come to the university city of Graz as a backpacker, I can’t tell you if it has changed much in that time. Although I’m pretty certain there wouldn’t have been many, if any, excellent minimalist coffee dispensaries then. Leroy and I […]