It’s possibly the oldest piece of writerly advice: write every day. If you want to be a great writer, you need to write every day, right? Just like if you want to be good at anything, you need to do it every day. Except for when you don’t. Let’s explore the positives and negatives of […]
Israel, that ancient and mysterious land, a name, a word so evocative, a place like no other, with the vast waters of the Mediterranean on one side, and a whole host of powerful Arab nations surrounding on all other sides, has been a strong and fascinating country for me to explore… and another key destination […]
Writer and Photographer James Dee Clayton travels across Morocco, into the lives of its many and varied people, deep into the tallest dunes of the Sahara Desert.
Mabry Campbell captures the peace and serenity of the fishing pier at Texas City Dike.
Machu Picchu, 2012 Trip – Like many other tourist I was drawn to the breath taking scenery of the Andes and the ancient Ruins @ 7,972 feet high. The best way to reach Machu Picchu is by walking the Inca Trail; a faster way ( if limmited by time like I was ) is by taking the Andes train from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo ( Aguas Calientes ). The majority of the tourist activities involve exploring archaeological sites, the most popular being the Inca Trail. Most hikers leave from the outskirts of Cusco and descend stone steps to the trail, which passes thru various ancient sites, culminating at the zenith, Matchu Picchu.
I was lucky to do some shopping in Cusco and in Lima before my departure; browsing at the local markets at Alpaca sweaters, Andean hats, ponchos, pan flutes and Indian crafts like figurines and much more.
Thou its been a few years now, I still can’t quite describe the feeling of wow while visiting this amazing place. In short – Majestic!
My Travel – Peru 2012
Istanbul – Istanbul in 4 Days ( Nov 2017 ) – Has left me wanting more.
Historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.
With a good planning and a little bit of luck I had the pleasure to visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia,Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and a few other attractions like Galata Bridge. The rest of the attractions will have to be visited in the near future.
Turkish cuisine is very diverse and world renowned, so naturally I had to stop at many local stalls, cafes and restaurants to taste some of the best foods. Some of the top things to try: A Turkish breakfast, Menemen (Turkish style omelet), Baklava, Kebap, and many more delights.
With a blink of an eye 4 days were gone just like that and it was time to leave this very busy city, till next time.
Last November I had the opportunity to visit Tunis – Capital and the largest city in Tunisia. Arrival at the airport late in the evening was not my favourite part, but with no Arabic & French language I had to figure out how to get to my hostel with the little English communication I received from locals. Thanks to my maps.me app I was able to find my Hostel thru the hidden streets of the souks.
The next day I was brave enough to explore the area, and shopping in the souk was the main focus. The souks of Tunis are a set of shops and boutiques located in the medina of Tunis, capital of Tunisia. Most of the souks were built under the Hafsid dynasty in the 13th century and near the Al-Zaytuna Mosque. They are organized in several streets and alleys.
One day I hope to return to this country to explore the mountains, the lakes and much more this country has to offer. For now satisfied with all my shopping I was ready to return to Malta the next morning.
Explore Gozo & Malta with World Champion Freediver, Jasper Stechmann & Team
I have been very fortunate to meet & stay with these telented people in Malta.
INNERDIVE ltd. was founded back in 2008 by FREEDIVING world champion Jasper Stechmann.
Since than INNERDIVE has grown into a world leading FREEDIVING & SNORKELING centre.
Anja Senn, FREEDIVING instructor, Stress coach and Mindfulness instructor joined the team with Luke Cassar the local guide, FREEDIVING/spearfishing instructor and Meditian expert. Together they form the core of tem INNERDIVE.
WHAT IS FREEDIVING? Easy, Relaxing, Fun
Imagine a brething technique and state of mind that allows you to relax and hold
your breath for minutes! Explore your innate capabilities and the underwater world deeper than ever before.
With step by step teching methods, INNERDIVE certifies 100’s of new freedivers every year. More than 20 years of teching experince, they tech all levels from beginign to instructor.
I myself haven’t tired it yet, but hope to very soon.
CAN ANYONE TRY IT ?
YES! combining modern science with yoga, meditation and the experince of world champions with pioneers, INNERDIVE offers awesome learning methods and techniques for one to dive longer, deeper and safer.
Many time a week clients come to practice the techniques and achive new goals.
Catching your own food is a thirlling experince. Join Luca the local expert and learn the secret of spearfishing the Mediterranean.
Luca provides you with the equipment you need as well will tech you breathholding, fish identification and spearfishing techniques.
Feeling safe in key to any adventure in the sea. The team offers beginners to advanced courses – and organize tours and safaris.
It’s been a while since I have been snorkeling myself, so it was a great experience to go out in the Bay and see all the amazing fish in the water.
You can find more info on their Facebook page or http://www.innerdivemalta.com/
Marsalforn is on today’s menu for quick afternoon trip.
It’s a village on the north coast of Gozo, lies between the hill-tops of Xaghra and Zebbug.
Marsalforn Bay, the most popular resort on the Island. A beach of sand and small pebbles is backed by a promenade which runs right around the head of the day, providing a pleasant place to stroll at all times of the year and a traditional summer evening gathering place for local families and tourists.
What really brings me here today are actually the Salt Pans.
Sea – salt production has a long history on the island of Gozo. The rock-cut saltpans protruding into the sea have their origin from the times of the Romans, who converted the unsalted pans into square constructions and furnished them with an irrigation system. Today, a number of families in Gozo still uses the natural way of salt production to produce this commodity. The salt pans are filled with sea water. When the water is evaporated in the bowls, the film of salt is harvested. Salt production takes place between May and September.
Aside from visiting the Salt Pans, one can relax and enjoy the beautiful salt celery all around.
With plenty of restaurants, cafe stops and much more it’s definitely a place I would mind coming back to some day again.
In the world’s audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeam and the stars of midnight.
Thus my songs share their seats in the heart of the world with the music of the clouds and forests.
But, you man of riches, your wealth has no part in the mellow gleam of the musing moon 🌙.
The blessing of the all embracing sky is not shed upon it.
And when death appears, it pales and withers and crumbles into dust.
Poems from The Gardener