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Design Lessons: Hotel Rooms

A humble (or not so humble) hotel room may succeed in delivering a satisfactory service to the user, but it may also fail dramatically to do so. These failures suggest that the “designer” either hasn’t thought about the user at … Continue reading

Saturday, September 19, 2020 in Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Blast from the Past

With my friends Bob Kiss and John Birch both busy resurrecting old photographs with new software, I thought I would have a go. To give it a real challenge, I went back to my shots from the original 2003 Barbados … Continue reading

Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Barbados, Photography, Travel

Raising the Bar…

Assuming that we all get back to travelling, it looks like I have seriously raised the bar on my own travel photography. Not only did we get to shoot at one of the same locations as Seven Worlds, One Planet, … Continue reading

Friday, May 15, 2020 in Namibia Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A European Visitor’s Guide to Hawaii

Sunbathing, service, costs and chickens! Hawaii is a great place to visit, but based on our recent experience some things may come as a surprise to European visitors, used to comparable destinations in Europe, the Caribbean or mainland USA. For … Continue reading

Monday, November 25, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Amusing Pineapples, Hilarious Beach Blanket!

Day 17 The original plan for today was to visit the famous snorkelling beach of Hanauma Bay but Sod’s Law kicks in, it’s now closed on Tuesdays. Instead we opt for a drive up to the north coast of Oahu. … Continue reading

Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Travel

Pearl Harbor

Day 16 Today we have another long-awaited organised tour: Pearl Harbor. Preparations are complicated by an additional security directive since we tried to arrange the same trip in 2016 – you are allowed no bags of any form, quite a … Continue reading

Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Waimea to Waikiki

Day 14 Waimea is an odd place. After a lazy morning we go out in search of a coffee. The tiny cinema opposite has updated its programme. Apparently this week it’s "Angry Bird 2", showing on 5 days, "Sat cloed". … Continue reading

Thursday, November 7, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Travel

Tours and Shows

Day 13 We have booked a guided tour of the Allerton Gardens. We are both expecting a short walk through a botanical garden with someone spouting a lot of Latin names, but it turns out to be nothing like that. … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Travel

Helicopter over Hawaii

Day 12 The morning is centred on an activity I have been looking forward to all summer, my helicopter flight. After a short drive I arrive on time, check in, pay, and watch the safety briefing, which seems to be … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Travel

Waimea Canyon

Day 11 Sleep is again interrupted by bedding problems and over-keen roosters. Chickens are in fact a major factor on Kauai. Almost everywhere you look you can see one or two padding around, and it’s rare that you can’t hear … Continue reading

To The Summit

Day 8 – Haleakala For a mountain lodge the night is surprisingly noisy: large vehicles on the road, guests moving cars around all night, and a rooster who gets confused and starts crowing at 1 am. In addition we have … Continue reading

Friday, October 25, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Travel

We’re On The Road FROM Hana!

Back on “The Road to Hana”, but now “from”. The northern stretch is well-surfaced but we’re soon back to regular single-lane bridges. Our early start means we are well advanced on the way back before we meet consistent traffic, but … Continue reading

Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Travel