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Next up are the Balkans, starting with Macedonia, before heading vaguely northwards through Kosovo to Montenegro, finishing with Slovenia via the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. It all looks chock-full of beautiful scenery.

Sept 2017: Added Wales 8! All about the Brecon Beacons & surrounds

July 2017: Finally done the last Wales page, Wales 7 added!

June 2017: Wales 4, Wales 5 & Wales 6 added! The original Wales pages are now at Wales 1, Wales 2 & Wales 3.
Recently returned from a trip home to North Wales where I covered a lot of miles, from Holyhead to Machynlleth, and Abersoch to Llangollen. A beautiful coastline, with photos to come..

I've also amended the links to all UK.html pages - so now the England pages are at www.thisotherworld.co.uk/englandx.html etc, the London ones end in londonx.html, same with Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands. Common sense won the day.. eventually!

March 2017: Another England page added! England 12 - the historic towns of Rye and Rochester plus a gun tower with a World War II theme..

February 2017: France 9 added! A long weekend spent in northern France at the fantastic Mont St Michel and the more sombre WWII beaches in Normandy.

November 2016: France 8 added! Includes Lourdes, Pic du Midi, Lake Gaube, Pau. And updates made to the Andorra page. A week in the very scenic Pyrenees took me to France and Andorra..

October 2016: Wales 2, Wales 3 uploaded! Plus updates & additions to Wales 1 and Wales 4. These cover Aberystwyth, Welshpool and down the coast to St Davids, Tenby, Gower, Cardiff to Chepstow and inland to Hay-on-Wye..

June 2016: Scotland 2, Scotland 3, Scotland 4 uploaded! Plus updates to Scotland 1. Recently returned from a couple of weeks in beautiful Scotland (especially the highlands).

April 2016: Isle of Wight uploaded! A small island off the south coast of England near Portsmouth.

Menton Citrus Festival uploaded! And now France 7 (Avignon and Lyon). The Citrus Festival in Menton, southern France is held every year in February/March. Massive sculptures made from oranges and lemons are on parade.. Wow.

Jan/Feb 2016: A few photos added to London 1, 2 & 3, including the Magic Lantern Festival, and of course a windmill plus an ex-Soviet tank, both in central London..
Added Bletchley Park to England 10 as well as the nuclear bunker. Bletchley Park was the site of Britain's top secret decrypting of messages sent by the Nazis during World War II, made famous in the film The Imitation Game.
Secret Nuclear Bunker uploaded! The former London regional headquarters in case of nuclear attack, Kelvedon Hatch, is now open to the public. It's a fascinating place near Epping in Essex.

Jan 2016: I've added some Lumiere London (light installation festival) photos to London 3 plus a few of Ruthin to the Wales page.

Jan 2016: Belgium 5 uploaded! Ypres and the WWI battlefields along with the Battle of Waterloo site. Belgium 1 uploaded! Or reuploaded to be precise. I've revamped the Bruges and Brussels photos with those from my December trip. Bruges Ice Magic added, Brussels street art and Tintin murals added. Not forgetting the Grand Place sound-and-light show.

Dec 2015: Cotswolds and Warwick uploaded! Finally sorted out the Cotswolds and Warwick page on my 'England 10' page.

Nov 2015: Cornwall uploaded! Just back from beautiful Cornwall in England.

Nov 2015: Stratford-upon-Avon uploaded! Photos at bottom of the linked page, below Liverpool.
Shakespeare's home Stratford-upon-Avon to be added to England pages, along with Warwick and the Cotswolds.

May/June 2015: Gdansk uploaded! Kaliningrad pages uploaded! Kaliningrad 1 & Kaliningrad 2.Lithuania 1 & Lithuania 2 uploaded! At last, been a bit lazy but got there after a couple of months..
Back from Kaliningrad! Pages to come, along with Vilnius and Gdansk.. Next up is the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. Which means it's the perfect time to take in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.

Feb 2015: England 8 uploaded! July 2015: Portsmouth added! Plus a couple of microstates.
I'm adding photos of a couple of English coastal resorts, including the incredible shell grotto in Margate, made from 4.6million shells. Discovered in 1835, no-one knows who, when or why it was built. I also have some additions to London (Tower of London poppies, Altitude views, London Oktoberfest)

Jan/Feb 2015: Palestine page uploaded! Palestine 1 & Palestine 2. Israel pages uploaded! Israel 1 Israel 2 Israel 3 & Israel 4
I'm off to Israel for a fourth time, along with the Palestinian Territories. Looking forward to revisiting my kibbutz/Eilat past! Update: Back from Tel Aviv! Photos to come, probably in the new year..

Oct/Nov 2014: Uploaded! Morocco 5, Ceuta 1 & 2 are now up and running, along with Isla Perejil additions to Plazas de Soberania.
I've got a second trip to Ceuta coming up. One of two Spanish enclaves in Africa, I'll be mixing it with a little more Morocco - Tangier, Tetouan and Asilah to be precise.

June 2014: Uploaded! ENCLAVES: Baarle, Vennbahn, Busingen, Belgium 4, Switzerland 2 & Switzerland 3, Campione d'Italia, Seborga, France 5 and finally Llivia. The quirky enclaves of Western Europe, countries within countries, along with the 'independent' Seborga for good measure.
There's five enclaves in Western Europe: Baarle (Belgium in Netherlands in Belgium), Vennbahn (Germany in Belgium), Busingen (Germany in Switzerland), Campione d'Italia (Italy in Switzerland) and Llivia (Spain in France).

Uploaded! My long weekend in Jersey is now online

I've also added a few more graffiti/street-art photos to the London 2 page (scroll to the bottom)

Feb 2014: Uploaded! There's now two Melilla pages Melilla 1 Melilla 2 and I've also added to the original Morocco 3 page (and a little to Morocco 4). And finally Spanish fortresses in Africa now uploaded.
A second trip to Melilla beckons and another attempt at seeing the Spanish penon near Al Hoceima - this time! Update: Made it to the other plazas de soberania! Penon de Velez de la Gomera and the Chafarinas Islands - uploads to come.

Back from the very friendly and welcoming Iraqi Kurdistan, and south east Turkey. Uploaded! Iraq 1, Iraq 2 and Iraq 3. Uploaded! Turkey 1 and Turkey 2

October 2013 - Successfully traced my family's World War I gravestones at the Somme near Arras, France

Uploaded! Belgium's Sand Wonderland, the world's largest sand sculpture festival

Croatia and Bosnia pages uploaded! Croatia 1 Croatia 2 Bosnia 1 Bosnia 2

Sudan pages uploaded! Sudan 1 Sudan 2

Jordan pages uploaded! Jordan 1 Jordan 2

Belgium - Antwerp, Veurne and Ghent, January 2013 photos uploaded

I've finished adding Liverpool, Durham and Newcastle to the England pages and also sorted out Birmingham and Norwich

I'm currently creating a Top Fives page, listing various top destinations according to people, rivers, waterfalls, ancient sites etc

Recent uploads - France 4; Croatia 1 & 2; Sudan 1 & 2; Jordan 1 & 2; Belgium; Transdniestr; Moldova; Budapest; Romania; Czech Republic; Melilla & Ceuta; Gibraltar; Trans-Siberian; China Snow & Ice Festival; North Korea (5 pages)

 

Where else? The sand dunes of Namibia, the chaos of DR Congo/Congo?

-- In addition there's self-styled independent states such as Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia and to a much lesser extent, and far less controversial, Seborga. And the former Soviet states have plenty of anomalies - Shakhimardan and Vorukh (bits of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in Kyrgyzstan), Kaliningrad (Russia surrounded by Lithuania and Poland) and Nakhichevan to name a few. I've been to Transdniestr but plenty more to see - if you know any more get in touch!

 

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LINKS                                                                                                WORLD MAP         

Some of my favourites and some useful general links. For any country-specific links, see the bottom of the appropriate country's webpage.

Listed under - GUIDE BOOKS/WEBSITES; NEWS/TRAVEL INFORMATION; GOVERNMENT TRAVEL ADVICE; SEARCH ENGINES; AIRLINES; LOW COST AIRLINES; MISCELLANEOUS; PARTNER LINKS

 

GUIDE BOOKS/WEBSITES

www.africaguide.com - a website guide to the African continent

www.berlitzpublishing.com - Berlitz travel guide books

www.bradtguides.com - travel guide books

www.footprintbooks.com - Footprint guide books

www.lonelyplanet.com - travel guides and forums/advice

http://travel.roughguides.com - Rough Guide

www.seat61.com - excellent site for worldwide train information

 

 

NEWS/TRAVEL INFORMATION

www.airbnb.com - pay for a private room, which may be cheaper - and better - than a hotel while meeting up with the locals

www.airlinequality.com - Skytrax airline reviews and ratings

www.airlinetickets.org - an alternative take on the airline industry

www.amnesty.org - Amnesty International, a human rights campaigner

www.aneki.com - 'the source for world rankings'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world - BBC world news

www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/worldmusic - BBC's coverage of World Music

www.bestforeignexchange.com - buy your foreign currency in UK - good rates

www.couchsurfing.org - meet and host travellers around the world

www.thomasexchangeglobal.co.uk - weirdly, identical London branches as above site but rates slightly lower

www.couchsurfing.org - sleep on a couch for free, and return the compliment!

www.dec.org.uk - Disasters Emergency Committee (umbrella organisation for 14 humanitarian aid agencies)

http://earth.google.com - Satellite imagery courtesy of Google Earth

www.eurostar.com - Eurostar train from London to Paris, Brussels and more

http://finance.yahoo.com/currency - find out currency exchange rates

www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk - travel health information - general and country specific

www.flight-durations.com - find out how long a direct flight will take

www.foursquare.com - online guide to cities, bars, restaurants etc as viewed by users

http://www-static.cc.gatech.edu/~pesti/night - nighttime version of Google Earth

www.hihostels.com - Hostelling International is the name given to the international youth hostel organisation

www.iamat.org - International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

www.msf.org.uk - UK site of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

www.nationalgeographic.com - National Geographic

www.newsnow.co.uk - search by keyword for news, sport etc

www.nhs.uk - UK residents can apply for a free European Health Insurance Card

www.onlinenewspapers.com - read newspapers from around the world

www.seat61.com - excellent site for worldwide train information

www.seatguru.com - find out the best airline seats

www.tgv-europe.com - European trains

www.thomascookpublishing.com - for European and International train timetables

http://travelmoney.moneysavingexpert.com - comparison site for buying currency

www.timeanddate.com - World time zones

www.towd.com - locate national tourist offices/websites throughout the world

www.tripprep.com - online travel health advice. Requires registration

www.un.org - United Nations website

www.unhcr.org - the UN Refugee Agency

http://weather.yahoo.com - weather forecasts

www.wcs.org - the Wildlife Conservation Society

www.wfp.org - World Food Programme

www.who.int - World Health Organisation

www.worldheritagesite.org - a list of World Heritage sites

www.xe.com - currency exchange rates

 

 

GOVERNMENT TRAVEL ADVICE

www.fco.gov.uk - UK government travel advice

http://travel.state.gov/travel - US government travel advice

www.smartraveller.gov.au - Australian government travel advice

www.travel.gc.ca/travelling - Canadian government travel advice

www.safetravel.govt.nz/advisories - New Zealand government travel advice

 

 

SEARCH ENGINES

www.airbnb.com - rent people's homes and flats

www.charterflights.co.uk - charter flights from UK

www.cheapflights.co.uk - search for flights from UK & Ireland, then click on search results to link to relevant advertiser's site

www.ebookers.com - flights, hotels, car hire (go to bottom of their page to redirect to international sites)

www.expedia.co.uk - flights, hotels etc

http://flightchecker.moneysavingexpert.com - searches budget airline websites

www.flycheapo.com - low cost airline finder

www.hostelbookers.com - book hostels & hotels worldwide

hotelscombined (click link below) - I use this website all the time, it's the best hotel price comparison site out there

 

www.justtheflight.co.uk - charter and scheduled flights, good multi-leg trip search, and no credit card fees (but not very user-friendly)

www.kayak.co.uk - price comparison site with fare history charts

www.kelkoo.com - price comparison site

www.momondo.co.uk - good newcomer to the price comparison market

www.netflights.com - flights, hotels, holidays,car hire

www.opodo.com - flights, hotels etc

www.orbitz.com - a US based search engine for flights, holidays etc - watch out for added charges

www.skyscanner.net - click a city on the map and it will highlight all direct/indirect flights to other cities

www.travelzoo.com - travel deals

www.whichbudget.com - tells you which budget airlines fly between your chosen 'from' and 'to' airports

 

 

AIRLINES (low cost airlines appear further down)

By no means an exhaustive list, but here's a selection -

www.aerlingus.com - Ireland

www.aerolineas.com.ar - Argentina

www.aeromexico.com

www.aircanada.com

www.airchina.com

www.airfrance.com 

www.airgreenland.gl

www.airindia.com

www.airjamaica.com

www.airmalta.com

www.airnewzealand.co.nz

www.airniugini.co.uk - Papua New Guinea

www.alitalia.com

www.ana.co.jp - All Nippon Airways

American Airlines - USA

http://flyasiana.com - Korea

www.atlantic.fo - Faroe Islands

www.aua.com - Austrian Airlines

www.avianca.co.uk - Colombia

www.britishairways.com

www.bruneiair.com

www.brusselsairlines.com

www.caribbean-airlines.com (replaced BWIA)

www.cathaypacific.com - Hong Kong

www.china-airlines.com

Continental Airlines - USA

www.copaair.com - Panama

www.cyprusairways.com

Delta Air Lines - USA

www.egyptair.com.eg

www.elal.com- Israel

www.emirates.com - Dubai

www.ethiopianairlines.com

www.etihadairways.com - Abu Dhabi

www.evaair.com - Taiwan

www.flytap.com - Portugal

www.gulfair.com - Bahrain

www.iberia.com - Spain

http://icelandair.net

Japan Airlines

www.kenya-airways.com

www.klm.com - Royal Dutch

www.koreanair.com

www.kuwait-airways.com

www.lan.com - Chile

www.liat.com - Caribbean

www.lufthansa.com - Germany

www.malaysiaairlines.com

www.olympicairlines.com - Greece

www.qantas.com - Australia

www.qatarairways.com

www.royalairmaroc.com

www.rj.com - Royal Jordanian

Scandinavian Airlines

www.singaporeair.com

South African airways

www.srilankan.aero

www.swiss.com

www.taca.com - Central America

www.flytap.com - Portugal

www.thaiair.com

www.tunisair.com - in French

Turkish Airlines

www.vietnamair.com

www.virgin-atlantic.com - UK

www.virginblue.com.au - Australia

 

LOW COST AIRLINES

www.flycheapo.com - low cost airline finder

www.whichbudget.com - tells you which budget airlines fly between your chosen 'from' and 'to' airports

www.airasia.com - South East Asia/China/Australia

www.airberlin.com - Europe

www.aireuropa.com - Spain/Europe/North Africa

www.easyjet.com - Europe

www.flymonarch.com - UK charter airline

www.flypgs.com - Turkish low cost airline

www.flythomascook.com - UK charter airline

www.flygermania.com

www.germanwings.com - Europe

www.icelandexpress.com - Iceland

www.jet2.com - Europe

www.jetstar.com - Australia/South East Asia/USA

www.norwegian.com - Scandinavia/Europe

www.ryanair.com - Europe

www.thomsonfly.com - UK charter airline

www.tigerairways.com - South East Asia/Australia/New Zealand/Hawaii

www.vueling.com - Spain/Europe

http://wizzair.com - Europe

 

MISCELLANEOUS

www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver - great way to create a website

www.coeliac.co.uk - I'm a Coeliac (an allergy to gluten, found in wheat, barley, rye & oats)

www.daily.co.uk - my webhoster, with whom I've had no problems. Click on the ad below -

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www.davidthomasbroughton.co.uk - Yorkshire musician/performer and sausage artist

www.fairtrade.net - give farmers & workers a fair share by supporting Fairtrade products

www.fairtrade.org.uk - Fairtrade's UK website

www.liverpoolfc.com - my football team

www.chagossupport.org.uk - The plight of the Chagos Islands people, a group of islands that include Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean

Chagos exiles 'cannot return' - October 2008 court ruling

www.johnpilger.com - award-winning journalist John Pilger's article on the Chagos Islands

John Pilger - Stealing a Nation - documentary on the secret expelling of the Chagossian people by the British Government

John Pilger - War by Other Means - documentary on the payment of Third World debt to First World banks

www.thelmaandlouise.com - find a travelling campanion (women only)

 

 

PARTNER LINKS

Amherst Extended Stay Hotels- Welcome to Amherst Extended Stay Hotel Network. We look forward to welcoming you to Amherst, New York

www.born2travel.it - This guy's been everywhere

Cheap Car Hire Italy

Cheap flight tickets - Joy-travels are an online leading travel agency in India. Book cheap flight tickets for domestic & international with consolidated airfare

Cheap Hotels in Las Vegas - Book today hotels in Las Vegas and get cheapest hotels in Las Vegas

Cheap Online Flights UK - Reservations and information on flights, holidays and airports for travellers from the UK

Flights to India - Search cheap flights to India from all major airlines. Compare airfares and book your flights to India. Find latest offers on cheap flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Ahmadabad and other destinations in India

www.grancanariamaspalomashotels.com - Our services will offer you a carefree accommodation

www.hoteldubaiairport.com - Dubai (DXB) Airport Hotels are pleased to welcome you to an amazing tour of the surroundings of the Dubai (DXB) Airport

Lanzarote holiday villas - Luxury holiday villas in Lanzarote to rent direct from owners, We
have Playa Blanca villas & rural villas with pools

www.lilongwewildlife.org - Sanctuary for rescued, orphaned and injured wild animals in Lilongwe, Malawi

Marlborough Extended Stay Hotel Network - Welcome to Marlborough Extended Stay Hotel Network. We look forward to welcoming you to Marlborough, Massachusetts

Melbourne Hotels - Melbourne Hotels welcomes you to the lovely city of Melbourne, in the state of Florida

Oyster Point Hotels - Welcome to Oyster Point Hotels! Our goal is to provide a simple way to browse, shop, compare, and book Oyster Point hotels securely online!

Paris Hotels - Providing information about Paris hotels

Scottsdale Extended Stay Hotel Network - Welcome to Scottsdale Extended Stay Hotel Network!

Texarkana Hotels, Texas - Welcome to Texarkana Hotels! Texarkana Hotels provide leisure and business travelers with amazing accommodations

www.travelingtheworldaround.com - a fellow addicted traveller's photos & tales

Wellington accommodation - Find and book your accommodation in Wellington. Over 3500 New Zealand properties cover all accommodation needs from budget to luxury accommodations

Wisconsin Dells hotels

 

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