Jodhpur is second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan and has long been a popular destination among international tourists. Surprisingly few visitors, though, know the origins of its sobriquet, "the blue city".
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is an iconic institution. Mounties dressed in their red serge parade uniforms are seen as symbols of the nation yet are also members of a police force using modern methods to maintain law and order in a country that their predecessors helped forge.
As we sailed away from Southampton, I was looking forward to the forthcoming shore excursions in Norway. Calls at the ports of Trondheim, Tromsø, Alta and Stavanger were planned.
Change is underway in Akagera National Park, the largest of Rwanda’s national parks, whose undulating landscape covers 1122 square kilometres of swamp, mountain and savannah habitat in the north-east of Rwanda.
Basically the design is very simple, it’s nine holes out, nine holes in; the course is 4.5km long. The nine holes out you play on the lower level, on the sea level, and the nine holes in you play right above. That has the positive effect that from every single hole you see the sea. You always think you play directly to the sea because from the upper level you don’t see the lower holes, so the greens seem to be above the sea on the back nine.
Super Bowl Sunday is America’s big day in. The winners of the American Football Conference and National Football Conference compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. TV ads and the Super Bowl halftime show ensure that the event appeals to an audience beyond sport aficionados.
Climbing Grey's Monument is a Newcastle highlight activity. As I waited to squeeze through the tiny door leading to the spiral staircase within the column, one of the Newcastle City Guides checking visitors’ tickets at the base of the landmark recounted an anecdote about that event. Apparently, a local shop owner retrieved what was left of the head and placed it his window, along with a sign telling people that his prices were so good that even Earl Grey had come down for a closer look.
Yesterday I took a leisurely boat ride in the Red Sea: a day trip to experience snorkelling with turtles at Ras Mohammed National Park, at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. The mountains of the arid South Sinai region were visible inland but most of my fellow travellers were lying on the backs, facing upwards at the cloudless sky, relaxing on towels spread out on the deck. There was a flurry of activity as we pulled on our flippers and masks then splashed into the water to view the marine life.
My glasses fog as I feel the blast of warm air on entering the dining room. Before I’m able to see anything through the condensation I smell grilled cheese and hear the laughter of guests. Conversations are taking place in German, English and French and the wood of the fireplace cackles.
The Great Exhibition of the North started with a spectacular opening event by the River Tyne, between Newcastle and Gateshead, in North East England. The 2018 festival was billed as a celebration of northern arts, design and innovation.