This is the atoll of Ahe which is part of the Tuamotus archipelego in the south Pacific
B – Big Sur
Big Sur – a stretched of wonderful coastline in California
C is for Cayman Brac.
Cayman Brac. This is one on the sister islands of the Caymans. It lies 100 miles away from the main island of Grand Cayman but in other terms thousands of miles away from the offshore accounts, shell companies, money laundering of Grand Cayman. Small and peaceful a nature lovers paradise. This is the view from Peter’s cave, traditionally used as a hurricane shelter.
D – Dominican Republic, island of Hispaniola
Dominican Republic, island of Hispaniola where Columbus first landed. This is Salinas on the south coast famous for its salt.
Ecuador. I went there to climb volcanoes. This is me on the summit of Cotapaxi 5897m. In the background is Chimborazo 6310m, the highest point of the Andes in Ecuador.
Fiji, Katherine bay, island of Rabi which is populated by Banaban Islanders from the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati). Their island was made uninhabitable by the extraction of phosphate a tragic and heartbreaking story caused by corporate greed and British government connivance.
G – Grenada
Grenada – The beach at grand Anse.
H is for Hiati
Hiati – a troubled country. These are fisherman from the Ile a Vache, a small island off the south coast.
I – Iceland
This is Reykjahlíð by Lake Myvatn in Northern Iceland. Plenty of geothermal activity here. I visited for some cross-country skiing.
J – Jamaica
Jamaica, Much to see an experience but a visit to the Bob Marley museum in Kingston was a must – ” I don’t like reggae I love it”
Hiking up through giant groundsels and lobelia to Mount Kenya
This is Leh in Ladakh, high in the Himalayas. One of my earliest trips a long overland journey from UK, way back in 1977
Morocco – the Kasbah des Oudayas, Rabat. I called here on my way to the Canaries.
N – New Zealand
New Zealand – or really we should call it by its Maori name Aotearoa. This is the volcano of Mt. Ngauruhoe, sacred to the Maoris. It was used as Mt Doom for the filming of Lord of the Rings.
O – Oa Pou,
Oa Pou, one of the Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia. A wonderful dramatic and friendly island to visit
Included in Panama is the semi-autonomous area of the Kuna Yala, a group of low lying islands, inhabited by the Yuna indians, I enjoyed my visit to these friendly people and being given a small insight into their very distinct culture. The whole archipelago is threatened by rising sea levels
Quito, the capitol of Ecuador, a fascinating place of old and new , rich and poor. These are stalls outside the cathedral in the old town.
R – Raiatea
Raiatea , a small island in the Society Islands grip in French Polynesia. It is regarded as the sacred island, it was once the center of religious and political power in all of Polynesia, including Hawaii, New Zealand Easter Island and the Cook Islands. Here one of the locals has established his own little home on the surrounding reef
Slovakia, I visited here for some hiking and scrambling in the Tatra mountains. This is near the summit of Rysy 2503m
Tahiti, what a paradise, this is the settlement of Teehapoa, only accessible by boat.
U – Union Island
Union Island -s one of the Grenadines. This is a view of the anchorage nestled amongst the reefs.
Vanuatu – Volcano of Mt Mt Yasur, on Tanna Island
W – Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum, a fabulous place of desert and sandstone towers. The beds are friendly too, proper Arab hospitality. I visited on 3 occasions. Fabulous climbing and scrambling. This is on the descent from Jebel Rum.
X – X marks the spot.
X marks the spot. Think pirates and buried treasure maps. This was a renowned pirates haunt at one time. Do you know where it is?
Y – Yosemite
Yosemite – tunnel view
So we have come to the last letter in our alphabetic tour of some of the places I have been. It’s been fun. Somehow I have missed out on a place starting with Z. Never mind Zzzzz- let sleeping dragons lie.