Yellowknife

 | Yellowknife

Autumn is an impressive time of year. Most days are still bright, and the comparative simplicity of summer heat, green trees and blue skies gives way to a more deep and complex panorama. The forest becomes a patchwork of green, gold, rust, amber and scarlet leaves. The skies above are a glorious deep blue, with strongly textured clouds varying from sunlight backed glowing white, through a thousand shades of grey to a heavy darkness that warns sternly of the winter yet to come. Walking the partially hidden ground generates a satisfying rustle as ones feet slide through a million fallen leaves. This is Yellowknife,

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Istanbul

 | Istanbul

Istanbul, bisected by the Bosporus, is in the north-west corner of Turkey. Turkey spreads from southern European Greece and Bulgaria all the way to Iran. As the geographical bridge between southern Europe and Asia, it’s an amazing place with a long and interesting history.

The Bosporus

Possibly the most famous

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Cappadocia

 | Cappadocia

Awake! … arriving in the evening it was already dark, stone buildings, orange sodium glow. Morning’s brightness revealed the full view across Göreme valley.

View across Goreme

Göreme is a popular tourist destination in the Nevşehir Province in central Anatolia, Turkey. Scattered amongst the houses are “Fairy Chimneys”, spires of softer rock topped with a more erosion resistant cap.

Since ancient times people have

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Macau

 | Macau

Macau is split into two halves, in more than one way.

Geographically the ex-Portuguese colony is about 40 miles south-west of Hong Kong, and is made up of the Macau peninsular to the north and the islands of Taipa and Coloane to the south. Early in the millennium,

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Cairns

 | Cairns

Cairns was a big change from Sydney. The seaside area is peacefully thriving with tourists and locals alike. A few tower blocks, but most of these are the larger hotels. Walk for a few minutes and you’re in to the suburbs. In most of the areas we walked though the houses are wooden and raised up above street level, as was the B&B we stayed in. I got the feeling change is coming though: some of the wooden houses look a little dishevelled, later to be bought up and converted in to concrete built apartments?

There are bats, big bats, flying

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Sydney

 | Sydney

So warm and bright after the bitter cold of humid winter; alive city but relaxed; we took our first walk from Circular Quay up to the Rocks, where we’d be staying in the YHA with a view of the Opera House. There are large bats roosting in the trees but just a few compared to later in Cairns.

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