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The Man with the Golden Binoculars

26 November 2009
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Frigatebird

When I’m packing for a trip to the Caribbean, the first thing that goes into the suitcase is the James Bond book.

It’s getting a bit battered now – it has seen a lot of miles – but it is still the best. Ian Fleming thought so too. The book is The Birds of the West Indies. The author is James Bond. And when Fleming was writing his first 007 thriller in his hideaway in Jamaica, he “borrowed” the name of the ornithologist for his hero in Casino Royale.

The borrowing happened in 1952, over breakfast in Fleming’s favourite room in the villa at Goldeneye, with its view under the shade trees to the sea. The book was on the table, beside the binoculars, and Fleming found his inspiration. (more…)

Thailand is easiest of exotics

21 November 2009
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Thai floating market

“Thailand is probably the easiest exotic country for visitors.” Years ago, someone wrote that phrase in a guidebook and it has been repeated in every travel book and on every website ever since.

There is a very good reason for trotting it out again and again. Thailand is, indeed, the easiest of all exotic countries for visitors. It is not only exotic. It is tropic, it is the mysterious East, it is friendly, hot and inexpensive. It is one of the few places in the tourist world that can boast not only comfortable beds and edible food but also large doses of the Wow! Factor. (more…)

Nile offers heat and history at a discount

19 November 2009
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cruise ship at Kom Ombo

The Nile has two great selling points in winter – it is hot, and it is cheap.

The Nile has one great selling point in summer – it is very cheap (because it is very hot).

River cruises in Egypt, even in high season from December to March, start at £499. That includes the 5000-mile round-trip flight from the UK to Luxor, full board on the cruise boat, transfers and 10 free excursions. In the heat of high summer, the tour operator may even add an extra week in a four-star hotel as a bonus and still keep the price below £500. (more…)

Quietly through Masai country

14 November 2008
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gerenuk

The camels in a Rudyard Kipling poem were called Can’t, Don’t, Shan’t and Won’t … and listening to our camels groaning and complaining in the cool Kenya dawn, I could understand why. On first acquaintance, camels are not attractive or willing animals.
But after a week in the dry bush of the Laikipia Masai country in Northern Kenya, trekking from camp to camp on camel-back, I think they are one of the great re-discoveries of tourism. A camel safari is a wonderful way to see the real Africa.

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