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1.  PERU : Watching the sun rise over Inca ruins of Machu Picchu : 1996 - 19 October 6.00 am :

This has to be my number one experience. You read about it but even ‘photos don’t completely prepare you for the real thing. Machu Picchu is stunning in every sense of the word. Staying at the hotel adjacent to the entrance and having been impressed by the ruins in the afternoon of the previous day a very early rise next morning to enter the site to view the sunrise was even more breathtaking. Wonderful!

   Dawn ….                                                                                                                   

     Sunrise …..

   Sunrise                                                                                                    and the classic view in the afternoon

       The way in through the valley             on the right ... The road up to the ruins                        The hotel : Machu Picchu (Ruinas) Sanctuary Lodge

    The Inca terraces                                                  Views of the site ……………..

2. INDIA : First sight of the Taj Mahal, Agra : 1995 - 6 November 4.00 pm :

My second choice … another of the world’s great sights that again exceeds expectations arising from looking at ‘photos. Visit it twice - in both the morning and late afternoon - to see how the marble ‘changes’ colour in different light.  


   Morning:                                                                   Afternoon                                                                  Taj Mahal from across the river


                                                      But as with all of India the contrast is sharp :  [left] Street scene outside the entrance

                                                      and [below] a few yards away the Entrance to Taj Mahal

                                                                                                                                                                                      River at rear of Taj Mahal

3. EGYPT : Sunset on the Nile at Luxor :  1996 - 28 May 6.30 pm and 1997 - 2, 3, 12 and 13 September 6.30 pm

My third ‘experience’ is in a sense ‘eternal’. Forget the ancient Pyramids, the Sphinx, Abu Simbel or the ruined Karnak Temple at Luxor. They are all superb of course but for me nothing surpasses quietly floating along at sunset on board a traditional felucca on the timeless River Nile - older than mankind itself.

 Bank of the Nile in daylight …                                   Setting off: early evening – 5.30 pm                       and the unbelievable colours of Sunset ….    

                                                                                                                        Feluccas at sunset

                                                                                                                         Bank of the Nile as sunset approaches


Sundown .. going …..                                                                    going ………..                                                       Gone ……..

4.  CHINA : Cruising down the Li River at Guilin and the incredible limestone hills :  1994 - 1 October 10.15am to 2.30pm

My fourth choice almost defies description.  Reality again goes beyond what you expect from ‘photos. The limestone hills along the River Li are

totally unbelievable - even after you’ve seen them.

5.  AUSTRALIA : Sunset over Ularu [Ayres Rock] :  1998 - 15 June 6.00pm :

Fifth in my list is not just a huge rock, visible for miles and impressive for its size and colour but a magical site for the indigenous Aboriginals with an aura of its own. It is incredible to walk round but even more memorable is the sight as it comes alive and positively glows at sunset.

    Sunset   ….. and the ‘glow’

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