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6.  ZIMBABWE : First sight of Victoria Falls :  1997 - 18 June 9.00am :

You hear them before you see them but then - what a sight! A chance to retrace the steps of history and the explorer Dr. Livingstone.

The size, the noise, the first sight - Breathtaking!

                                                                                 First sight …. stunning!

The Falls are over 1700 meters wide and are formed where the River Zambezi drops 354 feet into the first of a series of zig zag gorges. It is divided by islands into four drops : Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Eastern Cataract. The spray typically 1300 feet into the air but can, in the rainy season be double that and be visible 30 miles away.

7.  U.S.A. : Arriving by air at The Grand Canyon  :  1998 - 3 June 8.00am :

Awesome is a fair word to describe the 277 miles long Canyon. A testament to the power and work of nature over the millenniums. The width [up to 18 miles] and depth [6,000 feet] you appreciate from the rim but the true size is best seen from the air.

                                                            …. The view from the rim is not bad either!

8.  PERU : Visiting the floating islands on Lake Titicaca :  1996 - 15 October 9.30am to noon :

Some 42 man made artificial floating islands constructed from rolls of reeds and inhabited by the Uros people who pre date the Incan civilisation. I read about the lake and the floating islands during geography lessons at school. At 12,500 feet above sea level it’s the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. Then the reed boat building became known through its use by Thor Heyerdahl for his Kon Tiki expedition in 1947  To visit the islands was a dream come true. A unique and wonderful experience.

Lake Titicaca …                                                                                                                       and approaching an island

   Ashore and in the villages ….

The locals still collect reeds to repair and maintain

their islands and build their unbelievable reed boats,

which were the basis for the one used by

Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 for his historic voyage

almost 5,000 miles across the Pacific from

Peru to Raroia

9.  CANADA : Dog sledding at Coal Fire Creek. Near Mount Robson :  2000 - 30 March 10.00am to noon

Something again that I’d read about but never anticipated doing. But it lived up to all expectations - a team of huskies is very powerful and the speed is impressive, highly recommended. [I’m the driver on the back of the sledge]

10.  CHINA : Beijing - Summer Palace :  1994 - 30 September 8.30 to 11.00am  

A visit to China must include the Forbidden City and the Great Wall plus of course the Terracotta Warriors. But these are the popular sites and bustling and crowded. My great memory was visiting the Summer Palace and lake early one morning when very few tourists were there - it was wonderfully serene and the atmosphere so calm and peaceful.

                                              the entrance    

                                                             a real Ferry boat on the lake ….        and one made of marble                                     

11.  AUSTRALIA : Crossing the Nullabor Plain by train  :  1998 - 13 June 8.30am to 4.30pm

Crossing the Nullabor gives you a great sense of our and the earth’s place in the universe. For over 297 miles the longest straight stretch of railway track in the world, without a single curve crosses the endless landscape of hot reddish brown soil. Absolutely flat in every direction there’s not a single tree just green scrub for mile after mile as far as the eye can see for around 8 hours and with a low horizon there is nothing but a vast overarching blue sky which dominates the senses and makes you feel incredibly small ……  nothing more to say!

The first tree for 300 miles ….

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