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Roberts trip to Namibia

Roberts trip to Namibia

It was still raining when we were in the Waterberg – now we know why it is called that! Luckily the rains had stopped when we went further north, although we did see large areas that were still flooded and small towns under water. This did lead to some very exciting and challenging driving conditions. We experienced roads that normal South Africans would not see in a lifetime. The pass in the north, called Van Zyl’s Pass, down from...

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Roberts pictures of the Douro Valley & Portugal

Roberts pictures of the Douro Valley & Portugal

Recently Angela and I were able to tick off a long-standing item on our travel bucket list. This was to tour northern Portugal, and more especially the Douro Valley where port wine is made. The country side is very mountainous and with stunning views and the vineyards steeply terraced. The country folk are friendly and try to be helpful when you get lost, excepting that you can not understand a word they are saying! We sailed up the Douro River...

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Robert’s trip to Netherlands and Essex

Robert’s trip to Netherlands and Essex

  Angela and I visited The Netherlands at the end of the northern hemisphere spring, specifically to see the flowers at Keukenhof. We also took the opportunity to view some of the remaining windmills that Holland was so famous for. These windmills were not only used for centuries to drive Archimedes Screw systems to lift water from the low-lying areas into the canals and dams, but were also used for commercial milling of corn, barley,...

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Robert’s Wild Flowers of Northern Portugal

Robert’s Wild Flowers of Northern Portugal

The countryside in Northern Portugal is mountainous and beautiful. We were there in spring so the country was green, although the vines had only just begun to develop leaves, but the wild flowers had started to appear. Lavender grows wild. (The only other place that I have seen this is Algeria). The major roads are very good with highways that have clearly been built using EU money wisely but the minor roads are a challenge. The farmers grow...

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Places in South Africa that people normally seldom get to see by Robert Fowlds

Angela and I recently travelled 5500 km during 3 weeks in March, visiting some very special places in South Africa that are not generally seen by normal South Africans! We left Durban early to spend the first night at Philippolis, south of Bloemfontein. Our purpose was to visit John Varty’s Tiger Project about 25 km outside of the town. We stayed in a historic house that belonged to Adam Kok, the famous Griqua Chief (Kaptein) where he stayed...

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Roberts trip to Russia

Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle Luxury Express Train ~ August 2012. They advertise this as “Voyages of a Lifetime on a private train”, which is exactly what it is. Angela and I enjoyed a fantastic trip from the end of July to mid-August, travelling eastwards from Moscow to Vladivostok. We also choose to go in summer as the winter trips are probably just about seeing lots of snow and ice and drinking lots of vodka on a warm train. We also drank...

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