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Travel Report: Banteay Srei Temple, Cambodia.

Banteay Srei Temple. January, 2020. One day, when I look back on my adventures exploring The Angkor Temples, I imagine I might reflect on which of these magnificent creations was my favourite. Even at this early stage I feel Banteay Srei could be a strong contender. Located a considerable thirty two kilometres from the centre […]

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Travel Report: Banteay Kdei Temple, Cambodia.

Banteay Kdei Temple, Cambodia. January, 2020. Back in our previous lives, long before Sladja and I even knew each other, we both spent a day touring The Temples of Angkor. My visit came in December 2015, hers shortly after in January 2016. Like so many Angkor first timers, we didn’t venture further than the so-called […]

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Travel Report: Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia.

November 2015. One of the many things I liked about my day touring Angkor’s amazing temples is that each structure we visited had a clear identity that set it apart from the others. As one of the so-called modern wonders of the world, Angkor Wat was an experience of pure grandeur and scale. Furthermore, the […]

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Travel Report: Bayon Temple, Cambodia.

November 2015. A day or two spent touring Cambodia’s astounding Angkor Temples is one of South East Asia’s definitive highlights. One of Angkor’s most fascinating structures is Bayon Temple, known locally as The Temple of Faces. Having started my day tour with the incredible Angkor Wat, I was wondering if Bayon might pale in comparison. […]

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Earth Day! To celebrate, I’m exchanging articles with the excellent National Parks With T! Check out her piece on John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.

Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! If you are seeing this on Twitter or Facebook, please visit the blog to see all of the photos and read the story by clicking the link. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of […] […]

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Travel Report: McCaig’s Tower – Oban, Scotland.

July 2019. The Scottish town of Oban is an incredibly beautiful place for so many reasons. From the dramatic sight of Dunollie Castle to the deep blue waters of Oban Bay with its various islands, this place is certainly a feast for the old eyeballs. Moreover, and perhaps most impressive of all, you’ve got the elegant […]

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Travel Report: Dunollie Castle Museum, Oban.

July 2019. It was a stunning summer’s afternoon in Oban as Natalie and I made our way down the nature path towards Dunollie Castle Museum. Another Scottish castle for the Leighton Travels back catalogue then, although this one was certainly different from anything I’d seen before. In fact, the main draw here is the lovely […]

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Travel Report: Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

September 2018. I very nearly didn’t make it into Tiananmen Square. I’d stupidly forgotten all about the security checkpoints and then, suddenly, I was face to face with an angry-looking guard demanding my “pass-a-port”. I felt a cold chill run down the back of my neck. But then, as luck would have it, I realised the […]

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Travel Report: Beoraid Cemetery – Morar, Scotland.

June 2019. Beoraid Cemetery is just a few minutes drive from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour & St Cumin’s Church near the Scottish town of Morar. With virtually zero information online to provide a historical overview, I was happy to be led by brother-in-law Thomas. In fact, he’d been here before and knew of a notable […]

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