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Visit to Rome (2)

October 20th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Our first full day in Rome was a long walking tour. We were out for eight hours and, in that time, visited six locations and made three refreshment stops. We started near our hotel with a visit to the huge Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This was originally built in the 5th century with Romanesque, […]

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Visit to Rome (1)

October 20th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve kept a diary since I was a teenager and I like to count things, so I know that this is my fourth trip to Rome and my 12th visit to Italy. It is the 200th time that I have travelled outside the UK. On this occasion, I am away with two members of my Chinese […]

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Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, I’m reminded of a story …

September 15th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Ten years ago today, the American investment bank Lehman Brothers went into liquidation. It was the most dramatic event of the financial crash of 2008 which has led to economic retrenchment and austerity for so many nations and so many people. When I started to write short stories, I found that one of the characters […]

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My recent trip to Colombia – the full story

September 9th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I have recently returned from a fascinating trip to Colombia. Although I did daily postings to this blog while on the holiday, I’ve now pulled all these together into a comprehensive and continuous narrative which you can read here.

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Holiday in Colombia (11): conclusion

September 6th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

After spending two nights at each of five hotels, our trip to Colombia was coming to an end.  On the final morning in Cartagena, there was no programme, so Silvia and I did some final shopping and I had my photograph taken with 73 year old Victoria, a distinguished black woman of African descent wearing […]

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Holiday in Colombia (10): Cartagena

September 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The last full day of our holiday in Colombia was devoted to a tour of the Caribbean city of Cartagena.  I have wanted to visit the old town since I saw the film of the book “Love In The Time Of Cholera” whichwas set and shot in the colonial quarter. There was a lot to […]

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Holiday in Colombia (9): Medellin to Cartagena 

September 4th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Essentially today (Monday) was another travelling day as we transferred from Medellin to Cartagena. The day started very early with an alarm at 5.15 am and departure from our hotel at 7 am. It was only a 45 minute flight from Medellin to Cartagena where we were met by our third guide of the trip, […]

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Holiday in Colombia (7): Pereira to Medellin

September 2nd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The next stage of our holiday in Colombia was a transfer from Pereira to Medellin. Now, as the crow (or, in this case, the condor) flies, the distance between these two cities is similar to that between Bogotá and Pereira. Howev er, Cox & Kings had decided that, while the journey to Pereira should be […]

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Holiday in Colombia (6): Cocora Valley

September 1st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Today we visited three locations in the Cocora Valley located just south of the city of Pereira.  We set off at 9 am and returned to the hotel about 6.30 pm, so it was quite a long day but an immensely enjoyable one without too much time in the coach. The first visit was to […]

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Holiday in Colombia (5): Coffee Region

August 31st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Today we left the capital Bogotá and flew west to the city of Pereira  – a flight of only 30 minutes – where we were met by our second local guide, a young man called Christian who illustrated his provision of information with an iPad. The local company for which he works is called Living […]

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