Cuba Independently – Part 2: Cienfuegos & Bay of Pigs

After Havana, the next stop on the Cuban independent travel trail is the tobacco-producing area of Viñales or time-warped Trinidad. But I had read so much about the architecture of Cienfuegos that I was determined to make it my first stop after Havana. Yes, its architecture differed from the rest of Cuba reflecting its French … Continue reading Cuba Independently – Part 2: Cienfuegos & Bay of Pigs

Remembering the Past: Auschwitz-Birkenau

27th January 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp complex known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. In December 2009, I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of a trip to Krakow, Poland. Below is an updated version of the 2010 article I wrote after my trip. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned … Continue reading Remembering the Past: Auschwitz-Birkenau

Half-time in Mostar

As the bus arrived at the station I wondered whether travelling to Mostar was a good idea. Whilst the city is nestled in the scenic Neretva valley the main street of the eastern side of the city, Maršala Tita, was deserted and still bared the marks of war-time shelling. To reinforce my apprehension Dervla Murphy’s … Continue reading Half-time in Mostar