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Letter home from our guest editor and grandson of Bungalow lil. Working with European refugees.

George is the guest editor in today’s blog, describing his experience as a student, aged 22, helping out at “The Jungle” in Calais, France. This is an unofficial refugee camp on the other side of the sea from England.   It … Continue reading

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A short walk on the Lycian Way, Turkey

Gelidonya feneri, A walk towards the light house on the Lycian way.  The light house 2 km away is one step too far and as 14 nimble goats, the group from Sheffield botanic gardens society, scurry up the tree lined … Continue reading

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Lycean Olympos,Turkey. True city of the Gods?

While Hittites lived inland and had no iron, the sea trading ports of Lycea grew. Cities populated by thousands living on trade off the agriculture bounty from the hinterland. So Persians invade, Alexander the Great passed and secured links and … Continue reading

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Flowers of the Lycean Coast, Turkey

I have fallen for Artedia Squamata, a member of the umbelliferous family but known as The Madonna Flower by her friends. A posh cow parsely if ever there was one. I look greedily for ripe seeds of this white disc … Continue reading

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Turkey: a wander amid flowers

Botany is for enthusiasts but flowers are for everyone.  My brain dips in and out of the families and species. They keep changing their names as the compositaea family is now the Asteraceae, and as for umbellifers? What now. Crucifera … Continue reading

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Lil reflects: The muddles of an uncertain age, how to travel half way round the world

Lil wonders, in her usual humorous way, quite how she managed to get to Oregon, on the west coast of America. Once again she relies on the kindness of strangers to rescue her. I know, I know, I should know … Continue reading

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Silk on the Silk Route. Travels from Uzbekistan 3

 Lil ponders on what to buy as a gift when travelling on the Silk Route. Silk of course. Do you remember those funny little glass domed things with an Eiffel tower inside which when you shook them looked as if … Continue reading

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Travels in Uzbekistan 1

Lil reflects on Samarkand, Uzbekistan, the Silk Route, and travelling with a companion so much more elegant than herself. This is not a journal of the silk route, Osh to Samarkand. It is the observations of a stout elderly lady … Continue reading

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Post card from Uzbekistan, following the silk route. Lil

What tales we have to tell! Our onward flight from Istanbul to Osh (Kyrgistan) was cancelled so we had to wait for the next one. We were therefore forced to stay for 2 days in Istanbul courtesy of Turkish Airlines … Continue reading

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The beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning. A trip to France by Lil

Easyjet have obviously consulted the best. For instance it is clear they consulted Giacometti for their seating arrangements.   Gone are the spaces for arms and legs and in their place the traveller has the experience of sharing their neighbour’s, which invariably … Continue reading

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