other great interest is putting together her travel images as
Audio / Visuals or Slide Shows, using dual projectors. These
all incorporate music and recorded sound effects, and most last
about 50 minutes.
are sutable for many organisations such as Photographic Societies,
W.I.'s The National Trust, Travel Groups, Rotary, Probus and
subjects are listed below or click
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ALONG THE NORTHERN WATERWAYS
Set almost entirely to Russian music, this presentation begins in
Moscow, visiting The Kremlin, Red Square, the Gum department store,
and a short journey to Zagorsk, one of the cities on the Golden Ring.
Then by ship to St Petersburg, along the river Volga, canals, and
lakes, passing wooden villages with flowering orchards, and stopping
to walk round ancient Kremlins and monasteries. Finally the glories
of St Petersburg. The hermitage, built by Peter The Great, and enlarged
by Catherine The Great to house her huge art collection - finally
exploring the fantastic palaces at Pushkin, Petravorets, and Pavlosk.
A week in Laos, discovering the 2000 yr. old Plain of Jars, and
the ancient city of Luang Prabang on the banks of the River Mekong,
full of temples, bells, and saffron robed monks. Onward to the
political capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. A day spent at sea on a sailing
junk in the magical Halong Bay, with its 3000 islands, and the
weirdly beautiful inland landscape of waterways and pointed limestone
hills. Journeying south through breathtaking scenery to the Remote
Highlands, on to Saigon, passing Cham Dynasty towers temples, meeting
hospitable people, and finally, a thrilling Sunday morning spent
in the great and extraordinary Cathedral of the Cao Dai.
MIDDLE EAST - SYRIA, ISRAEL, JORDAN - FROM DAMASCUS TO PETRA
Exploring the souk and Great Mosque of Damascus, crossing the border
into Lebanon to the marvellous Roman ruins of Baalbeck, to the
huge Crusader castle of Krak De Chevaliers.
Magical desert oasis and Roman site of Palmyra, over the border
into Jerusalem and The Holy Land, past the Dead Sea, through
Wadi Rum of Laurence Of Arabia fame, and at last, walking silently
through the high cliffs of the Siq, into the hidden Nabataen
kingdom of Petra.
OPENER ON ETHIOPIA
Exploring the Mercato in Addis Ababa, flying south to the breathtaking
Rift Valley lakes and The Nechisar National Park, then further
south to visit tribal villages with their colourful markets near
the Kenyan border. Then north, to Lake Tana, source of The Blue
Nile, which thunders over The Tis Isat Falls. To Gonder, with a
compound of great castles built by Kings and Warlords. To Lalibela,
where 800 yr. old rock cut churches are still great places of worship
in this devoutly Orthodox Christian country. On to Axum, home to
The Ark Of The Covenant, and where we witness the great annual
Pilgrimage and Festival of the Church of St Mary. Lastly, a journey
through beautiful and fertile countryside, with scenes of harvesting,
against the backdrop of The Simien Mountains.
First exploring the old streets of Havana, driving west to the
tobacco growing area around Vinales, on to The Bay Of Pigs, scene
of the unsuccessful American invasion, further east to the time
warp city of Trinidad with its cobbled streets and faded pastel
colours. Then to Santiago, a city with a backdrop of the Sierra
Maestra mountains, finally to the coral beaches of the north coast.
Exploring the mediaeval Medina of Fez, the ancient city of Meknes,
and Moulay Idriss, the lovely Roman site of Volubulis, before
driving south to the desert with enormous sand dunes, the valleys,
gorges and Kasbahs. Finally, north through the Atlas Mountains,
to Marrakesh, with its unique architecture and vivid squares
full of snake charmers and magicians.
- LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON
A hidden Himalayan kingdom, driving through mountain passes, through
villages and fantastic landscapes. Visiting monasteries and fortresses,
and witnessing religious festivals and the climax of the King's
Annual Birthday Celebrations.
- IN RAJASTHAN WITH THE CONTESSA
Would this aristocratic lady smooth our way to the gates of palaces,
forts and castles, would she introduce us to a Maharaja? Would
we see a tiger? We visit villages and markets driving though the
desert landscape and experiencing the way of life of the Rajputs.
- CAMEL FAIR IN THE DESERT
The Ancient fortified city of Jaisalmer, with it's unique impressively
carved houses, appears like a mirage. A jeep safari into the desert
brings us to deserted villages and watering holes. Camels are still
important in the lives of the people, and every year at the same
time in November, a huge camel fair is held in the desert just
outside the small town of Pushkar. Built around a Holy Lake, it
attracts over 300,000 worshippers who arrive during the days leading
up to the climax of the full moon.
THROUGH THE GRAND CANYON
The thrills and spills of the Colorado River! Breathtaking landscapes
- The flora and fauna
GUATEMALA AND THE MAYA
From life in Mexico City, to the great Archaeological sites of
The Toltecs, and Zapotecs, to the Mayan period in the Yucatan Peninsular,
to isolated Indian villages in the mountains where the people,
resisting westernisation, have retained their ancient Mayan culture.
On, over the border into Guatemala, through villages with their
colourful markets, and dazzlingly dressed men and women
JOURNEYS, BALI AND BEYOND
A few days in Bali, travelling round the island visiting temples,
villages, and meeting the people and seeing their way of life.
Joining and following a "Royal" Cremation Ceremony. On
to the islands of Lombok, Sumbawa, and Komodo with its famous "Dragons",
10' long carnivorous giant monitor lizards. To Flores, and the
coloured lakes of Volcano Keli Mitu. Finally, Salawesi, and the
mysterious Toraja People, their way of life and - death!
ISLANDS - N. CYPRUS AND SICILY
The slow way of life, fantastic mountain peak Crusader castles,
the breathtaking Archaeological site of Salamis, make North Cyprus
unique. In Sicily more glorious Roman sites, ancient mysterious
cities, volcanoes, and cloudy mountain villages
MAGIC OF ITALY - LAKE COMO AND VENICE
The romance and colour of Lake Como's villas and gardens, then
Venice, surely the most beautiful city in the world - exploring
the main sights, and quieter lesser known corners and canals.
AND BREAKFAST IN CRETE, AND ANOTHER UNSPOILT GREEK ISLAND
Away from the tourist "hot spots" - discovering the island
interiors, ancient cultures, monasteries and village life.
AND THE CAUCUSUS
A seldom visited country now proud of its independence, its fantastic
mountain scenery, including the highest village in Europe. Interesting
church architecture, wonderful Georgian music - charming hospitable
people. We visit Stalin's museum near his birthplace, climb vertiginous
heights to explore cave monasteries and mountain villages, discover
fields of orchids and other wild flowers with a backdrop of snow
CHARMS OF CORSICA
From the capital Ajaccio, birthplace of Napoleon, exploring pre-historic
sites with mysterious “menhir” standing stones, following
the history of the “Vendetta”, wandering round precipitous
mountain villages, and the weird rock formations of the north
west coast, now a World Heritage Site.
ROUND THE PELOPONNESE
Exploring the marvellous archaeological sites of Corinth, Mycaenae,
and Olympia, clambering around vertiginous 16thC castles and
time warp Byzantine cities, and relaxing in delightful unspoilt
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