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Australia Revisited

Earlier this year, we featured Wivelscombe Swimming Club who purchased a map of Australia, with the intention of swimming the equivalent of the length of the East Coast Today I have heard they have swam the length of the coast from Northern Australia to the Gold Coast, some 3,300 miles – What an achievement.

Next they are planning to swim the equivalent of the Pacific!


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5 unforgettable moments in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port — I Love Walking In France

Recently joining the ranks of France’s most beautiful villages, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a delightful note on which to end a long-distance walk. I’ve enjoyed many unforgettable moments here—these are a few of my favourites (Before you arrive, download a map from The Tourist Office website—available in French, English and Spanish—with several places of interest marked.) Two…

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Islands of Malta & Gozo – A Video Album — Journey Around The Globe

Just finished making this video on our trip to the Islands of Malta & Gozo few years ago, hope it will inspire you to visit these islands by the Central Mediterranean. Islands of Malta and Gozo – Thru My Lens If you are planning to visit Malta, Gozo, & Comino, please check out these 2 following links […]

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Islands that Changed the World: Ternate & Tidore — What an Amazing World!

Chapter 4, Part 4 As the Age of Discovery began in the 15th century, Portugal and Castille (Spain) sent a large number of maritime missions to seek direct sea route from Europe to India and the fabled Spice Islands, as well as to discover lands previously unheard to the Europeans. With the Atlantic Ocean at […]

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Malacca: The Gateway to East Asia

What an Amazing World!

Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum

Chapter 4, Part 2

At the turn of the 16th century, the Portuguese significantly increased their presence around the Indian Ocean by conquering strategic ports in the region. It was Afonso de Albuquerque, by the order of King Manuel I of Portugal, who led naval military campaigns to capture Aden (the gateway to the Red Sea) and Ormuz (the gateway to the Persian Gulf, known as Hormuz today). Albuquerque’s conquest of Goa, however, was never part of the king’s plan although in the decades that followed the Portuguese colony in the Indian subcontinent would prove to be a very important colonial post.

The same king ordered Albuquerque to capture Malacca, a major port strategically located in Mainland Asia separated from Sumatra by the Strait of Malacca – a busy sea route connecting East Asia and the Indian Ocean. Controlling the trade route from India to China…

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