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South America

In August 1994 I visited Argentina, Brazil and Chile

Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain in the distance.

India and Thailand 1995

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

This beautiful mausoleum is built of marble and is justifiably known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Emperor Shajehan in 1632 as a loving memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. It took 20,000 skilled workers 22 years to build with no expense spared. Imagine the cost today! I also visited New Delhi and Jaipur. Transferring later to Bangkok and the delightful beach resort of Hua Hin in Thailand.

Israel 1996

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock, which ranks in sanctity after that of the Kaaba in Mecca and the tomb of the Prophet in Medina, is one of the most beautiful mosques of the Islamic world. Beneath the Dome of this magnificent building lies the rock of Mount Moriah. See below for more details of my visit to The Holy Land. 

 

As you can tell my favourite pursuit is overseas travel; countries visited include Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Canada and S.E.Alaska, China inc. Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Israel, Thailand, Turkey, USA and several European countries.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Northern Territory, Australia 2001

I travelled to Australia in September 2001 and visited Melbourne, Sydney, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and Cairns. In sub-tropical North Queensland I sailed aboard an Ocean Spirit Cruises catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef for a taste of scuba diving.  On another occasion I took a scenic railway journey through the beautiful World Heritage rainforest and returned via the famous Skyrail Cableway to Cairns. www.skyrail.com.au  On another excursion I visited the Rainforestation Nature Park at Kuranda, Cairns, where I met this cute little koala. 

Canadian Rockies and Alaskan Cruise

In May 2008 I toured the Canadian Rockies by coach and this was followed by a cruise up the Inside Passage to south east Alaska. Throughout this entire holiday I witnessed what can only be described as the most beautiful natural scenery I have ever come across including the magnificent glaciers. I also managed to see dolphins, whales and even a wild bear.

Dinnertime! A large female black bear (estimated between 300 to 400 pounds) along the Steep Creek drainage at the Mendenhall Glacier catches a fresh sockeye salmon. This wonderful picture is courtesy of Mark Kelley, an eminent photographer based in Juneau, Alaska.

 The Holy Land

My most memorable overseas holiday was my spiritual pilgrimage to The Holy Land (Israel and Palestine) in October & November 1996 when the Bible became my tour guide! It was a very thought-provoking and inspirational experience to visit the Holy manger in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. To walk the fourteen stations of the cross along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and site of Jesus's crucifixion at Calvary in Jerusalem. To attend the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary she would bear the Son of God. To swim in the Dead Sea and to sail in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee just like Simon & Andrew. To visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached his sermon on the mount and also at Tabgha, Tiberias, where the first feeding of the multitude took  place, was  truly awesome and inspirational to say the very least. 

At Caperneum, where Jesus performed miracles, I visited the authenticated home of St. Peter where Jesus was a frequent visitor. It really felt as if I was walking in the original footsteps of my Lord and Saviour. Places I was taught about as a child but only ever dreamed that one day I may be able to walk in the same footsteps as His twelve Apostles. Also of those many disciples and believers of Christ, knowingly accepting him as God's only begotten Son.

 

No pilgrimage to The Holy Land today is complete without paying homage to the  heroes, martyrs and victims of the Holocaust by visiting Yad Vashem, Israel's National Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem;  

http://www1.yadvashem.org/visiting/index_visiting.html 

I can truthfully say that I have never been moved to such emotional awareness more so than at Yad Vashem. In the words of His Holiness the late Pope John Paul II during his visit there in the year 2000;

 "Never again may evil prevail"

Witness however, the atrocities committed in more recent times in Srebreniza-Slovenia, Darfur-Western Sudan, Cambodia and Rwanda, etc

It hurts deep in my heart to see the almost daily death and destruction on both sides of the conflagration in the Middle East. I pray every day for a just and lasting settlement with peace and reconciliation. May the Lord God Almighty restore good order and tranquility in these troubled times for the benefit of all people in the Holy Land irrespective of race or religion. Most especially I pray for deeper understanding between Christians, Jews and Muslims. Also between all religions of the world. We must strive to live together in peace and harmony with mutual respect for each and every member of the global family of mankind without fear or prejudice. 

EGYPT

 

On September 12th 2011 I was fortunate enough to fly over to Turkey to embark on the Thomson cruise ship Celebration at Marmaris for a cruise to Egypt, The Holy Land & Cyprus.

Our first port of call was Alexandria where I was able to join an excursion to visit the War Cemetery at El Alamein. Whilst there I managed to locate the grave of a friend's relative and placed a couple of tributes from family members against the headstone.


He was Sergeant Albert John Coombes, affectionately known as Jackie, aged 20, from Plymouth, Devon, UK. He was a rear gunner in a Wellington bomber which was brought down by German anti-aircraft fire. A truly emotional experience considering I was the first person to pay homage on behalf of the family to his grave since the airman was laid to rest on October 6th. 1942 following the ferocious, but successful battle led by Field Marshall Montgomery to repel the Axis forces. I also visited the War Museum and saw many of the armaments recovered from the desert battle. I must congratulate the British War Graves Commission for maintaining the cemetery in such immaculate condition honouring in perpetuity almost 8,000 Allied service personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of freedom and democracy which we enjoy to this very day.

 



My next port of call was Port Said from where I travelled down to Cairo and visited the Egyption National Museum where I saw the artefacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun including the Golden Mask. I also saw the mummified bodies of ancient royals including Ramisees II and other Pharoahs, Kings & Queens. After the museum I visited the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. A truly memorable experience which has given me the desire to learn much more of this ancient civilisation.

 

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