10 things to know before traveling to Australia — Delusional Bubble (Reblog)

Australia is one of the most urbanized and beautiful countries in the world. The general thought is that Australia is very similar to North America which is partially true. but there are some major differences you want to know before visiting this amazing country. If you’re lucky enough to travel to this country keep reading […]

10 things to know before traveling to Australia — Delusional Bubble

Seeing The Scale of Bangkok And Getting lost — Passport Overused (Reblog)

We all heard that Asian countries are developing cities and skyscrapers at a rapid pace. However, seeing it in person gives more meaning to that statement. So, Bangkok is big and about the same size as the city of New York City. Yet, I never have seen so many cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic in my…

Seeing The Scale of Bangkok And Getting lost — Passport Overused

*Recipes from Thailand

10 Vacations You Can Take from Home — Delusional Bubble (Reblog)

Even though everything in the world is slowly going back towards normalization, traveling is still not a possibility for a lot of people, either because of COVID-related travel limitations against Americans or self-cautious people who simply don’t want to put others and themselves at risk. But we are lucky that we’re living in the global […]

10 Vacations You Can Take from Home — Delusional Bubble

*Real vacations will return…

The most Expensive Holiday Destinations — Delusional Bubble (Reblog)

When money is not an objection, any spot in the world could be a holiday destination, whether in the middle of Antarctica or the moon! Below are the most expensive places to travel in the world. It’s not that unreachable to travel to one of them and experience all that luxury in person. Just book […]

The most Expensive Holiday Destinations — Delusional Bubble

*Reblogged by Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: ‘Elements’

Photography is a great hobby to encourage.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Hunstanton Seaside Town, Norfolk

Photo copyright Francis Barker 2020

Hunstanton is one of the better seaside towns of Norfolk, in East Anglia, England.

With travel restrictions in place for most of the year, plus a curtailed holiday season, many Brits have been making the most of their own backyard, including traditional the traditional seaside.

Almost unique, the resort faces west, so is known for its spectacular sunsets. Not too hi-brow, it has a certain old world charm, with a sense of lived-in Victoriana, especially towards the end of the holiday season.

Definitely worth a visit in these strange and difficult times.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Favourite Books: ‘The Nature of Alexander’ by Mary Renault

I will forever associate this terrific biography with the year 1981, Charles and Diana‘s wedding and the Island of Crete.

Yes, nearly forty years ago we were on summer holiday on that wonderful Greek island, staying in a not-so-wonderful taverna. Nevertheless, I still fondly remember buying this book in an open air stall, somewhere near the waterfront of Aghios Nikolaos, quite early on in the holiday. I had read it before we left about ten days later.

Somehow we had conspired to be away when Lady Diana Spencer married the heir to the British throne – but enough of that.

Judging By The Cover

As a lover of history (so-called) and art, I was initially drawn to the cover. Few figures in ancient history are as iconic as Alexander The Great, who conquered much of the then known world by his untimely (or timely) demise in 323 BC in Babylon.

But of course, supposed facts are one thing, but weaving them together in an entertaining narrative is quite another. In my opinion, Mary Renault succeeded brilliantly. She is of course most associated with being a fine historical novelist with a penchant for ancient Greece, prerequisites for writing this acclaimed biography.

Vivid

I remember vividly (I have yet to re-read it) that it was easy to read, making me almost believe that I too was being tutored by Aristotle and later courting the beautiful Roxanne.

The fact that I did most of my reading on the hot sand or in a shady cafe, only added to the experience of travelling relentlessly eastward in my imagination.

Charismatic

Most especially the notion of conquest, that it is in fact a product of the mind, came across very strongly – to the point that by the end of the book I felt as if I had personally known this clearly insatiable and charismatic man — doubtless testimony to a great writer.

Maybe that day when I finally re-read this book is not too far away, though somehow I don’t think it will be in Crete.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Memories of Prague 2019

It’s almost a year since we visited Prague in Czechia, one of our favourite cities.

I am quite sure, like virtually everywhere, it has been affected by the 2020 crises, but it remains one of the most beautiful places in Europe and the world.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Holidays!

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Haiku copyright Francis Barker 2020  Photo by Sean O.

Haiku: Beach

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Bali, Indonesia

Life could be a beach
It’s an easy game to play
made hard by others

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Poem ‘Clam’

Gulf of Mirabella and island of Pseira, Crete,...
Gulf of Mirabella and island of Pseira, Crete, Greece (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clam

He didn’t know how to handle it, the sheer
heat of Crete; nor
the first sight of her, bikini pink, and later

sauntering around carefree
in even less,
through the clam of every evening.

And he’d certainly never seen
a cockroach before. It scooted up
their wall, brazen and antennae led—

she leapt straight out of bed! But
this one hadn’t counted on
the soul of a size eleven shoe.

While she drew a star in her diary, he
flung open the windows
each sultry morning, looked out

across the milky Mirabello Bay,
then down below, where
right on queue, Adonis

hosed down the tacky taverna floor,
leaving him to remember
what was cold and rain

© copyright David F. Barker 2012