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Houston’s museum district is a place to linger

Before I went to Houston, I imagined it to be an oversized cowboy town, in typical JR Ewing style, but it didn’t take long for me to see how wrong I was. I didn’t see a single cowboy, except at the Rodeo, and Houston proved to be a pleasant mix of northern big city sophistication and famous southern hospitality and laid back lifestyle. Continue reading

Big island of Hawaii

Landing on the Big Island of Hawaii, one could be forgiven for thinking we had changed direction and landed on the moon instead. Below lay a sea of black tarmac like substance and lumps of rock and cinders. In fact it is Volcanic Larva deposit and the airport and much of the island is built on it. Dominated by the twin volcanic mountains of Mauna Loa 13,677ft, the world’s highest active volcano and Mauna Kea, 13,796ft, Big Island is one of the “Hot Spots” of the world, with an active volcano which spits out larva flow on a regular basis. You might find lava streaming across the road when the volcano is really active and the goddess Pele angry. “Doesn’t it bother you?” I asked a local resident, but it is part of life on this idyllic south sea isle and they take it in their stride. No visit to the island is complete without a visit to Volcanoes National Park and Kilauera Caldera, the crater rim, an unforgettable experience which ranks as one of the “high” points, both literally and figuratively, of my life as a travel writer. Continue reading