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A Trip to the Orkneys

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December 12, 2018

This post is taken from a chapter in my new book 'A Maverick Inuit Way and the Vikings'. It describes a visit to the Orkney islands north of the Scottish mainland, where there are many famous Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age sites such as the standing stones of Stenness and the buried village of Skara Brae, as well as more modern castles and cathedrals. Once part of Norway, the Orkneys maintain many Norse traditions as do the Shetlands further north, which I'll write about in another post.

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Cyprus, the island that copper's named after

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Edinburgh's Festivals

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September 27, 2018

Israel, through a Kiwi Lens

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September 15, 2018

On Tour with David, the Horse Rescuer

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September 11, 2018

Out into the Palestinian Territory

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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