They’ll be the new social group, the Quaranteenies… those who are, like Tom Hanks in the Terminal, stuck in an airport but can’t move on.
Strange times. But what does it all mean to be in quarantine?
Well, my old Kiwi-Aussie friend Simon who moved to Norway knows.
He had to make his own way back to Oz via Asia and was locked down in Melbourne for a fortnight.
Entertainment: North Berwick style
Musico that he is he was OK in isolation, getting food into his hotel, though he did say the view did start to ware on him.
Turkish treats: Istanbul Airport
Better though than the man on the ladder decorating the outside of his house whom I see every morning.
It’s like watching paint dry.
If I have to be quarantined at any airport then I want to make it Istanbul Airport and Turkish Airlines Business lounge.
Straight down the airport: Turkish Airlines’ Business Lounge
They’ve got bedrooms, a cinema, a golf range, toy car track and enough food and drink to feed an army.
Just leave the key under the mat. See
www.turkishairlines.com and Wham bam, thank you Hamam. El Hierro of the hour
Just swimmingly: El Hierro
So what will we all be looking for when Travel returns… biodiversity is up there.
El Hierro, the second smallest of the Canary Islands after La Graciosa with only 11,000 inhabitants, is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and Geopark.
The Meridian Island is aiming to be the first 100% sustainable island in the world in four to eight years.
https://www.hellocanaryislands.com and https://elhierro.travel/en/ volcanic connections help, of course, and the eruptions of 2011 and 2012 have helped renew the seabed.
Our island: Only 11,000 inhabitants on El Hierro
For the dolphins, stingrays, barricudas, white sharks and my fave…
The turtles who I got to meet on the other side of the Atlantic
www.visitbarbados.org Turtle recall.
I’m told that there’s a 16km water route trail which I’m hoping doesn’t involve getting my beardie wet.
And it’s all happening below: El Hierro
It’s more than a hop, skip and a jump to get there and you may want to combine El Hierro with another Canaries Island.
With the Canaries opening up again I’d suggest Tenerife
https://www.visitingtenerife.com with CanariaWays https://canariaways.com and A walk through the ages… Tenerife. Greece is the word
An old relic and the Acropolis
The Gods on Mt Olympus have calmed the unclean air where all our spray has been collecting.
And Athene has seen to it that her showpiece Acropolis and the other outdoor archaeological sites have been reopened.
Standing on the very stones where Socrates and his toga-clad pals scratched their beards and worked out the world was worth the circuitous route to get there…
https://athensattica.com and My Greek odyssey.
At the Parthenon
With the UK exploring an air bridge to Greece on account of its low R rate we will all reconnect with the great civilisations of Hellas soon.
Check out your government’s health and travel guidelines.
MEET YOU ON THE ROAD