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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Our latest travel writing: in print and online

As I don't have time to blog at the moment (read why here), feel free to check out our latest writing in print and online. This month in J Mag, Jazeera Airways' in-flight magazine, you can read about walking tours with shepherds, learning to make traditional bread with a village baker, and some of the other rustic activities being offered by Northern Cyprus' first eco-village in our story 'Village People' (online version here). The same issue also features 'Where to Stay: Antalya', my overview of the best hotels in one of Turkey's most agreeable cities. We spent just over two and a half months in Turkey last year writing, including six weeks in Antalya last year renting an apartment in a restored Ottoman house in the old city. The Northern Cyprus story was researched during a trip to Cyprus (we flew to Antalya from Northern Cyprus) to update a few books and write a first edition Cyprus guide for AA Publishing. Online, you can take a look at our piece on Adelaide: Australia's most underrated city, on Viator, which is one of our final posts on a series we wrote while Down Under working on books and stories: see the full series here. The pic? That's the idyllic setting for the walks with the local shepherd that we write about in the Northern Cyprus story. Tempted?


JessieV said...

lara - i am ALWAYS tempted by your writing and terry's photos!! what a great bunch of work you've done recently. brava!

David Whitley said...

I'd have to disagree with you on Adelaide :) but thanks for the links to the other pieces.

(And thanks re: Viator as well)

Lara Dunston said...

Hi Jessie

Why thank you! And I'm so pleased you're inspired! But the photos on my blog are mine - gosh, his photography is so much better than mine - you can check his out at

Hi David

You don't like Adelaide?! Oh my god! We were totally charmed by it. I lived there with my folks for 18 months in my early teens, but I hadn't been back since, and we were thinking how much we'd been missing.

We lived in Sydney for many years and if we wanted a city break it was always to Melbourne, but I found Adelaide so much more appealing - a far more attractive city, better architecture, beautiful parks, great restaurants, cafes and bars, brilliant museums.

We stayed right in the heart of the city and rented an apartment for a week, then went to Glenelg and rented another beachside apartment, then tried out 3 boutique hotels over another week. We felt we'd really gotten to know the city by the end of the stay, and just loved it! What didn't you like?

David Whitley said...

I guess I just find Adelaide 'pleasant'. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with it - it just doesn't particularly excite me.

It's pretty, it's got a few good things to do, and it's surrounded by good food and wine regions. All the things you say about it are true, but I never really felt an affinity. Lack of an X-factor I guess.

I also find there's a certain parochialism to Adelaide - locals insistent on claiming that it's the best place in the world without really having been anywhere else. That always puts my back up (and is probably the reason I can't stand Manchester as well).

But aside for that, you're right - my indifference to Adelaide is somewhat irrational. I am odd, though - I must be the only person that really likes Darwin and Canberra.

Lara Dunston said...

I actually love Darwin too - precisely because it attracts all sorts of characters from all over the country, and all over the world, like only Australia's outback towns can do.

Canberra, can't comment on, as I haven't been in about 15 years.

While staying at my uncle's in Bendigo recently, I met a Melbournian who boasted had she had never left the state of Victoria and never would - despite being a garden fanatic and her son, working as a banker in London, sending her tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show or something. There's parochialism in all Australian cities sadly - one of the reasons we don't live there and instead visit like you.

Lola said...

Wonderful work as always!