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A Once-in-a-Generation Experience in Cyprus

March 26th, 2022
A Once-in-a-Generation Experience in Cyprus

Greetings from Paphos, Cyprus!

We're officially into the second half of our Cyprus LiveAway, and our shift over to the west coast has coincided with the (much appreciated) return of the sunshine.

I was going to say that it has been unseasonably chilly for much of the first leg of our trip, but that's actually an understatement.

A Corner Of Ireland That’s Hair-Raisingly Sublime

March 26th, 2022
A Corner Of Ireland That’s Hair-Raisingly Sublime

One of the most potent experiences a mountain (or any big piece of geography) can give you is that moment when suddenly you feel very, very small and not entirely sure of your importance in the grand scheme of things. 

You’ve felt it too? That mix of pure exhilaration and quietly simmering low-grade terror when you reach a summit and see that there’s very little on all sides of you except an incredible view you’ll remember forever and a terrible drop you’re immediately eager to forget.

When Travellers Cross the Line

March 19th, 2022
When Travellers Cross the Line

Greetings from Limassol, Cyprus!

We've just recently returned from 'crossing the line' on a very interesting excursion into the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Many of you may remember the partitioning of the island into the North and South Republics, which began with a coup by Turkey back in 1974 and led to a declaration of independence for the northern part in 1983, though it is officially recognized only by the Turkish government.

Why Madeira? ‘A month in the life’ on Portugal’s volcanic paradise

March 17th, 2022
Why Madeira? ‘A month in the life’ on Portugal’s volcanic paradise

Madeira is a tropical Atlantic island 520km off the West Coast of Africa, home to a population of just 255,000. It is considered a part of Portugal, though is an autonomous region, and is certainly proud of the fact. The locals speak Portuguese, and there are many crossovers in lifestyle and culture aside from the shared language, but the Madeiran populace certainly won’t shy away from identifying their distinctions from the Portuguese.

New country, new software, same Gordon

March 12th, 2022
New country, new software, same Gordon

Greetings from Limassol, Cyprus!

This is our first newsletter from our new email software, a switch that was necessitated by the many messages we were getting from members who had stopped getting our newsletter due to problems with our previous software.

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The Flood To End All Floods: The Dramatic History Of The Middle Sea

March 11th, 2022
The Flood To End All Floods: The Dramatic History Of The Middle Sea

Ah, the Mediterranean!

In later 2022 and beyond, Wheel & Anchor will be spending a lot of time on the shores of this near-landlocked sea often described as the cradle of Western civilization. For thousands of years, it’s served as the breadbasket (or more correctly fish-net) & multi-lane superhighway of the European, Middle Eastern and North African countries directly or indirectly bordering upon it…

And, of course, it’s been a source of immense pleasure to beachgoers, sailors and international tourists of all kinds.

Why We’re Reducing our Roster of Trips for 2022

March 5th, 2022
Why We’re Reducing our Roster of Trips for 2022

One last greeting from Madeira!

It seems these days that chaos is now the rule and normalcy the exception, which makes it newsworthy then that something 'normal' has happened - travel with Wheel & Anchor is back!

We're just wrapping up what has been a spectacular month in Madeira, and I couldn't have asked for a much better first LiveAway and first post-pandemic travel experience.

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