Suddenly, there it is: a juvenile gorilla lazing in the crook of a tree, stuffing leaves in his mouth, looking directly at me.
Catherine Marshall started her career as a hard news journalist in her native South Africa as a naive 20-year-old. More than two decades later the Sydney-based writer specialises in travel writing.
There's something about being separated from a bag that brings out the worst in us.
I long ago learnt that a slumberous flight requires mental preparation.
A profusion of fairy-tale turrets, belltowers and bling-lacquered domes circle Veliky Ustyug's town square.
Iran has been largely overlooked by tourists but now its dazzling ancient treasures and physical beauty is attracting a record number of visitors.
From the Black Sea port of Odessa to the colourful farmlands along the Dnieper River, cruising Ukraine guarantees spectacle and rich historical detail, ancient and more recent.
Monaco is dripping with wealth but for the casual observer a simpler value can be found in its spectacular setting.
It's been a long cold winter and mushrooms are starting to sprout - everywhere.
In summer, Europe's Lake Constance is transformed into a stage, and the Austrian city of Bregenz is its attentive audience, writes Catherine Marshall.
The Republic of Congo's capital city, Brazzaville, is a whirl of colour.
A harmonious mix of Zen-like design, unobtrusive service and understated luxury.
South Africa is much more than the sum of its most famous parts.
Careful attention to passenger needs turns a potentially arduous journey into a pleasure.
The city's new arts districts are revolutionary.
The cold will sap your energy, the mosquitoes are huge, there are ticks and the alcohol can be dodgy: travelling through Siberia is no picnic – but the rewards are plentiful.