LUNCH FOR $3?

This is a Spicy Lamb borek. A traditional Turkish-Mediterranean savoury pastry, this has mince with onions, mild chilli and seasoning, and one is enough for lunch. Only $3. Enhance with a mint yoghurt or sour cream topping. I usually consider the eating options a bit pricey at South Melbourne Market, but the $3 borek is great value…

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TURKMENISTAN’S ‘DOOR TO HELL’

This is taking Adventure Travel to the very edge: the huge fire crater in Turkmenistan. It’s not volcanic, but probably a Soviet-era gas-drilling error. Just getting a visa is an adventure and a half, and forget about travel insurance cover. Check out this Science Alert report http://www.sciencealert.com/the-door-to-hell-is-in-turkmenistan-and-is-the-size-of-a-football-field?utm_source=ScienceAlert+-+Daily+Email+Updates&utm_campaign=bbc0f28b47-MAILCHIMP_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe5632fb09-bbc0f28b47-365553829

"It’s said that camel spiders, seduced by its warmth, will approach and plummet to their deaths like a scene out of an apocalyptic, arachnid movie..."

“It’s said that camel spiders, seduced by its warmth, will approach and plummet to their deaths like a scene out of an apocalyptic, arachnid movie…”

Middle East ancient attractions can wait a little longer

Fairfax “Traveller” is a good, quality travel publication. But promoting group tours of the Middle East now? This is most unwise. Isis bullies would be “over the crescent moon” if they could grab an entire tour group of hostages. Iran? Egypt? Jordan? Tunisia? Come on, you’re asking for trouble. These are some of the best destinations in the world… but after they deal with their terrorists.

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