John Gimlette's Voyages

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What's the greatest waterfall in the world?

John Gimlette at Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

It may not be the biggest or the highest, or the most watery, but - for my money - it has to be the Kaieteur Falls (Guyana).

I flew up there once, on a day tour from Georgetown. After a while, you get to the upper reaches of the Potaro. This river itself would have been worth the trip, like a gorgeous seam of folded jet. But then suddenly it just ended. It poured over a lip, and vaporised as it fluttered away into a deep abyss. The Falls. 

Shakespeare and Guyana

Flag Island, Essequibo, Guyana

Today is the bard's 450th birthday. Had he ever heard of South America's 'Wild Coast'?

Undoubtedly, yes. In 1595, when Shakespeare was aged 31, and at the height of his creative powers, Sir Walter Raleigh published his great prospectus, "The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empire of Guiana".

The old New Amsterdam Hospital

The old New Amsterdam Hospital

Here is one of my favourite buildings in Guyana; the old hospital in New Amsterdam. Sadly, it was pulled down a few months after I took this photograph, but here is what I wrote about it in 'Wild Coast':-

What the famous have said about Georgetown (Guyana)

Parliment Buildings on the corner of Avenue of the Republic

Here are a few quotes from well-known writers, not all of them flattering (Meanwhile my photo shows The 'Avenue of the Republic'):

Disappearing aeroplanes and Guyana

Port Kaituma airstrip

The mystery over the missing Malaysian jet has everyone thinking about air travel. Here are a few facts from Guyana's aviation story:

Books on Guyana and the Berbice Revolt

Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, Georgetown, Guyana

I have been asked for a list of good source material. Sadly, some of the books below are long out of print (I found them in the British Library) but a few of them might be available on abe.com. Here's the list:

Giants of the Guianas

The giant otter of the Guianas

The region - which includes Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana - is one of the most pristine and unspoilt in the world. Small wonder that a few giants have survived, including:-

Little known facts about Guyana

Georgetown, from the verandah of the Law Courts

Here are a few things that not even the Guyanese know about Guyana:

1. Georgetown (see picture) sits at around the same latitude as Sri Lanka. Both places were former Dutch colonies, and both became British possessions after the Napoleonic War.

Guyana and the Germans

John Gimlette's "Wild Coast"

Negotiations are on foot for the translation of my book, 'Wild Coast', into German. As it happens, two of the country's greatest explorers happen to have been German.

The Labrador-Guyana connection - The early explorers

Wyapoko (now Oyapok) river, in what is now French Guiana (Guyane).

As far as I know, there was only one adventurer who visited both Guiana (as it was) and Newfoundland during the age of discovery.

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