Iam delighted that we are featuring articles in this issue on two countries not visited before in the magazine: Japan and South Africa. Chrissie Walker explores her favourite shrines and temples in Japan while Michael Edwards was so moved by the plight of the Khomani San tribe that he felt compelled to share their story.
One of the reasons I love editing this magazine is because I learn so much. This issue's Intrepid Traveller, Maria Sibylla Merian, travelled to the Dutch colony of Suriname - a country I'd never heard of. Closer to home we have a postcard from Hadrian's Wall and a report from the Limes route in Germany which follows in the footsteps of the ancient Roman empire.
On the arts side we have lots of news and reviews from the art world and exhibitions on show this Autumn, as well as an unusual exhibition in Florence that involves art and fashion, and we look at the connections between Escher with his home town of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, currently joint European Capital of Culture 2018. In closing I must mention contributor Betsy Mark, author of Mary Jane
Colter and the Grand Canyon: Just Amazing in the Autumn 2016 issue. She sadly passed away recently after a two-year journey with cancer. Besides being an avid traveller, she was also a talented singer and exceptional person in every aspect of her life. She will be sorely missed by us all.