Reading

Moving away from the travel snippets for today. Life can’t always be holidays and exploration, not on my salary anyway! There have to be other joys to keep us entertained and without doubt my favourite past time for a quiet day at home is to pick up a book and lose myself in it pages. In reality, reading is something I do every day. Without fail. Sometimes for many hours on end. Voracious reader would be an apt description if ever there was one. I am a devourer of words.  Continue reading “Reading”

CB&W: Letters O or P

Well, I haven’t done one of these for a while but I’ve been dying to get back into it. So here goes! This week’s photo challenge for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is the letters O or P. I’m going with O … for Opera House. My home town of Sydney has a pretty iconic and certainly unique looking opera house. Continue reading “CB&W: Letters O or P”

Snapshot – Queenstown

It has dawned on me that I don’t believe I’ve done a post on our nearest neighbour yet! The stunningly beautiful country of New Zealand. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, it truly is a feast for the senses. I would love to return one day, as it’s been decades since I was last there. There’s no excuse really, it’s only a 3 hour flight from my home in Sydney to NZ. When I say it like that I feel rather ridiculous for delaying my return for so many years. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of New Zealand to share with you. At the time of my visit, all my photos were taken in slide format. Yep, slides. Old school or what? And sadly over the years those slides have faded to the point that they are no longer salvageable. So, this post is going to focus on NZ’s adventure activities capital, Queenstown, and some of the things I tried while there. Continue reading “Snapshot – Queenstown”

Snapshot – Prague

P is for Prague. P is also for photograph, so this Post will be a Photographic trip around Prague. But for beginners … Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. It is a large, easily navigable city with a host of historical sites to tempt the traveller to stay a while and explore. It’s architecture is intricate and beautiful, it’s food delicious and hearty, and the people are most welcoming. So, for your viewing Pleasure … Continue reading “Snapshot – Prague”

Snapshot – Ossuary at Sedlec

Hmm. I feel it only fair to warn my readers that this blog post may contain images that some might find disturbing. I myself don’t have any issue with what I’m about to show you, I think it’s one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited and I hope that you can put aside any queasiness and just be amazed at the spectacle. I first came across this place while watching a travel show many years ago, so long ago that I could only remember the sight of it not where it was or what it was. Fast forward to August 2016, I’ve arrived in the Czech Republic, specifically Prague, and I’m talking to my guide about things to do while I’m here. A visit to the town of Kutna Hora, located outside Prague is mentioned. Why? Because of the Bone Church … Continue reading “Snapshot – Ossuary at Sedlec”

Snapshot – Nitmiluk National Park

So, here we are, already up to the letter “N” in the A-Z Challenge for 2017 and once again I have left it to late to write a post about my homeland, Australia. There’s no real reason why I typically don’t write much about home, it’s certainly not from a lack of things to talk about … this is an enormous country, with so much to offer it would take you months if not years to make a dent in all it offers. I make no apologies for saying that I’m fiercely proud to be an Australian and am fully prepared to acknowledge my total and utter biased in thinking it’s the most magnificent & beautiful country. I do love it. Continue reading “Snapshot – Nitmiluk National Park”

Snapshot – Mekong

After the little surprise yesterday of a post not based on a travel destination, I’m returning today to another snapshot. I started this A-Z Challenge blogging week with the letter “H” and an insight into a few Vietnamese cities, so I thought it would be a touch of symmetry to end it back in Vietnam. When it comes to bodies of water in Vietnam, most people will probably think of beautiful, relaxing, calming Halong Bay in the north (wow … I could’ve added that to H as well!). But I’m heading south, I want to take a look at the Mekong River and whats on offer there. Continue reading “Snapshot – Mekong”

List Lover

I know. I can sense the shock from you when you read that title. This is not the usual travel snapshot, giving you a brief insight into my visit to London or Luxor or someplace equally as wonderful. I fully intended to do that too. Then a couple of days ago I got thinking about all the comments left by my lovely readers and I noticed a reoccurring theme of the bucket list. Which got me thinking about the role of lists in my own everyday life. So … no travel today, just a post on the humble list. Continue reading “List Lover”

Snapshot – Krakow

It’s August 2016 and I’m only a week into my latest European trip when I find myself in the charming city of Krakow in Poland. Now, in fairness, Krakow was on my bucket list because of it’s proximity to Auschwitz (you can read about that visit here), but as I discovered, the old town has much to offer of it’s own to tempt travellers.  Continue reading “Snapshot – Krakow”

Snapshot – Jerash

Switching it up and heading to yet another destination for today’s A-Z Challenge post – Jordan! Specifically the ancient city of Jerash. For those not totally comfortable with their geography, Jordan is located in the Middle East. It shares borders with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine, and looks across the Red Sea to Egypt. And it is without doubt one of my favourite countries to visit – it’s has history to rival Egypt’s, vast and beautiful landscapes, sea frontages, mountains, and some of the most welcoming and hospitable people. Continue reading “Snapshot – Jerash”