Author Archives: John Rose

Great Expectations

We decided to leave a bit early and scope out the docks before catching our boat ride at 11am. Quickly we discovered that the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Waterfront is more than just a few piers. With over 450 shops, museums, restaurants and hotels and covering over 300 acres of the shoreline – a city […]

Beyond Good and Evil…The Streets of Cape Town’s Past.

As mentioned in our previous post on Bo Kaap Cape Town’s past belongs to one company – the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC)). In the words of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats; All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born. We would spend that morning exploring the streets of Cape […]

Kaleidoscope

One of the best ways to explore a new city is to join a walking tour. This allows a more up close and personal experience as you traverse the streets and squares and fully immerse yourself in the sights and the sounds. The best walking tours are the Free ones. The guides working for tips […]

Table (mountain) for two!

“So. What plans did you have for today?” Eight words. A question. An endless supply of possibilities. We were just after finishing breakfast when our friendly host posed an enquiry. An opening gambit on the chess board of our new adventure. Before we could formulate a response constructed from our lists and research she followed […]

Sculptures by the Sea Part 3: Revenge of the Silt

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life – Samuel Johnson Had he been born a few centuries later,  Johnson’s quote could equally be attributable to the city of Sydney. With another October (our third here) looming we were certainly not tired of life or Sydney and we geared ourselves up […]

Peninsular Living

Our last day in Auckland was set to be a jam packed one. With a break in the weather we had an opportunity to see another suburb of Auckland – the seaside village of Devonport.  Located 15 minutes by ferry, Devonport is one of the oldest suburbs and was built on and around two volcanic […]

On an Island in the Sun…

On an island in the sun We’ll be playin’ and havin’ fun And it makes me feel so fine I can’t control my brain   Ah, good old Weezer. A great song and our expectation for today’s trip. When we planned our trip to Auckland we decided that we would need to go and see […]