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Japan Part 4: Chronicles Of Nara

Our next stop on our Japan Journey was the Old Imperial Capital City of Nara in the Kansai Region. The younger sister city to neighbouring metropoli / metropolises / metropoles* of Osaka and Kyoto. The only challenge was that we were 400km away, and on another island. 3 Trains and a ferry later and we […]

Japan Part 3: Miyajima Island

Our next destination would be the nearby island of Itsukushima. It is more popularly known as Miyajima “Shrine Island” and is famous for its large Tori Gate Shrine – Itsukushima Shrine. To get there would involve a train, a boat and a walk to our Ryokan (a Japanese style Inn). It was decided that we […]

The Way It Should Be

After spending an afternoon snorkeling at Julian Rocks we had earned a drink. Of all the gin joints in all the world we would be walking into one shed in particular. Nestled in a corner of an industrial estate just off one of the main roads out of Byron Bay is the place where a […]

Hamiltons Down Under

2006: After spending a number of weeks on the well trodden backpacker trail south from Cairns, Karen and her pals – Sarah and Lori, made the decision to fly from Brisbane to Sydney. The bold move would cut out a good chunk of the New South Wales coastline but it would allow them to make […]

Sculptures By the Sea 4: Citizens on Patrol

October 2017 Welcome to our 4th annual report from the Eastern Suburbs. It’s October in Sydney and that means one thing. Sculptures by the Sea. We would once again be joined by our fellow Art Critic (and occasional Art purchaser) Adam. As always we would be taking the South to North route starting at Tamarama […]

Brisbane Part Deux: Koalas, Kofte and Art

Sunday morning brought both sunshine and a change of scenery as we departed the urban jungle of the Brisbane CBD for the leafy suburbs. Fig Tree Pocket is the riverfront home to some of Queensland’s most expensive houses but it has another feature we would spend most of that day exploring. We took the boat […]

Into the West

It was one of those glorious Irish Summer days, the entire southwest of the country basked in glorious overcast weather. The scales between catching pneumonia and sunstroke were in perfect balance. Perfect weather for a day trip. After wolfing down some breakfast we moved as a family unit to the car outside. Before we knew […]

Top End Book End

  …The only shining light ahead was not the fading sun but that we would not be going straight back to the hotel but somewhere else. Find out in the next post… We were dropped off at the wrong side of the road and as our bus and guide pulled away our destination was revealed […]

Florence and the Marines

Another early morning start for J&K with a 6.30AM pickup. As alluded to in our first Darwin post, one of the key attractions to the city is it’s proximity to a heap of National Parks and wildlife. We decided on a Day Trip to Litchfield Park as it was close enough that we would spend […]

Defence of the Realm

Phew, it was open. Originally conceived as a museum dedicated to Australian Artillery and to contain photographs and artefacts from Darwin’s History during World War 2 – it quickly grew to include all facets of that War including a plethora of Vehicles, Weapons and exhibits dedicated to the Vietnam War and other theatres of conflict. […]

NT: The Final Frontier

Australia consists of a number of States and Territories – 8 if you are counting. We live in one of these (New South Wales). Have spent a number of weeks exploring another 3 (Tasmania,Western Australia and Queensland). Weekend breaks to another 3 (Victoria,ACT and South Australia). That leaves only 1 more. Can you guess which […]

TBT: Sydney Vivid 2017

Some of you may recall the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera:a mystery never fully explained. We are told, ladies and gentlemen, that this is the very chandelier which figures in the famous disaster. Our workshops have repaired it and wire parts of it for the new electric light Perhaps we can frighten […]

Spirit of Anzac

Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in a soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace – Kemal Ataturk Starting in September 2015 in the border city of Albury-Wodonga, the Spirit of Anzac : Centenary Experience had spent the previous 16 months travelling across the country and telling […]

Close Encounters of the Furry Kind: A Day at Australia Zoo

On our second trip up to Noosa – which included Cameron and John Rose Senior – we decided to do a day trip – to get out of Noosa Heads and head south. We had one destination in mind! Located around 70km south of Noosa and on the hinterland side of the Bruce Highway is […]

To Sydney With Love

With visitors in town it provided a great excuse to dust off the camera and take a few snaps of everyday Sydney. The local haunts and happenings that we take for granted on a daily basis. Living so close to Sydney Harbour we have a lot of wonderful things and places on our doorstep. The […]