Tag Archives: UNESCO

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 […]

The Life Aquatic!

Ring Ring!…Ring Ring! The dream suddenly vanishes from John’s mind as he is dragged back into the real world. The telephone’s chimes as loud as any herald in proclaiming a new day. He jumps into life and runs across the room to the most inanimate of messengers. With a toad like voice he croaks into […]

Feeling Dainty in the Daintree

Over here we have the King Ferns, or Angiopteris evecta, one of the oldest ferns in the world. ‘How old?’ one might ask. When Vikings were invading the coasts of Northern Europe this fern was but a sapling Over the course of our travels we had visited a number of rainforests, from the jungles of […]

Two Let Loose on Cockatoo

“Hey! Where shall we go today?”, asked Karen. “It’s a nice day so we could go to Manly/Bondi/Balmoral/Northern Beaches?” replied John “Nah. Just grab your Opal card and the Go-Pro and let’s go explore…” The day began, as many do in Sydney, on a ferry. Karen’s idea was to go visit Cockatoo Island and have […]

Park Life

There’s two type of horses. The quick… and the hungry! We had a 15 minute window to get up, have breakfast and get in the van. Some of us were clever and showered the night before. Some of us were doubly clever and had clothes left out so we could get breakfast. This wasn’t the […]

Norman Stanley Fletcher…

Fremantle is a home for many things. One of these is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Prison. Today we would be exploring this establishment.   We signed up for the tour and after spending 20 minutes looking at the free galleries the hand bell was rung and we lined up with the rest of the […]

Borobo-busy!!

If the temples in Java are brothers, then Borobodur is the Big Brother to Prambanan. Borobodur a buddhist temple dating from the 8th Century is a truly remarkable place, so unique. Which was the downside.. it would be busy. But we here at JKRoaming thrive on adversity. To get here we needed to charter a […]

Washout!

On the way back to Kota Kinabalu we stopped outside the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mount Kinabalu (The highest mountain in the Crocker Range) We stayed at the side of the main road just down from the entrance to the mountain. We had flirted with scaling the 4095m summit but with torrential rain all […]

Peking Duck Hidden City

Today would involve walking and lots of it, our destination was the Summer Palace. This was once a playground for the imperial court fleeing the summer heat of the stifling Forbidden City. The palace grounds, temples, gardens, pavilions, Kunming lake with numerous bridges and gate towers is a beautiful landscape so much so that UNESCO […]

The Krypton Factor

After showing the taxi driver the bus tickets we were on our way to the station to catch the bus to the yellow mountains. Navigating the station was fun, every sign in Chinese and our tickets, purchased using our translator app at the post office were also in Chinese. We stood aimlessly staring at the […]

Hippy Hippy Shake

We have managed to tunnel under the Chinese Wall of Silence and can bring you some blog updates Sssssh! Transmission begins……… What happens when a bus has no suspension, is driven for 300km in the wrong gear and had dodgy tires? 6 hellish hours of our lives that we will never claw back! Oh and […]

Wat a town!!

Almost recovered from the party town of Vang Vieng we boarded the local bus to Luang Prabang. The journey was loooong and slooooow as we made the trip up the mountains.7 hours later and after several stops so the driver could deliver items and pick up friends, we finally arrived in the city.   Finding […]

Bhaktapur Future

two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one less traveled by Robert Frost   As the early morning rain filtered in through the gaps of the surrounding buildings we jumped into a beat-up Suzuki Maruti for the short ride to our next destination, the medieval town of Bhaktapur. Formerly the capital […]