Tag Archives: Wanderlust

Full Nelson

We started our journey that morning by boat – crossing back across the Kenepuru Sound to our hire car, where we left it, parked next to the Te Mahia jetty. Our drive brought us back through Havelock and along Highway 6 towards Pelorus Bridge before we took a big right turn and the road to […]

North Shore Living: Kenepuru Sounds

After a day spent in Blenheim at the wineries we headed north. We had a rendezvous to get to. “Be at the pier at 1pm…no cops!*” That last bit was made up. What was not made up was our transition from State Highway 1 to State Highway 6 (the longest single Highway in New Zealand […]

Marlborough Man (and woman!)

Easter Sunday 2019 After a 300km+ car journey and the best ‘Fish and Chips’ lunch ever in Kaikoura we had made it to Wine Country – Marlborough. Named after General John Churchill, 1st Duke Of Marlborough, its dry climate and stark contrast between hot sunny days and cool nights have turned the region into the […]

Road Trip to Blenheim

April 2019 After breakfast we took a leasurely stroll towards our Car Hire pick–up. This took us north and through the heritage Street of New Regent Street. Opened in 1932 by the Mayor of Christchurch this small street of 40 units looked very cute. Different colour buildings in a Spanish Mission Style facade provide an […]

A Canterbury Tale…

April 2019 It had been a while since we had jumped across the Tasman Sea and visited the awesome New Zealand. On Previous trips we had visited North Island and spent time around Auckland. Then we had ventured down to Queenstown and spent a week there. Looking at the map it left us a huge […]

On an Island in the Sun….Bali

February 2019 Karen’s mum, Bernadette was taken on a surprise Asia Trip for her 60th Birthday in Feb 2019. The last leg of that trip was in Bali. Unbeknownst to her Iain and the girls had arranged to make this part a family trip with Laura and Dan flying out from Glasgow in secret and […]

Scotland Island – Small, Far Away

January 2019 The travel bug started for us when we realised that with both of our birthdays being in January ( a mere 4 days apart) we could get each other stuff for presents or we could spend the money on travel and explore the world together. About a week out from John’s Birthday, Karen […]

A Very Irish Christmas

December 2018 Normally when we fly into Dublin it is not the end of our journey, but the beginning of the end – a 3 hour car journey awaits us back to Midleton. This time would be different. We had one more stop to make before heading back to the Rebel County. 24km west of […]

Stuck in the Middle with Uluru

the world was a featureless place until the 10 ancestors (spirit people) of the Anangu came into being and travelled across the land, creating the features like Uluru that we see today. It represents the physical evidence of their time on the earth and is seen as one of their most dramatic and inspiring creations. […]

I am the Mountain, I am Mudgee

It was three and a half years since we first arrived in Sydney. In that time we had explored the city we had decided to call home for a while, gallivanted up and down the east coast, popped over to Tasmania, hopped up to Darwin and a few more places in between. But as for […]

The 96ers

Melbourne, like all Australian metropolitan areas it seems, has access to some beach areas. One of the more famous of these is a place called St. Kilda. With the weather behaving we decided to risk going down there and checking it out. St. Kilda was named after the schooner The Lady of St. Kilda (which […]

Call me Ishmael…

Standing across from Albany City and the King George Sound is an area called Frenchman’s bay. It is here that today’s adventure would take place. We drove down the peninsula all the way to a place called Whale World. As we got to the car park Karen noticed the fuel gauge on empty. Making an […]

You only Sling when you’re winning!

It was time to bid farewell to KL, it had been good to us. We felt almost normal again and ready to hit the road to Singapore. We boarded the 10am bus and travelled in style across the border from Malaysia. The Singaporeans obviously like their comforts and this bus was no exception- a massage, […]

Filters and Fashion

The first of our activities alluded to in our last post was a visit up the Mekong river to see the caves at Pak Ou. The previous night the water would not work in the shed so we were moved to another room. Sitting at our breakfast we were told that we would have to […]

The Elephants went in two by two…

Hurrah hurrah! We had arrived early in Thekkady – a town that straddles Periyar National Park. It would be our first chance to experience some wildlife in India. After a bumpy TukTuk ride we arrived at our destination for the day. The plan was simple: ride an elephant and then clean it. Unfortunately we hadn’t […]