Palermo or Ziz

The Phoenicians founded Palermo back in 734BC naming it Flower, aka Ziz. It seems fair that Modern Day Palermo, known for it’s onerous traffic, glorious art, still active Mafia and challenging piles of garbage should own such a name. Marty, a firm believer in visiting Capital Cities, says you can’t gauge a country without visiting theirs. […]

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Escape to Cefalu

When the streets of Sicily’s Capital, Palermo, get a little too hot and gritty, it’s time to escape to Cefalu for some cool seaside relaxation. It’s true that in Summer you’ll be far from alone in your admiration of Cefalu’s long beach and cute streets, but at other times of year it has a more […]

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Lan Ha Bay Vietnam rival for Halong Bay

Cat Bay Island in Vietnam is a stepping off point to beautiful Lan Ha Bay. Karst islands litter Lan Ha Bay, like stepping stones in a giant playground meant for outdoor pursuits like climbing and kayaking. The quieter, more pristine waters of Lan Ha, rival and many say surpass, those of the descending dragon or Halong […]

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What to see and do in Vietnam plus Itinerary

Vietnam is an exciting country to visit. The people are friendly and inquisitive (especially in the south) the food is packed with flavour and there are some beautiful natural sights to be found. Food is very affordable, even in restaurants and decent accommodation is cheap. Although it can be said that travelling independently in Vietnam […]

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How to visit Eumundi Market

Our family are serial Sunshine Coast holiday-makers and no Robinson holiday is over without first having visited Eumundi Market, at least once. Hubby and I were discussing the other day why we keep coming back year after year – 20 years to be precise. In this post we discuss the Market’s success and advise how to […]

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Pula its More than a Roman Amphitheatre

Pula, home of Pula Arena, the fourth most famous Roman Amphitheatre in the world today, is the largest town in Istria and eighth largest in Croatia. Croatian Istria is that knob of land jutting out into the Adriatic just below that charming Slovenian port of Piran. The old centre of this friendly, walkable and interesting […]

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Pula a small Croatian town with a big Roman Amphitheatre

My interest in Pula came to life a few years ago when a friend visited on a month long trip through Croatia. He sent rave reviews -photos of tiny fish being cooked over the fire and served with a simple salad – the flavour divine. His stories of arriving in Pula by ferry and enjoying […]

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Jellies at Coolum Beach

Jelly Blubbers are appearing like blobs of Alien gloop at Coolum Beach. I’ve seen bright blue Jellies before, but this batch is in the brown colour range. There are many different species with the biggest I’ve seen measuring 35 cm across, ranging down in size to a cute 6cm. Coolum Beach is on the Sunshine […]

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A Tropical Aussie Christmas Downunder

It seems like Christmas has turned into a divisive time of year. The threat of terrorism is rife and political correctness raises it’s head once again. Christmas is a happy time of year for us – one where we meet up with friends and family, enjoy good food and company, river swims and try to […]

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Coolum Beach by Instagram

For those who didn’t know, we’ve uprooted ourselves from our home town of some sixty years and relocated to the Sunshine Coast just 98 km north of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State. It was a big move distance-wise, some 1,243 kilometres by road in fact, but in other ways it feels so […]

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