Dubrovnik Planning Tips and Photos

Our three nights in Dubrovnik, Croatia, came on the tail of Ten Weeks in Europe 2015 trip. There is so much written about this Pearl in the Adriatic, yet when we were in the planning stages, I had difficulty knowing what to expect. Should we stay in the old walled city? Would the crowds spoil […]

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Ten photos above Dubrovnik from Mt. Srd and the Homeland War Museum

Dubrovnik is a grand town, built to impress and it is no surprise that my designated ten photographs taken from above, quickly grew to number thirteen. Mt. Srd with it’s Homeland War Museum and comprehensive views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic refused to conform. Dubrovnik’s roots are Medieval, but she is a modern day prima donna, who […]

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Australia is a bloody big country

Marty and I have travelled around Australia.  Not in one long drive, but a bit here and a bit there, mostly in Queensland because that is where we live. We’ve lived in Perth the Capital of Western Australia, but those were pre-blogging and pre-digital days so the photographic proof is sketchy to non-existent. Landing there […]

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Over the border into Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor

Sitting at the cafe on Crkvina Hill in Trebinje, savouring the last of our coffee and the admirable view, we cajoled ourselves into moving.  It was time to leave East Herzegovina and drive over the border into Montenegro and that day’s destination in the Bay of Kotor. But there was one last thing we wanted to […]

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Five ways to beat the heat in Townsville North Queensland

It’s no secret that Australian Summers are hot and where we live in Townsville North Queensland that is definitely the case. With temperatures etched into the 30’s and a humidity (85%) that looks better as a test result, I’ve decided to share five of my favourite ways to beat the heat. We’ve used these tips […]

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The Church on the hill in Trebinje BiH

Jovan Dučić is one of the favourite sons of Trebinje.  While other notable residents were historically either sports people, performers or rebel leaders he was a teacher, turned distinguished diplomat, who was even more well-known as a writer and poet. Today he lies buried in a purpose-built Church on the hill in Trebinje. One of three […]

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Best of 2015 Travel at Budget Travel Talk

Best New Travel Experience In 2015 we added a brand new Coromal Caravan to the Budget Travel Talk arsenal. This photo was taken at our first free camp at Notch Point Queensland.  Years ago we purchased an old van without amenities to see if we liked the lifestyle.  We did, but decided we needed to be self-sufficient […]

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Christmas in Australia and Grilling Fish on the Croatian Island of Vis

Christmas 2015 is looming and my thoughts are turning to preparing food for a combined family celebration in Australia.  All of Marty’s extended family will be home for Christmas and I know from past experience that the tables will be groaning under a mass of salads, prawns, ham, pork, chicken and roasted vegetables. A three metre pool […]

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Terme di Caracalla spa bath and Lunch at Al Callarello in Rome

Having ticked off the major sights of historical Rome, there is yet another fantastic site quite near the Palatino in the south that is worthwhile visiting.  I’m not sure why the ancient thermal baths complex of Terme di Caracalla, built in 212AD is not more popular. In a huge effort 9000 workers took five years […]

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Exploring the Rome Neighbourhoods of Aventino Testaccio and Ostiense

Until recently Aventino, Testaccio and Ostiense were not names that came to mind when I thought of Rome. On the other hand Trastevere, which translates to Beyond the Tiber (river), is a neighbourhood favourite with travellers and foodies alike.  It was there that we stayed in April 2015 during our 10 Weeks in Europe 2015 and […]

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