Where to stay in Kyoto

When some budget Australia/Japan flights arrived in our inbox recently we decided it was time to get acquainted with traditional Japan, aka Kyoto. But first we needed to find budget accommodation and I can tell you that finding a block of two weeks in the one place is very difficult in Autumn – Kyoto’s second […]

A Lisbon Dilemma or Fado in Alfama

Fado is to Portugal like Flamenco is to Spain, and while  Seville is the place to watch flamenco so Alfama is the place to Experience Fado. In Seville, Spain, we watched Flamenco at a free venue, that made it’s money out of booze and was reminiscent of a low wide Aussie sheep shearing shed.  Not […]

Tuesday in Townsville Taylors Beach Road Trip and Mini Break

Just 137km north of Townsville on the banks of Victoria Creek the small community of Taylors Beach is perfect for a boating mini-break.  Home to the week-ender, holiday and retirees’ homes, community life revolves around fishing and crabbing. On a day such as the one in the photo below, the still waters of the creek blend […]

The Thrill of Discovery in Turkey

My earliest memories of adventure reach back to my knobbly kneed five year old self, a hobby horse, a treasure map, my older brother, friends and the wide open grasslands that surrounded our home. Leaving CANAKKALE. Overlooking the Dardanelles. The guinea grass grew tall in the abandoned land on the suburb’s perimeter down near the […]

Canakkale on the Dardanelles

You might say that our affinity with living near water meant we were destined to fall in love with Canakkale in North-Western Turkey, but as we were driving north from Bozcaada Island, it was difficult to form a mental picture of the town. Australians are taught about Gallipoli during WWII as a significant part of […]

Tuesday in Townsville at the 2014 Glencore Greek Fest

Last Saturday (11th October) we had a blast at the Glencore Greek Fest at Riverway Townsville.  Having missed the event last year, nothing was going to stop us attending this time around. The Greek Fest is a sponsored event and the facilities were as usual excellent.  We first noticed workmen erecting the huge marquees and […]

Tuesday in Townsville or Relaxing Wongaling Beach Style

It is no secret that Marty and I live in North Queensland, Townsville to be precise, and that we love all things beachy – boating, fishing, swimming, sandcastles, picnics, beach-combing… you name it. On a RECENT MINI-BREAK at Mission Wongaling Beach we enjoyed our favourite beachy pursuit – strolling.  Those long morning and afternoon strolls, gave us time […]

A Bozcaada Island Affair

Our affair with BOZCAADA ISLAND was never going to be long term – just one night – but that didn’t mean it was not enjoyable. Following an afternoon fling around the island in the rental car and refreshments at our favourite cafe (if indeed we could claim a favourite after so short a visit), we browsed […]

Visit Townsville in Springtime

Townsville has exploded into Spring. Yesterday I took my camera and my dog for a walk down by the Ross River. The native bottlebrush trees had shed their workaday demeanour and dressed themselves in flowers.  Some surrounded their new flowers with a flush of pale green Spring leaves. These same trees have proven abilities to […]

Bozcaada the Barren

35 minutes from Geyikli, below the Dardanelles on the west Coast of Turkey,  lies Bozcaada Island – literally the Barren Island. We had visited Cunda Island 130km to the south the previous day, but being connected via causeway to the mainland it lacked true Island status. Bozcaada on the other hand stood alone, approachable only by ferry […]