About Townsville Alligator Creek Reflections

About Townsville? This is the first post under the banner of About Townsville which has replaced the old Tuesday in Townsville. I’m busy posting photos under the hashtag #AboutTownsville on Instagram, facebook and twitter. You can read previous posts under the banner of Tuesday in Townsville HERE. Hot and Humid Since the two recent Queensland cyclones have […]

Nara I admire your lines and Lanterns

You might say that spending two weeks in a country is not long to absorb the culture, but I am fairly certain that I got one observation correct on our first trip to Land of the Rising Sun. Japan in Precise. The trees that grow in public places and temples are manicured, sometimes tended on hands […]

Deer and Daibutsu at Nara

When Japan came under imperial control way back in 710, Nara became it’s first Permanent Capital.  Yamato, as modern day Nara Prefecture was then known, was birthplace of the emperors and it’s name graced the bow of Japan’s World War II Flagship.  Prior to Nara, the Capital city changed with each Emperor’s death – due to Shinto beliefs. After […]

Hozugawa River at Arashiyama Kyoto

Arriving by train we followed the flow of people to a vast marshalling area beside the river.  While the area was practically empty in mid-November the thought of it overflowing with people was incredible. Arashiyama at the base of the Arashiyama mountains in Western Kyoto is well known for it’s rather small but impressive bamboo forest. However it is the […]

About Townsville

The Budget Travel Talk segment  Tuesday in Townsville  has had a change of name.   Let me know what you think about the new About Townsville Facebook Page  and remember to  Like It  if you do!   Mid January saw Townsville temperatures in the mid thirties, humidity in the high nineties and the Ross River […]

Galata is the best place for a first time stay in Istanbul

  Where is it?   Galata is the southernmost Neighborhood of Istanbul’s Beyoglu District. Some first time visitors choose to stay amongst the big name sights of Sultanahmet, but for our first week in Istanbul we chose the Galata Neighbourhood. Downtrodden and derelict in the 60′s it’s cobblestoned streets now hold an interesting collection of […]

Looking Through the Chu-mon Gate at Ninna-Ji

It was a mellower version of myself that looked through the pink Chu-mon Gate at Ninna-Ji Temple in Western Kyoto.   The Goten Complex had left me feeling so Zen, that as we walked through the Chu-mon, I failed to photograph the Cherry Blossom trees even though we stood before them discussing how they were a special […]

Ninna-Ji the laid back temple of Kyoto

As we walked from the train station my eyes were drawn to the imposing gates of Ninna-Ji. This was our first visit to a Japanese Temple and I couldn’t help wondering what awaited us on the other side of that huge gate, the Nio-mon.     These scary Nio, one either side of the gate […]

Kinkaku-Ji the Golden Pavilion of Kyoto

Serendipity has played a hand in our travels before and it did so again during our two weeks in Kyoto in early November 2014.  We had hoped to meet up with Reiko, a friend from Hiroshima whom we had met briefly years before in Australia.  Hiroshima was quite a distance from Kyoto and it didn’t seem […]

This Tuesday in Townsville we are Swimming in Paradise

Would you like to swim in Paradise? Yes? Then follow the Bruce Highway north from Townsville or South from Ingham and turn off at the Frosty Mango. Paradise Waterhole is a deep long pool situated in Big Crystal Creek. We like to swim in Paradise on Australia Day, the 25th January, but this year we were […]