Anzac Day and Gallipoli Memories

The Gallipoli Peninsula. The Peninsula is in the Thrace region, in the Northern or European part of Turkey.  The Peninsula is washed on one side by the Agean Sea and on the other by the Dardanelles, the narrow strait that connects the Marmara Sea with the Agean.  It is visited by thousands of Australians and […]

Spotlight on Townsville

  Townsville sits on the East Coast of Australia in the curve of Cape Cleveland overlooking the Coral Sea. A Cape Cleveland sunrise marks the start of our day in Townsville.   Morning is as good a time as any to meet the colourful and noisy locals as they search the Bottle Brushes and the […]

Tuesday in Townsville or Chinese with a Downpour

It was all Marty’s fault.  He went and declared the wet season over on a recent afternoon walk.  I knew then and there that we were in for more rain. On Saturday 12th April with Cyclone Ita situated somewhere up near Cairns we went to dinner at the Capitol Regent Chinese restaurant in the City.  […]

Tortum to Dogubayazit in Eastern Turkey

Day 3 of our Eastern Turkey Road Trip dawned in Tortum, a small town we had not heard of prior to our arrival the evening before.  We had stayed late in the day hunting Georgian Churches and assumed it would be easy to find a place to stay.  It was not. We asked around. Pansiyon? […]

The Strangest Food I’ve Eaten While Traveling or a Cup of Pink Pickled Cabbage

I am so glad BootsnAll posed the question: What is the Strangest Food You’ve Eaten While Traveling? for Day 10 of #Indie30 challenge. Answers I Considered. Poutines? – Only Canadians think they are not strange. Insects? – Nuh – 80% of the World’s cultures eat them. Liver and Pineapple Salad? – While these two ingredients […]

Kampong Pluk A Fishing Village on Stilts

We decided on the spur of the moment to visit Kampong Pluk a fishing village on Tonle Sap some 30 km south-east of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Borith, the same friendly guide we used for our Angkor Wat experience, accompanied us on a day trip to Beng Melea a smaller version of Angkor Wat some 68 […]

World Travel Changed my Opinion

For BootsnAll’s #Indie 30 this post also describes my Worst Travel Experience. I cut my world travel teeth backpacking through the U.K. and Europe in my early twenties. Traveling by myself I learned to communicate with locals, organize my own travel, make friends on the road and have a bloody good time in the process.  […]

Sihanoukville Market Cambodia or Phsar Leu

The business district of Sihanoukville Cambodia is on a small hill with the beach areas of Serendipity, Ochheuteal, Sokha, Independence and Victory spread below like a skirt front, while our favorite beach Otres is 5 km away on the outskirts.  Phsar Leu or Market Upper is central in the upper town, and is so named […]