Tuesday in Townsville and a Mini Break at Mission Beach

Townsville is well positioned to sample the delights of life in North Queensland. Just off-shore is our special Maggie, formally known as Magnetic Island; while driving an hour or so west leads to Charters Towers or Charlies Trousers an old gold mining town; and it’s only an hour south to our latest favourite fishing spot of Morris Creek. a mangrove […]

Cunda or Alibey a Turkish Agean Island

Magnetic Island 8km offshore from my hometown in Australia is considered a suburb of Townsville as well as an easily accessible holiday destination for locals.  Cunda (Choonda) Island offshore from Ayvalik on the North Agean Coast of Turkey is like that.  Even better, it is connected by a 8 km Causeway (built in the late […]

Ayvalik an Agean Seaside Town in Turkey

Ayvalik on the North Agean Coast of Turkey was once an Ottoman Greek Town. After the Turkish War of Independence and an agreement in 1923, the remaining residents of Ayvalik (Ayvali) and their properties were exchanged with Turkish Muslims raised and living in Greece.  For a long time after the exchange Greek was therefore still the […]

Lycian Tomb viewing in Fethiye

More than a few Lycian tombs congregate on the Mountain just south of the centre of Fethiye in the Mugla Province of what is modern day Turkey.  The highest and largest of the Tombs was built in 350 BC when Fethiye was known as Telmessos, one of the city-states that formed Lycia.  An inscription on […]

Monkeys by the Angkor Wat Moat

Driving by the moat after a full day spent viewing Angkor Wat, the Bayon (smiling faces) in Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom (overgrown by trees), we spontaneously asked our Tuk Tuk driver to stop.  We wanted photos of the moat from here where it had a dreamlike quality and then our guide Borith mentioned there […]

Angkor Wat is Heaven on Earth

About. Angkor Wat is the earthly embodiment of Mt. Meru the home of the Hindu Gods – or Heaven on Earth.  The Hindu Trinity comprises Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Sustainer and Shiva the Destroyer. The largest religious complex in the world began life as a Hindu but is now – like 95% of Cambodians […]

Sihanoukville Sunset

Having spent all day at Otres Beach Sihanoukville’s quiet beach option we found ourselves lounging on Pappasan chairs some 10km away on Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville, hoping for a stunning sunset. It did not look promising.         45 minutes later we were enveloped in a purple glow and then suddenly the sky was dark. […]

Otres Beach Sihanoukville’s Quiet Option

Sihanoukville is a fairly laid back kind of place, casual enough in fact to be safely referred to as Snook. We loved Snooks’ restaurants and cafes – me because I could stuff myself with lemongrass and ginger scallops BBQ’d in the shell – and Marty because whilst patiently foot tapping in an alfresco jewellery shop […]