More Bright Lights in Osaka Japan

This week I am continuing our Night Lights of Osaka tour. We love to wing it on holidays and our two weeks in Kyoto in November 2014, were very much a holiday.  Only an eight hour flight from Cairns in North Queensland, Japan is a “close” destination for Aussies, as opposed to Europe which often […]

November 2013 – 2104 Budget Travel Talk

  It is hard to believe that we are well into the month of December.  The perfect to time to reflect on the year.  I’ve  made a coffee so why don’t you join me for a recap of our budget travels from November 2013 to November 2014. November 2013 We returned to Australia from Turkey […]

Bright Lights in Osaka Japan

After days of rubbing shoulders with kimonoed ladies, admiring temple gardens and ringing Shinto Shrine bells, we awoke one morning blew off the incense and headed for the big smoke. The big city lights of Osaka. As always things were afoot at the Airbnb house we shared in Southern Higashiyama District of Kyoto.  With five rooms, house hellos […]

Tuesday in Townsville at City Lane

City Lane opened in June 2014 and is labelled as Townsville’s first creative laneway project. Melbourne has the finest laneway culture in Australia and City Lane is meant to encapsulate that feeling. In the CBD to purchase some Yen for our first trip to Japan, we took the opportunity to check it out. Arriving via […]

Kyotos Best Temple for Autumn Colours is…

  the Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji) – it’s that small temple on the left. I look forward to new experiences when we travel and the autumn foliage colours of Kyotos Temple gardens were certainly new to us.  This world of colours that changed weekly – daily even – were unknown in our tropical world at home and […]

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 […]