ITALIAN DIARY ENTRY 24/4/2010

  I am sitting in the afternoon sun on a little balcony approx. 3 ft (1 metre) wide that is attached to the kitchen of our rented house in Ceriana, Liguria.  There is just enough space for a tiny round table and two metal/timber chairs.  A clothes line is attached to the outside of the […]

ANSE ST-JEAN, QUEBEC (A PICTURE…)

The adage  “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the idea that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image.  But I would like to add a new adage “A picture can lead to a hundred words”. For those readers who also follow Budget Travel Talk’s facebook page, you […]

ONE NIGHT IN BOWEN

On our homebound dash north from Coolum Beach to Townsville, we made two stops.  The first at Rockhampton to visit our friends and the next at a beach outside of Bowen. I  was emphatic about wanting to visit Bowen as we always seem to bypass it in our hurry to get to other destinations.    Bill […]

TORONTO DIARY ENTRY

24/5/10 We are staying at Global Guesthouse at 9 Spandina.  The Spandina Subway Station is next door, and I mean right next door.  Our room was vibrating at 7.15 this morning.  At first we thought it was an earthquake, but then worked out that it was the trains underground making the building vibrate! It is […]

COOLUM IS COOL

Historically we are Peregian Beach people not Coolum Beach people.  Peregian memories abound of family holidays spent on the beach, on the verandah of the Surf Club, and enjoying the intimate atmosphere of the village green around which a quirky mixture of expensive and cheap, cafes, book shops,  dress and  home decor boutiques are positioned. […]

AUSTRALIAN ICONS

Food is important in every culture.  The food that most people think of as Australian is the meat pie or a pavlova.  However, early settlers living isolated lives in the bush and drovers who spent long periods of time on the road eating only what they could carry, created the original iconic Australian dish. It […]