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 railing. Anything falling from this line is not going to be reclaimable, it is going to end up on someone’s roof or in the creek below (we lost one sock!). Vertigo strikes when I hang the washing on the line!
Drinking/eating/diary writing time in the afternoon sun on the balcony is becoming a daily affair. It is so hot I have changed out of my long sleeved t-shirt. The birds are soaring high in the sky, yet they are level with our …
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 will know I recently added two photos of the bridge at Anse St-Jean, Quebec, Canada. You may think this was a straight forward two minute activity.
But no, I found the photo easily enough in my 2010 Trip File, but I had no idea of the name of the village it was in. I read my diary, but it was a slack day and I had managed to go from St. Simeon to Lac Saint Jean, in two sentences, so that was no help. I looked up …
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 boards on the southern approach told us we were headed for an authentic mural town, a tidy towns winner and a Home of Festivals.
Bowen is also famous for hosting the filming of the movie Australia in 2007. Actually, we were heading for Horseshoe Bay, where an off-set Hugh Jackman was often seen enjoying the surf with his family. Horseshoe Bay is exposed to the Easterly winds and does get waves in a North Queensland kind of way. We did not swim as we didn’t have our …
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 handy living next door to the station – we picked up a $10 family pass and caught a train to the ferry jetty. Just in time for the 9.15 a.m. ferry which was a similar set up to the Staten Island Ferry in that you walked on one end and off the other. 15 minutes later we landed on Centre Island, part of the Toronto Island Park in Lake Ontario. The sky had a strange haze in it, making it hard to see where the lake finished …
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.
This trip we decided to stay at Coolum, a beach we have often visited when at Peregian. At Peregian Beach, prime holiday properties cluster on the ocean side of David Low Way, the coastal highway which hugs the coastline from Bli Bli on the Maroochy River to Noosa in the North. Everyone wants to stay and live on the ocean side. A small unremarkable three bedroom house with no view but an easy walk to the beach was listed for sale at …
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 was a bread substitute called Damper which looks like a huge scone. If you are tough you could cook it like the aboriginals used to – straight in the ashes of a fire, but most people nowadays cook it in a camp oven (a cast iron pot with lid) placed amongst the coals of a burnt down fire.
Originally the recipe was only flour, water and salt, but modern recipes tweak it a little. We always cook one when we go camping, especially if there are a …
Try out some of the beauty products made with natural products, like my Sis-In-Law.
Be intrigued by how an old fashioned brew is new
Ponder the giant chess pieces
Try some local bread or healthy date and nut cake
Wish my kitchen was big enough for one of these
Buy some locally grown and produced olive oil, infused with chilli and lemon
Taste before you buy an enormous German snag on a bun
Indulge in the best calamari you have ever tasted. So nice we forgot to take a photo till we had demolished most of it!
Whenever Kate (Marty’s sister) and I get together on the Sunshine Coast we always end up at the Eumundi Markets . We have great girlie fun, trying on clothes and lotions, and buying artworks, while Marty buys a paper, a coffee and relaxes in the entertainment area. But we have done …