Stumers Creek Dog Friendly Beach at Coolum Australia

There are more than 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia with 39% of households owning one. Aussies love their beach-time and want to share it with their four legged friends. Just walking the dog for half an hour daily is said to improve fitness, lower blood pressure, build stronger muscles/bones, lower stress levels and give […]

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Trapani in Photos

Being closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, the Sicilian fishing port of Trapani is an interesting place to walk around and photograph. Although it seems to be off the beaten path, Trapani is actually well connected by bus and train to the capital of Palermo, by air (Ryan Air and others) to the rest […]

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Palermo or Ziz

The Phoenicians founded Palermo back in 734BC naming it Flower, aka Ziz. It seems fair that Modern Day Palermo, known for it’s onerous traffic, glorious art, still active Mafia and challenging piles of garbage should own such a name. Marty, a firm believer in visiting Capital Cities, says you can’t gauge a country without visiting theirs. […]

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Escape to Cefalu

When the streets of Sicily’s Capital, Palermo, get a little too hot and gritty, it’s time to escape to Cefalu for some cool seaside relaxation. It’s true that in Summer you’ll be far from alone in your admiration of Cefalu’s long beach and cute streets, but at other times of year it has a more […]

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What to see and do in Vietnam plus Itinerary

Vietnam is an exciting country to visit. The people are friendly and inquisitive (especially in the south) the food is packed with flavour and there are some beautiful natural sights to be found. Food is very affordable, even in restaurants and decent accommodation is cheap. Although it can be said that travelling independently in Vietnam […]

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Pula its More than a Roman Amphitheatre

Pula, home of Pula Arena, the fourth most famous Roman Amphitheatre in the world today, is the largest town in Istria and eighth largest in Croatia. Croatian Istria is that knob of land jutting out into the Adriatic just below that charming Slovenian port of Piran. The old centre of this friendly, walkable and interesting […]

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Pula a small Croatian town with a big Roman Amphitheatre

My interest in Pula came to life a few years ago when a friend visited on a month long trip through Croatia. He sent rave reviews -photos of tiny fish being cooked over the fire and served with a simple salad – the flavour divine. His stories of arriving in Pula by ferry and enjoying […]

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Coolum Beach by Instagram

For those who didn’t know, we’ve uprooted ourselves from our home town of some sixty years and relocated to the Sunshine Coast just 98 km north of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State. It was a big move distance-wise, some 1,243 kilometres by road in fact, but in other ways it feels so […]

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Castelmola overlooks Taormina the star of Sicily

Since the 1860’s when the german artist Otto Geleng painted Ampitheatre at Taormina, encompassing the view of the Bay of Naxos and Mt. Etna, Taormina has been the star of Sicily. The town on a hill of the Monte Tauro in Eastern Sicily, has wonderful ocean views, is quaint, touristic and expensive with a stunning […]

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Hooked on Split Walking Tour Croatia

The fact that I have shared three posts in three weeks on this Croatian seaside town hints that I am seriously Hooked on Split. In previous posts I’ve explored the beaches and Diocletian’s Palace, but on this tour I’ve let myself off the Hook to take in the sights from the small boat port of Matejuška to Narodni Trg […]

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