Top Five Sunshine Coast Coffee Spots

It is three months since we shifted from Townsville in North Queensland to Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. In an attempt to find furniture for our home, we joined a Buy Swap and Sell Facebook group, which it seems, is a surprisingly easy way to become locals. We’ve clambered down steps to […]

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Carp Fishing Lake Bled Slovenia

A walk around Lake Bled in north-west Slovenia, offers breathtaking scenery of Mount Triglav and Bled Island with it’s romantic church of the Assumption of Mary. We both like exploring on foot and with a couple of hours up our sleeve, the 6.7km easy track made an offer too good to refuse. Here is an […]

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Peaceful arcades at Mirogoj Cemetery Zagreb

One of the most beautiful final resting places in Europe is situated in the leafy foothills of Mount Medvednica in the Croatian captial of Zagreb. Mirogoj Cemetery. Commenced in 1879 by architect Herman Bollé, the walls, arcades, pavilions and morgue took half a century to complete. The powerful brick wall of the Cemetery, topped by […]

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How to visit Eumundi Market

Our family are serial Sunshine Coast holiday-makers and no Robinson holiday is over without first having visited Eumundi Market, at least once. Hubby and I were discussing the other day why we keep coming back year after year – 20 years to be precise. In this post we discuss the Market’s success and advise how to […]

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Jellies at Coolum Beach

Jelly Blubbers are appearing like blobs of Alien gloop at Coolum Beach. I’ve seen bright blue Jellies before, but this batch is in the brown colour range. There are many different species with the biggest I’ve seen measuring 35 cm across, ranging down in size to a cute 6cm. Coolum Beach is on the Sunshine […]

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A Tropical Aussie Christmas Downunder

It seems like Christmas has turned into a divisive time of year. The threat of terrorism is rife and political correctness raises it’s head once again. Christmas is a happy time of year for us – one where we meet up with friends and family, enjoy good food and company, river swims and try to […]

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Kyoto Train Station and Christmas

Although only one in two million Japanese are Christians, the Festive Season is not overlooked in Japan.  In fact anything involving the national sport of shopping, is embraced with gusto and Christmas with it’s shining lights, trees, gifts and ornaments is enjoyed as a cultural event. I was particularly transfixed by the decorations for sale […]

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Ishiyama-dera Temple near Lake Biwa Japan

We were introduced to Ishiyama-dera Temple near Lake Biwa Japan by our Japanese friend Reiko. She collected us from JR Ishiyama train station and took us to Dinner in a Japanese Home but first we went to explore this important temple. It is situated in Otsu, the capital city of Shiga Prefecture, on the south-western shores of […]

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Dinner in a Japanese Home

Because Japanese homes are so intimate in size, entertaining traditionally takes place at a restaurant or bar. Therefore we were surprised and pleased to be invited for dinner at the home of our friend’s mother, who lived in a prefecture close to Kyoto. Our hosts seemed as excited for us to be in their home as […]

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An Aussie Sunday Drive Mullumbimby to Uki

I can’t think of a better route choice for that popular 1950’s Aussie tradition of the Sunday Drive, than the one from Mullumbimby in the rainbow region of northern New South Wales through the Mount Jerusalem National Park to Uki. What’s in a Name? Mullumbimby – Known locally as Mullum. Uki – The original European settlers […]

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