TAKE THE CROWN RANGE ROAD

Lonely Planet says of the Crown Range Road that links Wanaka to Queenstown in the New Zealand South Island: …it is a narrow, twisting-and-turning mountain road that needs to be tackled with care… Marty knows from experience that when I read this we were going to take it!  Although I do not love scary roads […]

INTERVIEW WITH FELLOW AUSSIE, JAKE TURNER

I have always intended Interviews to be an important part of the Budget Travel Talk experience. ***DRUM ROLL*** First cab off the rank is our long time friend and occasional co-traveller, Jake Turner,  who thrives on getting to know the local people and food.  He is interested in life stories and I can’t wait to […]

MONTREAL – TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVES

Torn between the two! In Montreal, we stayed at Auberge Alternative , in a private room for two people for $85.00 a night all up including a breakfast of Cereal or the Montreal favourite – bagels, spreads, freshly brewed coffee/tea and juice. Situated in Old Montreal, the renovated factory, overflowed with character.  Reception was on […]

LAID BACK IN LUSCIOUS, LUANG PRABANG

Marty and I had been looking for such a place to kick off our three month RTW trip.  He had long wanted to visit Canada and being such a large country we had allocated seven weeks for it alone, while I had Luang Prabang, Italy and New York in my sights, so we bought a […]

MANGOES FOR CHRISTMAS

If you live where mangoes are grown, in our case North Queensland, and don’t like them, then you are being ripped off.  It is only when the smell of ripening mangoes fills my kitchen that I know Christmas is really here. Locally, most people eat Bowen Mangoes as the mango of choice.  That is because […]

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 railing.  […]

ANSE ST-JEAN, QUEBEC (A PICTURE…)

Instead of the old saying  “A picture is worth a thousand words” I’ve coined a new one  “A picture can lead to a hundred words”. In 2010 we spent two months in Canada and as part of that trip we drove a hire car from Quebec City along the picture perfect northern banks of the […]

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 holidayers but although we still have many wonderful memories of holidays spent there, we now agree that Coolum is Cool. 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 […]