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Saigon – it’s full

January 30, 2012 1 comment

Over the next couple of days we widened our circle in the city, visiting first the Green Emerald Pagoda. In the guide book, they described this serene, leafy, intricate temple – we came on a festival day and it was crazy. As soon as we were out of the taxi we were nearly mown down by scooters, pushed up against the bird cages and the vats of fish and turtles.

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Cairns

December 15, 2011 4 comments

We have a brief pit stop in Cairns before our flight back down to Brisbane and end up on the national news.

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Mossman and the Crocs

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

For our second “event” from Port Douglas we hired a car and headed up into the rainforest and Mossman Gorge. We thought the Amazon was a pretty authentic rainforest, and it is, but we now find out it is a relative newcomer. The Amazon is barely 60 million years old, whilst the pristine rainforest here has been in continued existence for 400 million years! Still, none of the trees are over 3000 years old so it hardly matters.

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Pacific Coast Highway

November 7, 2011 1 comment

Leaving Coromandel behind on the “highway”, we head over towards the Pacific Coast. The star attractions here are Cathedral Cove and Pye Pye Hot Spring Beach. We stayed by the edge of the beach on Huhai, using it as a base to explore Cathedral Cove.
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Three Strikes but we’re out!

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Little did we realise as we got up on the day of our departure, but we were into the first day of three days of Greek National strikes to protest at the austerity measures. Public transport was ALL on strike. With this new information we walked into the city and tried to glean information from various street vendors, restaurant owners and via text, to find out that whilst trains, buses, trams and the metro were all on strike, taxi and air traffic control were still operational but on a work to rule basis.

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Moni Prevelli

September 15, 2011 1 comment

As encounter more and more of the local culture, interspersed with frequent trips to the sea to cool down, we head on upto the famous Prevelli Monastry.Still inhabited by monks and as a working monastery, it offers a glimpse of life as a monk. It is soon clear to me, that I would be a rubbish monk, isolated on the side of a barren hill, dressed all in black (even though it is 35 degC and burning sunshine) no nuns to feast ones eyes on, and to rub the monastic simplicity in even further, have to watch the abbott dressed in resplendent gold 5 times a day.

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Discovering the Venetian Bridges

September 12, 2011 1 comment


With the basic idea of the lay of the land, and a 20 year old German map we head off on a longer car trip over into the Amari Valley. The map has a habit of showing roads that are not there, and then missing the blatantly obvious ones that are there, so a gentle drive can be a game of Russian Roulette. (That is not to mention the dicing with death driving that all the Greeks tend to engage in, exemplified with all the roadside shrines).

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