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Lazing on Lake Garda: Part 2 – Malcesine & Mt Baldo

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It’s hard not to fall in love with Lake Garda and all it has to offer.  And it’s easy to explore some of the key places by simply hopping on a ferry ride around the lake. In the more remote northern part of the lake the scenery becomes more mountainous, and from an Australian’s point of view European mountains beat ...

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Lazing on Lake Garda: Part 1 – Limone

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A trip to Italy is not complete – well without a lot of things – but today’s focus is on the lakes.  A sojourn on one of the famous lakes, especially in summer can make you feel right at home in Italy.  It was probably here I decided that if I wasn’t Australian.. I would definitely liked to have been ...

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Chillin’ On Mykynos

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The Greek Islands are an amazing place if you just want to chill out. As we were doing a whirlwind tour around this part of Europe we had very little time to stop and really enjoy the atmosphere with only a couple of days available to us, however it was obvious from the start that these small islands with their ...

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Exploring Pompeii


I’ve always had a romantic fascination with Pompeii, duly brought on by Hollywood’s depiction of doomed and tragic lovers trying to escape the inevitable end. So of course a highlight of any trip to Italy would have to be a visit to the ruins… some of the best preserved in the world. We did a tour as part of a ...

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A Perfect Day in Cinque Terre

View of Riomaggiore from the Ferry

During our stay in Tuscany we decided to do a few day trips. And Scott was keen on testing his driving skills against the locals. Me – not so much but that’s a whole other story. So packing our swimmers, the camera, some snacks and a good pair of walking shoes, we headed north to Cinque Terre.  Let me point out ...

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Pamukkale – A Cotton Candy Fairy Tale


In a country that has some amazing sites the Cotton Candy Travertine Terraces of Pamukkale. rated in my top 3. And considering on our several month journey covering 14 countries Turkey was my favourite country, that rates it pretty high indeed! While visiting ancient ruins had been a major highlight of our months exploring the Middle East, we discovered some ...

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The Lost City of Troy


We reached Troy from the sea-side town of Canakkale, on the southern coast of the Dardanelles. It’s a colourful seaside town that we arrived at by ferry after leaving the battlefields of Gallipoli. Due to it’s high student population it has some atmospheric little bars and cafes down cobblestone lanes and along the waterfront promenade and can be a fun ...

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Sailing Croatia – Best week ever or over-rated?


It’s time for another Travel Adventure and today we are headed to one of my top 3 destinations on the whole planet.. yep that’s right the WHOLE PLANET. Now when we set off on our adventures, this was somewhere I was not really all that enthusiastic on (mostly to do with the demise of an Australian Backpacker a few years ...

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Ephesus: A City to Rival Rome

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One of my favourite places in Turkey was the ancient city of Epehesus – well their ruins at least. We were about a third of the way through our extended travels with Italy and Rome still to come.  So I was kind of blown away to come across ruins that would rival those of Rome in everyway. But not only ...

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A Trip to The Valley of the Kings Part 2: The Dos and Don’ts of Donkey Riding

In all honesty I could probably write a book on the dos and don’ts of animal transport in third world countries.  But the least favourite of all the animals I’ve had the pleasure of being transported by during my travels is – without a doubt – DONKEYS. So you remember that movie with the big green ogre who went off ...

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A Trip to The Valley of the Kings Part 1: Hot Air Ballooning


It’s time for another adventure and we are still taking a glimpse at the wonders that Egypt has to offer. There is just so much in this wondrous country and it is somewhere I have wanted to go since I was at school and we studied the history and mythology of Egypt. These days it can be a pretty dicey ...

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Weekends on the North Coast – Mt Warning Summit Trail

Every few years we get the energetic urge to climb to the summit of Mt Warning, on the beautiful Tweed Coast of Northern NSW.  Looking at the mountain from afar it is easy after time passes to forget the hard slog to get to the top.  Time that quickly becomes irrelevant once we are halfway up and remembering why we ...

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher


The place that marks the Crucifixion and burial site of Jesus is of course a must see on any itinerary to Jerusalem. The church itself is beautiful. Upon entry a staircase to the immediate right takes you up to the site of Golgotha. Here you can place your hand on the site where the cross stood. Sometimes there is a ...

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Weekends on the NSW Mid North Coast – South West Rocks

Sometimes we just don’t have the time or funds or energy to plan an overseas jaunt so we have a few go-to places locally that we fall back on. By locally of course I mean anywhere in Australia 🙂 The coastal stretch of NSW offers so many beautiful places to visit it is hard to pick a favourite, but over ...

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Bouddi Coast Walk – Putty Beach to Maitland Bay


It’s no secret I love getting away. Experiencing new cultures, people and places always brings me a sense of wonder. But sometimes it’s just as satisfying to get our into your own back yard and experience some of the wonders much closer to home. When I first moved to the Central Coast, Bouddi National Park and it’s beaches become one ...

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Szechuan – more than spicy food!

  Okay about five years ago as I was planning what I call our years of “Endless Summer” (we managed – through travels – to have two years without winter and very little autumn – I highly recommend it!) I discovered that – very pitifully – I had hardly seen any of the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage sites around the ...

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Italy – A Tuscan Treat

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I’ve been in love with Tuscany for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure if I’d seen it in old movies I used to watch with Mum on a Sunday afternoon, but I always had visions of the Tuscan countryside, beautiful blue skies, the never-ending rows of vines and the old stone towers of medieval fortresses rising from ...

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Weekends on the North Coast – Byron Bay Hinterland

You can’t stay in Byron Bay and not take a visit westward into the hills. There’s quaint villages, weekend farmers markets, and gorgeous places to go for picnics and take a bush-walk. There are spectacular views across the farmlands and wilderness and it has a beautiful slower pace. It even makes Byron, which is pretty laid back, feel like it’s ...

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Weekends in the Blue Mountains – The Three Sisters

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Okay we’ve been adventuring up north a while so thought I’d bring it a bit closer to home today. I’m always looking for great places, nearby, so I can plan sneaky romantic getaways for myself and hubby. If you are in or around Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a great option. A recent post by @samuel-earp-art on the Steemit blog site ...

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Take a Hike Why Don’t You!

Hikers crossing foot bridge

10 Top Trekking Holidays Ok, I love the idea of being fit on holidays..heck I even take my sneakers and gym gear with me when I travel and insist that I always have a gym in the hotel when I travel for work. I should know by now that gym gear takes up valuable shopping space – needlessly I might ...

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Cape Byron Walk – Byron Bay NSW

Beach and cliff at Byron Bay/Australia

The Cape Byron Walking track would have to be one of my favourite walks . As you wander along the track to the lighthouse you pass through rainforest, beach, grasslands and clifftops which have some of the most spectacular views in Australia. Cape Byron Walking Track Make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks for the walk – though ...

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Photo Blog: The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

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  During our backpacking stint around North Africa and the Middle East, we spent a fair amount of time in Turkey. There were so many great places but hanging around the old city, playing tourist in the morning and then playing local in the afternoons, in one of the many cafes with a glass of mint tea, a backgammon board ...

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UNESCO: The Great Wall

The Great Wall - Mutianyu section

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction II

Ghostly Prague

I don’t usually post twice in the weekly challenge.  My original post came from a bunch of reject photos I had all intentions of deleting – so I was inspired to go back through them to have a close look with a more objective eye. It’s amazing what you can come across.  Here are just a couple more that I’m ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

Sunset on The Mediterranean

This was taken through a window on our cruise ship on the Mediterranean.  The glass acted as a prism resulting in a double image of the sun. I pulled this out of my reject pile – having discarded it as less than perfect. Another reminder that everything has it’s place and reason 🙂 For more great examples of refraction visit The ...

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