Tigers Nest And Tea With A Monk

A few hours after starting our trek early in the morning, we have reached the truly incredible Tigers Nest Monastery.  Trying to stop ourselves from taking a photo from every angle and every step, we wander through the monastery with our guide, learning about the importance of the history of this monument. Around a quiet corner…

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Tea With A Monk in Kyoto

After a few days of exploring Kyoto on the e-bikes provided by the hotel and doing a bit of Geisha spotting we thought it might be nice to see some of the countryside so we booked on another Urban Adventures Japan tour called Forest Spirits of Bamboo and Zen. We made our journey to the…

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Asian Inspiration

South-East Asia has to top the list of Australia’s most fascinating neighbours. Vastly different landscapes, cultures and traditions can all be found within a hop-skip-and-jump of each other; providing travellers with a rich array of things to see and do. Enchantment can come in the form of Thailand’s Lantern Festival, relaxation through a massage on…

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A Day Exploring Machu Picchu

Armed only with my iPhone, surprisingly this picture came out fantastically well. We were on a whistle stop tour through Peru’s many attractions, with our cruise ship waiting for us at the port in Lima. Despite the fact that we were a little tight on time, it didn’t dampen the grandeur and complex majesty of…

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Elephant Experience Chiang Mai

The show they put on at Chiang Mai’s elephant conservation centre was amazing! Its astonishing just how clever these animals are and so when they asked for a member of the audience to join in for a game of catch, my excited waves proved too much to ignore! Along with demonstrations of the elephants painting,…

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Sun Baked Pyramids

In retrospect, perhaps a black t-shirt was a bad choice as it was so damn hot! The heat didn’t however distract from my visit to the Pyramids of Giza. It’s impossible to describe just how grand and impressive these structures are and the mind boggles when trying to understand how they were built. This particular…

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Christo Rei Lisbon

Taking a trip up to the Christo Rei provided unbeatable views over the city of Lisbon. It was built to watch over the city’s inhabitants and at a height of 30 metres, it’s only 8 meters smaller than its counterpart – Rio’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, which was its inspiration. Along with beautiful blue…

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Beautiful Doors Of Salamanca

Famed to be host of the purest form of spoken Spanish, a thriving student population and renowned for its ornate sandstone carvings, the city of Salamanca in north west Spain was definitely going to be on my European itinerary. This beautiful door was one of many examples of the impressive architecture on offer and the…

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Sunny Day in Historic Madrid

After a morning spent taking in the atmosphere and riding bicycles around Madrid’s historic centre, we stopped to snap a quick photo in front of the beautiful Puerta de Alcalá.  A stone’s throw away from here is the Palacio de Cristal– a magnificent structure of glass and complex metalwork that caught the afternoon sun perfectly…

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