All Aboard! Train Journeys Of Australia

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ever considered train travel here in your own backyard. Why? Why not? Travelling by rail has always had a nostalgic and even romantic feel about it. Those of us that are well-travelled know that in places like Europe, it’s the best way to see the countryside in a relaxed hassle-free way, without contending with road…

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Neon Night Food Tour

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A great way to discover some of Tokyo’s hidden gems is to do this small group tour. We were a group of eight plus Matt our tour guide, and we set off from a central meeting place in the bustling Shinjuku area. Matt, being a native American, had lived in Japan for the last 5…

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Visiting Hakone and Surrounds

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I had heard so much about the Hakone area, that it was a good chance to see and discover. From Tokyo, I travelled by bullet train to Odawara station; such a comfortable ride and so very fast. I then took a local bus to Ichinoyu Shinanoki, a Japanese inn where I was staying for the…

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The Japanese Alps

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

After a few days in the metropolis that is Tokyo, it was time to venture out and see the magnificent countryside, heading westwards towards the Japanese Alps. My day began taking a local train to Matsumoto for a brief stop to visit the ““Crow Castle” for its distinctive black walls, surrounded by an impressive moat….

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A Hopeful Day in Soweto

Friday, September 20, 2019

While staying with friends in Pretoria, we took the opportunity to take a small group tour to the well-known township of Soweto. Our tour guide, Sunny, picked our group up from Sandton Train Station.  He is a local that had lived in the township all his life – so we were in good hands. Upon…

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A Solemn Visit to Robben Island

Friday, September 20, 2019

On my first full day in Cape Town, after a long flight from Melbourne via Hong Kong.  I planned to visit Robben Island.  Famous for its historic prison, it was just a 45 minute boat ride from the beautiful V&A Waterfront.  I was concerned about the weather as it can be a little unpredictable and…

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Daring Devil’s Pool

Friday, September 13, 2019

Victoria Falls is renowned for some high adrenalin activities. One such activity is to visit Livingstone Island and swim in Devil’s Pool. I was transferred from the hotel, over the border into Zambia to the historic and luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel on the Zambezi River, where I met the guides. From here, I boarded a…

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Elephant Encounter

Friday, September 13, 2019

After spending some time in South Africa, seeing many of the animals from a distance, it was time to get up close and personal. We were transferred from our accommodation at the Victoria Falls Safari Suites to the elephant sanctuary which is run by local company Wild Horizons. Upon arrival, we were briefed on the…

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A Day On The Mighty Mekong River

Thursday, December 27, 2018

  We had an early start from the hotel. I was staying at the Pullman Saigon Centre, which was well located in District One near the famous ‘Backpacker Street’. Setting off in a small mini-van, it was a long two-hour drive to get to Cai Be, where we boarded our local wooden motor boat. These…

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