Strahan – Remarkable Remoteness!

Robin Boyle Australian, Fish & Seafood, Recipe, Travel

toThis post continues from: Hobart to Strahan – The In-Between Bit. Strahan has, on average, 15 clear days a year. On our visit we had three of those – just fabulous weather, as the photos attest. It was our first visit to Strahan in over fifteen years, and while much was the same, there was much that was different. In …

Hobart, 2018 – Looking Smart!

Robin Boyle Australian, Travel

In early December we had two nights in Hobart. Over the last decade we have noticed the changes as the city transforms itself into a most agreeable meld of old and new; where nothing much seems to jar. It is by any standards one of the most impressive waterfront cities anywhere. It is an almost perfect destination: easy to drive …

Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

Robin Boyle International Travel & Photos, South East Asian, Travel

  This post is a continuation from Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is relatively well off compared to its northern city counterparts. With its large stock of colonial style buildings from the period of French occupation, combined with modern developments, it exudes confidence. There are plenty of reminders of the Vietnam War that lasted twenty …

India – Mumbai

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Goa Many cities have an iconic feature. For Mumbai, perhaps it’s the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. It became famous worldwide because of the terrorist attack of 2008. There are few other features to rival it. The new international airport has a gorgeous interior. However, on the way in from the airport the traveller will notice the extensive slums …

India – Goa

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Kerala Cuisine Goa was one of the destinations we had all wanted to visit at some stage in our lives, and so once the whole itinerary was finalised we sent out the announcement: “We have a Goa!”. We spent three nights there, staying at the Taj Holiday Village. It was perfect for us with its extensive grounds, a …

India – Kerala Food

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Kerala Waters Kerala is the most southerly western state of India and its coastline is part of the fabled Malabar Coast. It has its own cuisine, with influences from traders and settlers from Arab, Mediterranean and European countries dating back thousands of years, along with their religious influences including Christian and Jewish. With the arrival of Vasco da …

India – Kerala Reflections

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Colombo Kerala is the most southerly western state of India. Three fifths the size of Tasmania in area, it has over sixty times the population, with 34 million people! Its coastline is part of the fabled Malabar Coast. The coast south of Kochi is low-lying, with extensive areas of freshwater and saltwater rivers, canals, lakes and lagoons. For …

Sri Lanka – Colombo

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Galle Colombo has the typical features of large Asian cities: the traffic, street sellers mixed in between grand buildings, the smells, the throngs on the sidewalks… Estimates of the number of people vary but it seems there are around 2 million in the greater Colombo area. The Sri Lankan capital has its fair share of religious and memorial …