Category: Travel

  • Five Days At Olive’s Cottage – And A Long Lunch!

    Five Days At Olive’s Cottage – And A Long Lunch!

    This post continues on from: Strahan. After two days in Hobart and three in Strahan, we headed north to the Tamar Valley and Olive’s Cottage, our property at Windermere. We visit the cottage about four times a year, for four or five days each visit. Some of our time is taken up meeting up with our…

  • Strahan – Remarkable Remoteness!

    Strahan – Remarkable Remoteness!

    This post continues on 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…

  • Hobart to Strahan – The In-Between Bit

    Hobart to Strahan – The In-Between Bit

    This post continues from Hobart 2018. Visitors to Tasmania often make the mistake of thinking that they can whizz around the state in a few days; they soon find they are on the road for much longer than they anticipated. There are various reasons: Tasmania is a large island – bigger than Sri Lanka; it…

  • Hobart, 2018 – Looking Smart!

    Hobart, 2018 – Looking Smart!

    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…

  • Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

    Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

      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 – Mekong Delta

    Vietnam – Mekong Delta

      This post is a continuation from Hoi An Banh Mi – The World’s Best Sandwich? The Mekong Delta covers an area three fifths the size of Tasmania and has a population almost 40 times, at around 18 million. Like any delta it is flat with swampy and fertile regions bisected by numerous waterways. There…

  • India – Mumbai

    India – Mumbai

    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…

  • India – Goa

    India – Goa

    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…

  • India – Kerala Food

    India – Kerala Food

    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…

  • India – Kerala Reflections

    India – Kerala Reflections

    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,…