Mungo National Park was a fascinating place to visit. All the roads into the park are unsealed becoming impassable after rain, so it was fortunate I was in the area while it was dry. The roads can be rough in parts so if you think your car is delicate best to go in somebody else’s … More A Look Into the Past
Sometimes its easy to forget how big this country actually is. This extract from the Lonely Planet gives some perspective, “London to Moscow or Perth to Adelaide? There’s not much difference distance wise. The 2,700km Eyre Highway crosses the southern edge of the vast Nullarbor Plain connecting Perth to Adelaide” That’s where I have been, making … More Thoughts on the Nullarbor
Some days in New Zealand I have seen more sheep than people. Although I suspect this one thought he was concealed by a rock. Either way I feel he was approaching the day on his terms. There are many (mainly bad) jokes about the number of sheep in New Zealand relative to the number of people … More What are EWE laughing at?
Not sure my bum will ever be the same again There are a few journeys that have left indelible marks on my memory. One was many years ago in Cambodia, driving to the Thai border. We bumped along for hours cramped in a small bus, with numerous punctures and long delays at the sides of … More Take a run and jump she said!
Flores was a very gentle introduction to Guatemala. Late breakfasts, long lunches, great coffee and fresh mojitos all weakly balanced by very short walks sums up our time in Flores. A pretty little place, that feels like it only exists for tourists. We were here for a few days as a base to visit Tikal, one of … More Flores, a town of tourists, colours and cobbles
Am enjoying learning more about Mayan history so we went to check out the lesser known Ek-Balam one morning. The name translates to “the black jaguar” or “bright star jaguar.” Ek-Balam’s most important cultural period was between 700 – 1000 A.D but it wasn’t until the late 1980’s when the site was mapped, and research continued … More Ek-Balam – almost all to myself
Chichén Itzá is apparently one of the most famous and extensively restored and by far the most visited of all Maya sites, yet up until a few weeks ago I knew nothing about it and I am still learning! Spent the day here recently roaming around the the site and trying to imagine what it might have … More Chichén Itzá , something old yet something new to me
Perhaps I am watching too much Downton Abbey, but I got a little carried away when I was in Westport and decided to visit the 18th Century Westport House. It is privately owned by a family, who are direct descendants of Grace O’ Malley, the famous 16th Century Pirate Queen of Connaught. Now she was interesting……………… The website … More Westport House and its infamous ancestor
Spontaneity, one of the many benefits of having free time. This can manifest itself in many ways, such as rambling around a new town without a plan, map or agenda! One such day in Prague, I happened to stumble upon the box office for the National Theatre. After a few minutes spent checking out what … More Twinkle toes on impulse