Travel

Would love to spend my life travelling. Full time. Seriously.

  • So What Do You Think Of Hobart? - “So after being here on and off for three weeks what do you think of Hobart?”, Damien asked me as we dined last night on some delicious Japanese food last. He caught my by surprise, as I didn’t really have […]
  • Bruny Island - It’s funny how the phrase “the mainland” can mean two quite different things in Tasmania. You would assume, on the surface, it’s a reference to the “rest of Australia”. But on ABC Radio’s “Country Hour” the other day, I heard […]
  • My Week in Hobart - Ten years ago, or even five years ago, I’m sure I could have been tempted to top off the evening with a nightcap at the nearby whiskey bar. But after a long day at work, several courses of food at […]
  • Hello Hobart - For most domestic travel, and even some international, I can usually get by with carry-on luggage. A couple of pairs of shorts, a couple of polo shirts, a couple of collared shorts, some jeans, some socks and jocks and even […]
  • Photos from Spain - The problem with modern photography is that it’s sooooo easy to take soooo many photographs. Unlike the old days where film afforded you at most 36 photographs before you needed to change, the modern “slide night” could end up lasting […]
  • Diwali in Delhi - In contrast to my experience at Madrid Airport the other week (where I made it through security in less than five minutes), it took much, much longer at Delhi Airport. The man at airport security looked me up and down […]
  • Sawdust and Pink Detergent - Half way through the flight from Madrid to Delhi, I woke briefly. The cabin was in darkness, but still I could see the man in an adjoining seat was laying down flat on the cabin floor. “That’s a bit odd”, […]
  • Toledo and Madrid - Since I first began researching this trip, a visit to Toledo (about 50 minutes by bus south of Madrid) has been high on my list of priorities. I’d seen photographs online which indicated a town of great beauty. On top […]
  • San Sebastian and Bilbao - After a couple of days visiting San Sebastian and Bilbao, we’re on the train headed back to Madrid. In common with the trip from Barcelona to San Sebastian, the trip takes about five hours, and once again, we’re passing through […]
  • Gaudi Friday - On arriving in Barcelona a couple of days ago, one of the first things we did was pay a visit to Park Guell, designed by the renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi. Even though I thought it was very good, it was […]
  • Fiesta Nacional de España - With recent moves for Catalan political independence, it’s an interesting time to be in Barcelona. In common with our own “national day” there were lots of people walking around the city draped in the national flag. In stark contrast, the […]
  • Hello Barcelona - At about ten o’clock last night, I checked the time. “Happy Anniversary”, I said to Sue, congratulating her on twenty-four hours in Spain. “Cheers”, we all said, as we raised our glasses. And what a whirlwind twenty four hours it […]
  • Monday in Madrid - If you have an interest in art, you could spend a day or two, or even longer at Madrid’s Reina Sofia. As it was, I spent several hours there late this afternoon/this evening, and in some ways, feel like I […]
  • Modern Madrid - As you’ve undoubtedly read over the last few days, Spain is undergoing what’s being described as “the greatest political crisis in decades”, as there is a move to declare Catalonia (the north east part of the country, centred on Barcelona) […]
  • The Colours of Madrid - For at least ten minutes today I watched a young woman attempt to take a selfie. She tried portrait. She tried landscape. She did a complete 360 twirl to find the right background. She fluffed her hair, applied lipstick and […]
  • Hola! Madrid - I don’t think I’ve ever made it through passport control that quickly. It helped I was in one of the first few rows of economy class. It helped that ours was the only flight arriving at that time of night. […]
  • Flying from New Delhi to Madrid - If you gaze out the window of the Air India flight from Delhi to Madrid, there’s some truly wonderful landscape to behold. There’s an area (in particular) to the north of Baku headed towards Tbilisi, where the snow capped mountains, […]
  • Are We In India Yet? - There’s a terrific episode of “The Simpsons” where the family travels with Apu to India, and where Homer keeps repeating the line “are we in India yet?”. Chuckling to myself, I kept saying the line over and over in my […]
  • Visiting Melbourne - A decade ago, or maybe more, I went into the “wrong toilet” at an Irish bar in Darwin. “Mna, that sounds like men, and fir, that sounds like female”, I thought to myself. In reality, it was the other way […]
  • Eckerö and more Stockholm Nights - Surprisingly (for the Swedish train system), the train back from Eskilstuna ran a little late. The turnaround between arriving home, and then heading to Ekerö left me with only a few minute to drop my bag off and have a […]
  • Stockholm i Natt - “Excuse me, I have to take some more photographs”, I said to my friend Mattias, as we enjoyed conversation and a beer at Blå Dörren (a bar at Slussen). Though the sunset last night was not as spectacular as earlier […]
  • Closed on Monday - If you’re planning a visit to Uppsala and you like things to be open, Monday probably isn’t the day you should visit. In the back of my mind, I knew most museums and galleries were probably going to be closed, […]
  • Summer in Stockholm - “You really must come back to Sweden in the spring or summer”, I wrote to my friend Sue yesterday, attaching a bunch of photographs from my morning walk around Djurgården. Sue came with me to Sweden four years ago, in […]
  • Swedish Travel Tips - In one months time, I’ll be on a plane, headed to Stockholm. “What, again?”, I hear you ask. Since 2008, I have visited Sweden (in particular, Stockholm) on several occasions. By my reckoning, I’ve “lived there” for almost six months. […]
  • Bundeena Day Trip - If you’ve never been to Bundeena in Sydney’s South, I’d highly recommend it. You can catch a train to Cronulla, and then take the ferry across. Or, like us, you could always drive, taking in the terrific Audley Weir. I’m […]
  • Weekend in Katoomba - I reached the conclusion about half way through last week I needed some “country air”. Though I could have booked a flight home to Lismore, I concluded the answer to my dilemma was closer than I thought. Only two hours […]
  • Visiting Nimbin - Almost everyone who has ever visited Nimbin as a tourist will regale you with a story of how they were walking down the main street of Nimbin and were approached, and were asked if they wanted to buy some marijuana. […]
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise - Though I’ve been on many ferries over the 20+ years I’ve lived in Sydney, for the first time EVER I went on a cruise of Sydney Harbour today.  For $39, a group of friends and I (including visitors from the […]
  • Early Morning Circular Quay - Woke early this morning, so I headed down to Sydney Harbour. Really great being there before all the crowds arrive. Breakfast at City Extra. Coffee mediocre.
  • Back in Brisbane - The sunrise over Brisbane on Monday was really beautiful. Even the city’s ugly buildings looked good against the backdrop. I wouldn’t normally have been up and about so early, but I’d woken at 4.00am Brisbane time. Most days I wake […]
  • Hobart Friday - Late this afternoon I was faced with a choice: would I go for a swim, or would I go for a beer? The Hobart Aquatic Centre is right across the road from the ABC. Pubs are a little further away. […]
  • Ever Lovin’ Adelaide - “If you’re there on a Wednesday night, there won’t be any gay bars to go to”, a friend who lives in Sydney, but who grew up in Adelaide, recently told me. He was bemoaning the lack of a gay scene in […]
  • Flying in to Sydney - When I fly in to Sydney, most of the time it’s over the oil refineries of Kernel. It’s always such a pleasure to fly in a different way, taking in views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera […]
  • Canberra - When you talk to people about Canberra there are often a lot of negative stereotypes. There’s the political thing, of course. But there’s also a perception that it’s dull, suburban etc. In contrast, I have really positive views of Canberra. […]
  • Red Chilli - Having previously written a few times about Sydney’s Red Chilli restaurant, I was super excited to discover one in Canberra too. Over a bottle of wine and great conversation, a colleague/friend and I enjoyed a most excellent dinner there. Ham, […]
  • Reasons why Hobart is cool - Having spent a week in Hobart, I thought I’d share a few memorable photographs from my time there.
  • Lazy Sunday in Hobart - I stayed in bed for as long as I “could” today. The last few weeks have been exhausting. But I still managed to get out and about, exploring Hobart. Terrific place.
  • Hobart at Night - It’s over 18 months since the last time I visited Hobart. Sue and I visited during November 2013, around Melbourne Cup time when the weather was glorious. Though I was anticipating some rather bleak weather this time around (rain and […]
  • Such a long way to Perth - The two things I remember vividly about my time living in Perth in 2004 were: the time zone difference and the long flights involved. I remember getting a phone call at 4.30am from someone on the East Coast (note the […]
  • It’s Like I Never Left - Back in Brissie for a few days… The first thing I noticed was sitting, waiting for a train at Roma Street, and about half the men were wearing shorts. “Oh yeah”, I thought to myself, “you can wear shorts in […]
  • Home Again in Lismore - I’m enjoying a brief, four-day visit to Lismore. I’m here for a friend’s birthday, and to catch up with family. After a lovely birthday lunch, my friend Paul and I went for a “Sunday Drive” taking in the sights of […]
  • Valborg 2013 - This is Valborg, a pagan festival still happening each year in Sweden! This video was from 2013. I loved it, though it was a little bit warm, being so close to the fire. One of the things I love about […]
  • Back In Brisbane - Every time I pay a visit to Brisbane, I invariably ask myself the question “should I return to live here?” Having grown up in Lismore, and having family here, Brisbane was a fairly obvious choice for me for university during […]
  • Wide Brown Land - I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! […]
  • Stockholm for a Week or Two - There’s a couple of people I know who are planning to spend between one or two weeks in Stockholm next year, during the months of April and May. Based on my own experiences of being in Stockholm during that time of […]
  • Tourist In My Town - With a friend visiting from the UK, there was a wonderful opportunity for me to be both a “tourist guide”, as well as be a “tourist in my own town”. We started the tour at Sydney’s new harbour reserve, Barangaroo. […]
  • Circular Quay to Manly - Manly really is seven miles from Sydney, and a thousand miles from care. I spent the afternoon with some friends at Manly’s 16-foot Skiff Club. A few drinks, a bite to eat, lots of good conversation. Here are some photographs […]
  • The New Stockholm - I hope this is helpful if you’re ever planning to visit Stockholm. I appeared earlier tonight on ABC Local Radio’s “Nightlife” with Tony Delroy, in his “Travel Spot” talking about Stockholm.
  • Barangaroo Reserve - Do we really need another casino in Sydney? Do we really need more tall buildings in the city? Do the people in public housing at Miller’s Point really need to move? Although there are some parts of the Barangaroo development […]
  • The Goods Line - “You have to remember, Sydney is a city built on gullies and ridges”, I have said to many people over the years. It’s something that was first pointed out to me by a friend of a friend. And she was […]
  • You Will Gobble It Up - There’s something wonderfully chaotic about Katz’s Delicatessen. There were queues everywhere. I don’t know how many waiters there were for how many customers. As soon as someone stood up, there was someone to take their place. Their daily turnover must […]
  • Great Views from Brooklyn - The view from the upper “viewing” levels of New York’s Grand Central Station is remarkable. The scale of the place is enormous. The marble floors and walls are almost overwhelming in their beauty. Below you, you look down to see […]
  • Empire State of Mind - “I was about to send out a search party…” I said to Michaela, remarking on the amount of time I had to wait for her at a restaurant/bar at Coney Island. As the day was warm, and there was a […]
  • New York State of Mind - “Oh My God, is that Salman Rushdie?”, I asked Michaela, pointing the older man taking a seat, as we waited only briefly in line for dinner at Balthazar’s Restaurant. As she looked over to confirm, I remembered that moment from […]
  • Harlem Shuffle - “Honey, you’ve come at just the right time…” we were told by an fantastic looking older woman. “This is Harlem Week” she said with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm. Even though she no longer lives in Harlem, she […]
  • Saturday in New York - “Don’t worry. My camera is shockproof and waterproof to fifteen feet”, I told Michaela. And with that, I made my way into the middle of those fountains where the water pops up seemingly randomly. I don’t know if it’s been […]
  • Always Running - You know how it is when you wake suddenly in a darkened, unfamiliar room? For about ten or fifteen seconds you have absolutely no idea where you are. “Am I in Rome? Am I in Stockholm? Where am I?”, I […]
  • We’re In New York - “You need to go around the corner and take the lift. But they might not let you in, because it turns into a club at midnight. So if you can’t get in there, you can always go to the beer […]
  • Leaving Stockholm - “Did I just hear you make another little sigh…? Sandra asked. With only a few hours left in Stockholm before heading to New York, I’d apparently developed a bit of a “sigh” whenever I saw something really wonderful. I wasn’t […]
  • Experience More - When my old school-friend told me late last year he was planning to visit Stockholm, and was looking for a few “travel tips”, my first question to him was “when are you going to be there?”. Because there is so […]
  • Venezia Day Two - When the alarm went off at 5.30am, I thought myself “Why am I doing this? Why am I getting up so early on a Saturday morning when I could just stay in bed?” The answer is simple: I wanted to […]
  • Bongiorno Venezia - The book and movie “Death in Venice” came into my mind today as I thought I might actually die here. Less dramatically, there was a moment today when I thought I would at least spend the rest of my life […]
  • Rome In A Day by Real Rome Tours - “You have to remember that for many many years, The Colosseum was like a very big quarry for Rome”, our guide, Alessio told us today on the “Rome In A Day Tour” run by “Real Rome Tours“. “When it was […]
  • Bongiorno Roma - “It’s normally 22, but I’ll give it to you for 18”, the guy selling the “I Love Rome” bag told me. He didn’t need to convince me. I really wanted it as a “safe” over the shoulder bag to carry […]
  • The Last Few Days - “So how have you spent the last few days”, I asked the mother of a family from Houston I met on the food tour the other day. I randomly ran into them on the Djurgården ferry. “We’ve been on a […]
  • View from the Seventh Floor - View from the Seventh Floor of Stockholm’s Södra Teatern. Not bad, eh?
  • Culinary Södermalm Food Tour, Stockholm - I’ll be honest. I was a little disappointed with the first part of the Culinary Södermalm Food Tour. Not because the food wasn’t good. Not because the tour guide wasn’t good (he was excellent). But because I’m probably a little […]
  • Stockholm Pride Parade - There was a brief moment earlier today when the bloke standing next to me and I looked at each other in momentary disbelief. A second later, and we didn’t need to exchange any words, because we both knew we both […]
  • The Nordic Experience Food Tour, Stockholm - “We don’t actually have them on the menu at the moment because if we did, that’s all we would sell. However, if you’re a local or you know to ask, you can ask them and we’ll make them”, we were […]
  • Måns Zelmerlöw at Stockholm Pride - The first time I saw Måns Zelmerlöw perform live was at Stockholm Pride in 2008. At the time, I think he really only had one hit song, “Cara Mia”. Eight years later, he was back at Stockholm Pride, and performed […]
  • Never Plan Too Much - I started the day with a vague plan to attend some of the events at Stockholm Pride. There was the Opening Ceremony, a Salsa Dance Class, and a talk about the experiences of refugees arriving in Sweden. For whatever reason, […]
  • Nordiska Museet - A few months ago I bought a raincoat from Somedays, the terrific Swedish clothing store in Sydney’s Surry Hills. It must have been an omen foretelling poor weather for this trip to Sweden. The weather hasn’t been great, so far, […]
  • Stockholm Pride – Chinese Queer Film - Sadly, my “Swedish” is not sophisticated enough to understand the complexities of some of the discussions you might encounter at an event like Stockholm Pride. While it won’t be too much of an issue at events like the Schlagerkväll (the […]
  • Stockholm Metro Art, Tunnelbana - I love how the Swedish subway is more than just advertising. As you’ll see elsewhere on the internet The Stockholm subway system is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit – 110 kilometers long.Traveling by subway is like traveling […]
  • Stockholm City Hall Tour, Stadshuset - Although I’ve visited Stockholm City Hall, Stadhuset many times over the last few years, I came back to Stockholm this time with an unfulfilled goal: to climb the tower. That goal remains unfulfilled. Though I will definitely get to it […]
  • Sunday Sightseeing - When I woke this morning, I looked out the window and the sky was still grey. We had a fair bit of rain yesterday afternoon and evening, and although the rain had pretty much cleared, there was still a fairly […]
  • Millenium Tour, Stockholm - “There’ll be a new book, a fourth one at the end of August”, we were told today by Carin, our tour group leader for the “(Stieg Larsson) Millenium Tour” run by the Stockholm City Museum, Stockholm Stadsmeet. “We don’t know […]
  • Have Arrived in Stockholm - I’m not exactly sure what took longer: the flight from Tokyo to Stockholm (via Frankfurt), or the time we waited for our luggage to come off the plane at Arlanda Airport. I don’t ever recall having waited at least thirty […]
  • My Final Day in Tokyo - Of course I drink like a fish. But over time my body seems to have built up a bit of resistance, so I don’t often get hangovers. Today, however, was an exception: I woke with one of those mind-numbing hangovers. […]
  • Mori Tower Views - “I’m sure I saw a sign for McDonalds here somewhere”, I thought to myself as I scouted the restaurant menus at Tokyo’s Mori Tower. Sadly, I’ve spent most my life living with champagne tastes, but on a beer budget. Though […]
  • Tsukiji and Sunset - “This may be your last chance to see the markets in this location”, our guide, Nori told us today. After about eighty years at Tsukiji, the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market is moving at the end of next year to […]
  • Tokyo Monday - “You can never have enough shoes, hats and gloves”, Patsy once said on “Absolutely Fabulous”. I don’t know about that, but I did have to make a couple of additional purchases today. When I travel, I like to travel light, […]
  • Tokyo – My Day In The Sun - “You booked this four months ago. You must be very organised…”, Tomo (one of the tour guides) said to me as I walked into the office of the “Tokyo Great Cycling Tour” earlier today. “No”, I told him, “I’ve just […]
  • Tokyo Bars - Several times today I’ve been invited to come and share the delights of a “titty-bar”. Even though I’ve never heard the phrase before, I realised pretty quickly what it means. After all, I’m staying metres from the centre of Tokyo’s […]
  • Hawkesbury River - Travelled through the Hawkesbury earlier today. Such a beautiful area. This photograph was captured with a mobile phone camera, held up against a dirty train window. So you can only begin to imagine what it might be like with a […]
  • Lismore’s Big Log - One of my earliest childhood memories is of the arrival and placement near the Lismore City Hall of “The Big Log”. As far as pretty much everyone in Lismore knew, it was red cedar, and it was a wonderful memorial […]
  • Catch Up - The last few weeks have been “crazy busy” which is why I haven’t posted here much lately. However, it’s Thursday night, I’m sitting at home with a glass or two of wine, listening to the radio, and I’m determined to […]
  • Brisbane History with Beers - Even though I lived here for four years, and even though I have a family connection with Brisbane that goes back to the 1960s, the truth be told: I really don’t know that much about the history of Brisbane, and […]
  • Travel Bug - I had a realisation earlier today I haven’t really been home much lately. I was home in Lismore for Christmas. I was in Newcastle for a week with my work, and my work will take me to Brisbane for a […]
  • Newcastle Harbour #autoawesome - There’s a terrific feature in the Google Photos app, where, quite randomly it seems, you are served a range of automatic features that you might commonly find only in advanced photo editing programs. The most “most out there” one is […]
  • Morning Walk in Newcastle - I was up before dawn, determined to have a lovely walk to Nobby’s Beach at Newcastle, and to take some photographs along the way. The weather and beach didn’t disappoint, and it was pretty good to see a large cruise […]
  • Hawkesbury Train - I’m in Newcastle all week, meeting up with some colleagues from around Australia. While some will fly in directly, and a few will drive up from Sydney, the train’s my preferred way of getting here. Although it takes almost three […]
  • Craft Beer Tour - “This tour combines two of my passions: history and beer”, our tour guide told us, as we began the Craft Beer Tour yesterday. I don’t recall exactly how I discovered the tour through Foodi, though it was possibly doing a […]
  • Canberra Botanic Gardens - I learned more about Australian plants in an hour walking around the Botanic Gardens, Canberra than I think I’ve learned in my life. Although I was a member of the Gould League as a child, most of the detail about […]
  • Sydney Harbour - As we caught the ferry back from an afternoon at Manly’s 16ft Skiff Club, we headed straight to the front of the vessel. I NEVER get sick of catching the Manly Ferry, though I’d imagine if I had to do […]
  • Wilson’s River, Lismore -
  • Boxing Day at Nimbin - “It’s a lot more hippie than I remember”, my friend Sue said as we made our way along the main street of Nimbin. “There’s a lot less drugs on offer”, I thought to myself. Sue had actually grown up in […]
  • Christmas Eve Sunset on the Wilson’s River -
  • Preparing for the Sunday night Red Eye - It’s Sunday evening. It’s been a warm day in Perth. I’m sitting on the balcony of the hotel I’ve been staying in. I hope the people on the cruise boat down below don’t mind that I’m sitting here, wearing just […]
  • International Food Tour of Perth - You know how when you meet someone and they introduce themselves, but within five minutes you’ve completely forgotten their name? That’s how it was with one of the blokes on the International Food Tour of Perth which I undertook today. […]

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