Category Archives: Travel

Vivid Sydney – don’t miss it!

Every year, for about three weeks at the start of our winter (late May to early June), Sydney turns into the “City of Lights” as a festival of light, music and ideas  – known as “Vivid Sydney”  – takes place.

Buildings and walkways around the city are illuminated with various light sculptures, installations and image projections, as well as interactive stations that passers-by can engage with. Continue reading Vivid Sydney – don’t miss it!

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Sydney Harbour and Ferries

Nothing compares to the serenity of a beautiful bright sunny day on Sydney’s magnificent harbour.  Sailboats can be seen bobbing happily across the waves, going nowhere in particular at a leisurely pace.  Or waiting patiently at their moorings in sheltered bays and marinas, rehearsing a synchronised dance directed by the wind and the tides.  Eye-catching groups of energetic “optimist” dinghies dart to and fro in formation, like a flock of birds wheeling and swooping in unison, as they navigate their course.

Cutting their way across the waves in a tireless circuit from wharf to wharf, amidst the frivolity of the sailing boats, weave the sober green and yellow workforce of the harbour  –  Sydney Ferries. Continue reading Sydney Harbour and Ferries

Exeter, CA – Outdoor Art Gallery

Downtown Exeter is the stage for an interesting outdoor art gallery which features over 30 murals painted by different artists.  The stories told in the murals, found on the external walls of the buildings, are of local history, folklore and culture.  You will find this quaint town located near the foothills of the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

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The Netherlands – things are different!

Coming from Australia, yet having Dutch grandparents, I’m not a complete stranger to Dutch things.  Growing up, we had Poffertjes, Stamppot, and Braadvlees (– not all at once! ).  We had Krokets, and Oliebollen between Christmas and New Years.  I’ve had my fair share of chocolate sprinkles on bread for breakfast, and I even had a set of clogs to klomp around in at Oma’s house.  I thought the calendar behind her toilet door with everyone’s birthdays written down was completely normal.  I had heard Opa use various colourful language in Dutch when things weren’t going right, and heard Oma say “weet je wel?”  a hundred times on the phone to her friends.

However, when I visited The Netherlands for the first time, it was fascinatingly different.  An amazing juxtaposition of familiar sounds and things in a strange environment. Continue reading The Netherlands – things are different!

Ancient Mycenae & the Treasury of Atreus

Less than half an hour’s drive from the quaint seaside town of Nafplion, you will find the ancient city of Mycenae.  This city was one of the finest examples of Mycenaean culture, inspiring Homer in his epic poems.  There is an onsite museum displaying many of the artefacts recovered during its excavation.   A UNESCO world heritage site, the city is located in the North East  Peloponnese region in Greece. Continue reading Ancient Mycenae & the Treasury of Atreus

Gluten free Yum Cha in Melbourne

I love going out for a yum cha feast.  It’s been a family favourite outing for as long as I can remember.  Then, a couple of years ago my doctor told me to stop eating gluten as it was affecting my health.  Homemade meals are no problem, as you are in control.  Eating out can be a little harder.  You are faced with limited options.

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