Vietnam series: Hue, Vietnam and the royal tombs of Emperor Minh Mang and Emperor Khai Dinh

I have travelled on the Reunification Express with my brother, his girlfriend and their mate Dan for the last 14 hours making our way south through Vietnam from Hanoi.  We arrive in the World Heritage Site of Hue (situated on the central coast of Vietnam) at 9:30am.

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Vietnam series: From Ha Long Bay to Hanoi and overnight to Hue on the Reunification Express

My brother, his girlfriend, their mate Dan and I have spent a lovely overnight cruise on the calm waters of the magnificent heritage listed Ha Long Bay and after an equally lovely breakfast it is time for our Junk boat to return us to the solid ground of Bai Chay where I am reunited with my passport (insert sigh of relief here).

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Vietnam Series: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – a magnificent World Heritage Site

Last night I stayed at the Saigon Ha Long Hotel in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.  It’s now morning and I wake to a most beautiful sunny day.  I send the following text message to Alex to update him about the trip…

“My news: Got motorbikes yesterday and managed to have accident with car. Few bruises and will be able to laugh about it one day. Managed to ride 100km but have given it away as a bad joke and on bus and train now. Going on Junk next two days. Scenery gorgeous.” Continue reading

Cruise series: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Like a sunrise...coming into Darling Harbour

Like a sunrise…coming into Darling Harbour

I am hopeless at getting up early and we have to be up at some frightful hour in order to be ready for our 7:10am disembarkation from the Radiance of the Seas which means I manage to see sunrise as we pass through the heads into Sydney Harbour. Continue reading

Cruise series: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (daytime)


Good morning Newcastle
Good morning Newcastle


The Radiance of the Seas arrives into Newcastle at 10:00am.

Although we dock in Newcastle Dockyard, we still need to get to the city centre by bus and … bonus for the passengers… we don’t even have to pay for the bus this time!  The loading of passengers onto the buses seems to take forever and we are finally dropped into town at midday. Continue reading