On Trend Attraction: Pompei, Campania, Italy

Nothing left to do but pray

Nothing left to do but pray

There is much to explore and learn about the community of Pompei and the people who lived and died when their city was swallowed in ash and soot without warning, following an eruption by Mt Vesuvius in AD 79, leaving the town in a perpetual frozen moment.  

Pompei is fascinating and arranging a guide during your visit will enable you to get the most from your Pompei experience, with many tours available ranging from 1 to 6 hours, conducted by local, knowledgeable people. Continue reading

Vietnam series: Just another AFL grand final day in Nha Trang, Vietnam

AFL football grand final winners - Geelong Football Club

AFL football grand final winners – Geelong Football Club

Having arrived in Nha Trang yesterday by sleeper bus, it is nice to wake up in the comfort of my room at the Golden Rain Hotel, Nha Trang.  It is a very special day for this Melbourne girl who grew up on AFL (Australian Football League) football.  AFL football is the highest-level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football and… today is the Holy Grail of the AFL  season because it is grand final day… very special! Continue reading

Political Murals, West Belfast, Northern Ireland

A red mural

A red mural

The Irish are a funny bunch aren’t they?

Of course I don’t mean funny “weird” but funny “amusing”.  I love the Irish – as most Australians love the Irish. 

After all, who doesn’t love the Irish, well, apart from the Irish, which leads me to mention the vibrant political wall murals that dot the landscape on the streets of West Belfast.

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Vietnam series: Hoi An to Nha Trang on an overnight sleeper bus

Interior - sleeper bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang

Interior – sleeper bus from Hoi An to Nha Trang

I am travelling north/south through Vietnam and have spent the last 12 hours on an overnight sleeper bus from quaint Hoi An and have reached the beachside township of Nha Trang, having passed through Quang Ngai and Quang Ngai during the night.  I arrive, like a gift, next to a café, which is perfect, because at this point I would kill for a coffee. Local time is 7:22am. I am with my brother and his girlfriend and we sit for a while to enjoy our coffee and recap on the night that was the sleeper bus. Continue reading

On Trend Attraction: The Souks, Marrakesh, Morocco

The Souk is in there...somewhere

The Souk is in there…somewhere

I am lost in the the Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco.  The Souks are the markets or bazaars of Marrakesh, spread out over a maze of narrow passageways and alleys in the Medina (the historic district of the city).

Having arrived in Marrakesh only a couple of hours earlier I have brought with me a child like enthusiasm and thirst for exploring all that such an exciting destination such as Marrakesh has to offer.

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Canberra, Australia with its galleries, monuments and museums

Parliament House, Canberra

Parliament House, Canberra

I recently had the chance to visit Canberra, Australia, not having been there for many years and had an excellent time exploring (with friends) the various buildings and exhibitions open to the public in a city which is easy to travel around (by car), clean and safe. Continue reading

Departing Melbourne for Canberra and a weekend with friends

Ok. So I havn’t been to Canberra for about 20 years (has it really been that long?).  My last trip to Canberra I did on my own.  I hadn’t had my licence long and I drove the 7 odd hours in my Torana, returning to Melbourne via Bateman’s Bay where I met some people and was invited to a party in a bikie clubhouse and stayed up till dawn. Continue reading