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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On Trend Attraction: Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia (with cranes digitally removed)

Sagrada Familia (with cranes digitally removed)

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The Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).  Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI. Continue reading

Who doesn’t love a beach, what about Mornington Beach, Melbourne, Australia

 

Mornington Main Street
Mornington Main Street

 

It is a brilliant Saturday morning with the temperature forecast to reach 31 degrees today… sounds like a beach kind of day, maybe a Mornington Beach kind of day.

The drive takes us about 40 minutes.

Mornington is a seaside suburb of Melbourne and has a mix of both permanent and holiday residents and is not necessarily an economically challenged area. Continue reading

On Trend Attraction: Kennedy Space Centre and Visitor Complex – Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

 

Fast Facts
The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the United States launch site that has been used for every NASA human space flight since 1968. Although such flights are currently on hiatus, KSC continues to manage and operate unmanned rocket launch facilities for the US government’s civilian space program from three pads at the adjoining Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Its Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is the fourth-largest structure in the world by volume and was the largest when completed in 1965.

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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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On Trend Attraction: ICEHOTEL – Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna, Sweden

 

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The Icehotel (styled as ICEHOTEL) in the village of Jukkasjärvi, about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Kiruna, in northern Sweden, was the world’s first ice hotel. After its first opening in 1990, the hotel has been erected each year from December to April. The hotel, including the chairs and beds, is constructed from snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. The structure remains below freezing, around 23 °F (−5 °C). (extract courtesy Wikipedia)

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