Photo Diary: French Alps in Chamonix

The French Alps were magical and terrifying at the same time. Fortunate for us, we were whisked up to the tops of the mountains via modern and safe cable cars/ gondolas. This post is a couple of photos I snapped in France accompanied by some mountain and climbing quotes. Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery - John Ruskin You will climb only as high as your mind ...

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Foodies things to do in Tokyo!

We were prepared for some serious stomach stretching in Tokyo. Having watched Adam Liaw’s Destination Flavour series (awesome show), I was bursting with excitement. And as our holiday unfolded we discovered there was more than dining out as such, we discovered a couple of  interesting micro experiences, which I think our wallets thanked us for. Foodie, avid cook, or thrifty buyer, there is some excellent food related shopping opportunities in Tokyo and the best ...

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The saddest photo I took in Berlin, with a courageous story behind it

The saddest photo I took in Berlin was this photo, of a courtyard. Really, a quaint looking cobblestone courtyard you may ask? It's the story of tragedy and courage that gives me that 'lump in the throat feeling'...... During the World Wars, WWII more specifically, the building around the courtyard 'Bendlerblock', was used by the military and in 1944 it's where Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and a group of ...

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Camping at Sandy Cape Western Australia

With no work scheduled for the weekend and wanting the feeling of disconnection from the daily grind, we packed up the car, leaving the cat with a big bowl of biscuits and headed North of Perth to camp on the beach for the night.  Jurien Bay is the furtherest north we’ve been, so it was a bit of a new experience for us to drive towards what is widely known as W.A's ...

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Tokyo is a must see destination!

Jumping into a 5 night stay in Tokyo following a ski trip in the mountains, our Japan trip was full on to say the least! An explosion of new experiences and culinary sensations. Oh and an overload of cuteness, especially in Tokyo. Our eyes were wide open the entire time and the following phrases became common place between Derek and I, ‘did you see that?’, ‘Yah I saw that’. ‘Incredible’. ...

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Day 2; Karta Barnu to Manjimup

This morning I woke with the sun and excitably poked my head out of the tent reminding myself where I was -  in the middle of the forest in Western Australia's south west. It was quiet and not even a stir from the birds. I walked around briefly snapping a couple of photos of the morning scene and then climbed back into the tent, falling asleep for an hour or so. ...

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Munda Biddi here we come!

Tomorrow morning we leave on a short trip down south for mountain biking along the Munda Biddi track around Donnelly River and Manjimup. I am super excited but at the same time I'm not sure what to expect. I am looking forward to being 'out of range', gazing up at the stars at night and waking in a new location each day. I'm hoping the track isn't too muddy from ...

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A-Z Guidebook – Cherry Blossoms

There is much anticipation in Japan just before the Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) Festival. Japanese and international travellers take part in Hanami, an annual tradition of viewing the blooming of the cherry blossom flowers. While we were in Nozawa Onsen, the sushi master of one of the local restaurants eagerly gave us a run down of the forecast from the Japan Meteorological Agency one evening. The weather is an important tracker! ...

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Camping Preparation

We are planning to hike a small section of the Bibbulmun track and returning with the bikes to trial a section of the Munda Biddi Trail this year! Two fantastic trails in Western Australia. Being an absolute newbie to the idea of hiking and camping overnight makes this exciting and also a little overwhelming. The latter I'm referring too, is the preparation part. Thinking about what to pack, what to eat and how ...

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Photo Diary; Saboey Resort

A friend’s wedding had brought us to Koh Samui, a tropical island in Thailand. The wedding was held at the glamorous Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa in Bophut. Most of the guests stayed at the same hotel while others stayed closed by. We stayed at a small resort called Saboey Resort located in between Bophut and Chaweng. We experienced a bit of a drama within an hour of arriving, with me, ...

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