Making use of an ever so rare opportunity of both of us having Monday off work, we made our way with the bikes to the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park bright and early. I wish I could hold onto the feeling of no work on a Monday, however that said it was just as …Read more »
It rained and rained during our time in Tokyo and while I love the rain because we never see much of it back at home in Perth, it was super fun to be able to venture out on bicycles when it finally subsided. Our Airbnb hosts were kind enough to lend us their cool bicycles …Read more »
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 …Read more »
We spent a few wonderful days on the tropical island of Koh Samui for a friend’s wedding, it was magical. Separated from the mainland of Thailand, Koh Samui offers some seclusion and escapes from the busyness that you would find on nearby Phuket.Read more »
In between exploring the colourful café scene and drinking 1 euro beer with our bratwurst for breakfast in the public square, we traced through a bit of history around Germany’s capital city, Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th century neoclassical piece of architecture. The tremendous structure towers over Unter den Linden Boulevard, having withstood time …Read more »
There are some wonderful country towns south of Perth and it isn’t until you rock up on the main strip and take a wander around, that you really find those hidden gems.
As a kid, Bridgetown was often a ‘drive though’ town on the way to our holiday destination, but, on the odd occasion Dad would pull …Read more »
Earlier this year Derek and I spent a week of skiing at a tiny Japanese mountain village called Nozawa Onsen. It feels like a life time ago now but it was a wonderful holiday with aspects of complete unfamiliarity like nude bathing in an onsen and fumbling our way through the country with our limited …Read more »
Spending a couple of nights in Porongurup (travel post here) we traveled further south exploring the town of Albany, albeit the weather kept us from doing some our plans like hiking Bluff Knoff and attempting the mountain bike track on Mount Clarence we managed to see a couple of other entertaining sights around town.
Albany Town Centre
Located in the great …Read more »
The second half of our ski holiday in Nozawa Onsen we stayed in an apartment positioned on the base of the slopes across from the Nagasaka ski gondola. We had originally booked a room in Paradise Chalet higher up the mountain but shortly before our arrival we were told the snow mobile had broken down …Read more »
Nozawa Onsen on the edge of Kenashi mountain (1,964m) remains a traditional Japanese village that is located north of Nagano, a couple hours’ drive from Tokyo city. It is also only 30 kilometres from the ocean and this rather unique position is a hot zone for heavy dumps of snow. We travelled all the way from Australia for the …Read more »