We left Cape Town heading east on Saturday for the first of a few days  on which we would travel along the Garden Route. On our first day, we travelled to Oudtshoorn., the Ostrich capital of the world. The scenery was quite rugged and very arid. It is known as the Little Karoo (dry area) which […]

On Wednesday, our first day in Cape Town, we had a leisurely start and following a nice breakfast at the Raddison Hotel, we caught their shuttle down to the V&A Waterfront Centre, just around the headland from the hotel. This is an area of dockland that has been regenerate in the style of Darling Harbour […]

Over the last two days, we have been travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town on South Africa’s premier luxury train, simply known as the Blue Train. The route covers approximately 1,600-kilometres and is reputed to be one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world. Each carriage of four compartments has its own butler, […]

Here we are popping up in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa. We are here to join a tour commencing tomorrow morning that begins with a trip to Cape Town on the famous Blue Train and then a tour of South Africa more generally. I spent a week in South Africa in around 1982 […]

Our second night at Corinna was very clear. The temperature was mild and the stars in the sky shone like diamonds. I managed to get a reasonable photo of the milky way between the trees near our cabin. Going back inside, I spied a number of little wallabies eating the grass and some possums sitting […]

Last week we spent a few days at a little ‘resort’ in the Tasmanian Tarkine Wilderness at a location called Corinna. This is a remote historic mining town set in pristine rainforest surrounded by stunning wilderness and impressive nature. It’s located at the southern end of the Tarkine wilderness and is set amongst rainforest on […]

Today is the day before ANZAC day when I will march with my mates with whom I served in Vietnam. It’s also Villers Bretonneux Day – the day commemorating the liberation of this little village on the WW1 Western Front in 1918. I have attended my second function held by a local organisation called ‘Friends […]

We haven’t travelled anywhere for a few months but we have still been doing plenty of fun things around Melbourne. March is the first month of Autumn. I love the balmy days at this time of year – mild temperatures and calm sunny days with little wind. However, it seems that we had a much […]