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Leaving Sydney

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Leaving Sydney

A perfect summer night.
Perfect for leaving.
Perfect for staying.
Perfect for seeing friends
or making love
or eating chocolate.
A perfect night for dancing
or dreaming
or praying
or playing.
A perfect summer night.
You can never have enough.

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09/01/2013 at 10:39 pm

Milford Sound Waterfall

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Milford Sd -waterfall

With travel, one is always taking a punt on the weather. And travelling around New Zealand, even moreso. This is my third trip to Milford Sound and it has been raining/overcast every single time. So it goes… Milford Sound is so breathtaking, it is hard to complain or feel short-changed in the least. But it always seems to be cold and damp.

So – a couple of non-notable peaks, shrouded in cloud and fog and a waterfall, probably a couple hundred metres high, draining the rains from the mountain tops. If you look above and slightly to the right, you will see there are dozens of little rivulets streaming down, feeding it. The stuff of… Middle Earth, I guess…

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08/01/2013 at 11:27 pm

A perfect day to sail

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Yes, I have cruising on the brain again… the cheap details are coming out for early next year. Spotted one tonight on Holland America from Hong to Beijing, then Shanghai then Incheon and Jeju (the last two being in South Korea.) 14 nights… less than $100 per night per person… of course there will be the bloody expensive Chinese Visa… and the airfares to Hong Kong, so it’s not quite the song the cruise in this photo was…

This was sailing out of Auckland in September on the MS Volendam. And while those perfectly lined up and manicured loungers may look inviting, it was cold and windy – a perfect day to sail, not for lounging around getting sun…

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29/11/2011 at 11:36 pm

Panama Morning

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San Diego to San Diego – 28 nights – west to east and then east to west. This shot is take from the top of the ship as we approached the first set of locks going east to west. The day was glorious in a tropical scorcher kind of way.

We were all ready – out on deck, cameras, panama rolls, panama hats.

Nope, no sign of Panama Red – after all, we were in international waters… doesn’t mean there wasn’t a wee bit of a Wookstock revival happening though musically – at least I’m pretty sure that wasn’t a couple members of New Riders of the Purple Sage I heard singing soft and low here and there…

I made a 2-minute video/slide show of the passage which you can see by clicking here if you are curious.

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20/07/2011 at 12:58 am

Sunset at Sea

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I think this was the most perfect sunset I have ever seen, travelling around the northeastern coast of Australia.  I stood out there admiring it until the last smudge of fire had left the sky.

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30/03/2011 at 11:34 pm

As the day goes by…

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16/03/2011 at 10:58 pm

Stockholm – not in the mood

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She was a one day port on a whirlwind cruise of Scandinavian capitals. It was rainy and cold, the light was flat and all my photos look like faded, discoloured 1970’s prints. Ugh.

You’d never guess we met up with a long-time internet friend and had a brilliant day! It just wasn’t particularly scenic.

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04/03/2011 at 10:48 pm


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01/02/2011 at 11:15 pm

Travelling again and again

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Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are ultimately respnsible for this photo. And the ones I will take in Moscow one day.

Tolstoy and Dostoevsky's fault - Church of the Spilled Blood in St Petersberg

I do know where the wanderlust comes from – spent my entire childhood with my head in a book, or more likely thousands of books all set in places more exotic or interesting than home. Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are ultimately responsible for this photo. And the ones I will take in Moscow one day. Hopefully in the dead of winter.

Funny, now that I’ve knocked the big rocks off, I’m not so fussed about where I go as long as I go somewhere. I mean, really, there are so few places I am not interested in going – and most of those I’ve already been to.

I found the small neighbourhood churches far more interesting than the cathedrals. Check out the Angel of Death!

I don’t recommend Paris – at least not the Paris I visited one stinking hot August when all the French who could get out of town had left, and those remaining were sick to death of the millions of tourists. I might go back to Paris one day. Between October and March only. Everyone deserves a second chance. At least it will be cold enough that the dogshit and human urine won’t be quite as fragrant. And I didn’t make it to the Musee D’Orsay, which is a really big rock. We went on Tuesday as we were departing on Wednesday. It’s closed Tuesdays.

Welcome to Suva!

Suva, on the other hand… I’d either have to be handcuffed or on a stretcher to set foot there again.

But I digress…I’m supposed to be dreaming of the upcoming trip, not waxing wistful or woeful about travels past, at least not right now.

It’s Mexico this time. And Panama, Gautemala, Costa Rica, Colombia and Aruba. Sailing through the Panama Canal twice!

Mayan ruins... I must remember to look into this calendar issue. I'm sure they've got it all wrong.

I hadn’t really thought about going there – Central America was “on the list,” but a someday destination, not a “must get there asap” destination. But like I said, apart from London – which I’m saving for the day I have a good friend or relative living there so I don’t have to pay for accommodation – I’ve covered off my heart’s desire. Now my heart desires whatever presents itself as a bargain.

There it was, a 28 night cruise. Beautiful ship, roomy cabin with a view and a spectacular itinerary at a price I could not believe. My only regret is we will not be going to Belize, which I have longed to see for as long as I can remember. The ship is cruising west to east (and back) so there is no convenient way of squeezing it in. Some things must remain ‘on the list.’

Cliff jumping Acapulco. Cool, but tower jumping on Pentacost Island will be tough to beat.

So much research to do. I’ll be spending nine days in Mexico – Tijuana, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, La Crucecita and San Cristobal de Las Casas which seems like a reasonable taste. Last time I was in Mexico I was 12 and only made it as far as Nuevo Laredo – though I did get to see a bullfight, which might have something to do with my inability to eat beef to this day.

Leaving in six weeks – I’d better get a move on. And dammit! I’d better finish processing those photos from Cochin, India I took back in September. More time! More time!

And more travel.

Cathedral at San Cristobal de las Casas - I'll be there


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04/02/2010 at 10:09 pm

Oslo, Norway Photos

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I’ve finally processed the photos from Oslo. You can see them here.oslo-73-docks1

Everything about Oslo was wonderful, including the billowing clouds that loomed and rolled and threatened, but never opened up on us. After the one day, I am planning a trip of several weeks at least. I long to explore the fjords and poke my way around the Arctic Circle.

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11/01/2009 at 6:22 pm

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