Shinjuku – Tokyo

Sunday October 1st 2017: We flew out at 6.30am. Which meant leaving home at 3.30am to get to Brisbane airport for 4.30-5am. Which also meant getting up at 2.30am… Adding to all this, on Friday night we saw George Clinton with Parliament and Funkadelic at the Caloundra Music Festival. Then Saturday night we saw The […]


Fushimi Inari-taisha Kyoto Japan

Here I was thinking all the trains in Japan were speedy i.e.320 km/hr. Well no, we got the slllooowwww (disappointing) train to Nagoya to catch a connecting speedy train to Kyoto (exciting). Quick run to the right platform for new speedy. There were about 20 of us running and we had about 3 minutes all […]


This town was stunning with it’s ancient buildings, river and ambling creeks. We loved it. The town was full of ancient alleys and buildings from the Edo period 1603 – 1868. The streets are full of shops with stuff, stuff and more stuff. We spent hours in the tourist shop on the corner near our […]


We got the bus there, got off and straight away went to get the thermals on, it was freezing. This nature walk followed the river to Taisho Pond which was an absolute highlight, nestled amidst the mountains. The walk (yes lot’s more walking) was about 5 hours round trip, but was some of the most […]


The next morning we were on our way to Matsumoto. Get the train first, I thought it was going to be a fast one i.e. 300km/hr. It wasn’t. It was quite hot in Tokyo about 30 deg. Then in the mountains it was quite cold i.e. 15degrees C, time to get rugged up. We started […]

Khao Sok

Our Travels Khao Sok National Park

Khao Lak Next; we flew from Chiang Mai to Phuket, with our destination being Khao Lak. This is a quiet town about 1 hour drive from Phuket airport and is right on the ocean. It was completely devastated in the 2004 Christmas tsunami and we visited the museum dedicated to this disaster. It is visited […]

New Zealand 2015

our travels milford sound new zealand

New Zealand Here We Come… The idea was to go back to NZ, see the Milford Sound and see Phyll around/after her 80th Birthday. We flew into Christchurch and got our hire car from the airport. It all went according to plan so we headed for our hotel The YMCA. Great location. However after the […]


Our Travels Granada Spain

Malaga – Granada Firstly I must say the culture and natural beauty of Southern Spain is astounding! We landed at Malaga airport southern Spain after about a 1.5 hour flight from Manchester. We then straight away sussed out getting a bus from the airport to our first destination, Granada. Didn’t really have any chance to […]