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Top time in the Top End: Katherine Gorge and Darwin

At the end of our week in Central Australia, we re-boarded the Ghan late in the afternoon for the overnight journey from Alice Springs to Darwin. Next morning, we pulled in to the town of Katherine, at the southern edge … Continue reading

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I’m still thinking about that painting

As foreshadowed in my previous post, I learnt a lot about the Wave Hill walk-off, a major event in modern Australian history, when Maggie and I viewed the Still in my mind exhibition in Alice Springs. In this post, I … Continue reading

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The Alice – heart of our country, home of our flies

There are thousands of cattle grazing in Central Australia, providing a rich breeding ground for bush flies. So, visitors to ‘The Alice’, as Alice Springs is affectionately called, spend a lot of time doing ‘the Aussie salute‘ if they are … Continue reading

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Up close with Uluru and Kata Tjuta

This post shows you what we did and saw when we weren’t watching the sun rise or set over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. First, a walk into Walpa Gorge, one of two trails open to the public at Kata Tjuta. … Continue reading

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Sunset, sunrise … sunset

This second post about our recent journey through the centre of Australia introduces you to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, one of the most iconic locations in Australia. Let me begin by saying that it is very difficult to convey … Continue reading

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Journey through the middle of Australia: days 1&2

Maggie and I have recently returned from a fortnight’s journey through the middle of Australia, from south to north. Our journey began in Adelaide, the capital city of the state of South Australia and finished in Darwin, the capital of … Continue reading

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Ten days in Japan: high speed, comfortable pace

  This is the first in a series of nine posts about our travels between June 2017 and February 2019. In total, we went on seven trips and spent significant time on the ground in thirteen countries across four continents … Continue reading

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Travel post backlog

Other than a couple of fleeting references to a recent resort-based holiday in Vietnam, I haven’t written any posts about travel since May 2017. So, my Sheriff’s-posse-sized band of regular readers could be forgiven for assuming that Maggie and I … Continue reading

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Norwegian fish soup, with a Danish twist

In mid-June 2018, Maggie and I flew into Bergen, Norway, after spending eight delightful days in the Scottish highlands. We had booked two nights’ accommodation in the old centre of Bergen, ahead of a cruise that would take us along … Continue reading

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Not so crusty that we won’t learn to singe a new tuna

How do I explain why Maggie and I have reached the age of 65 without ever cooking sesame-crusted tuna? Ignorance? Carelessness? Bloody-minded commitment to European culinary conditions? All three of those reasons and probably more besides. Anyway, I am consoled … Continue reading

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