I travel whenever time and money allows, seeking interesting sights and experiences where ever I can find them.
To date I have seen large expanses of the Asian, European and African continents.
My next trip in 2013 will be around the three seas, the Mediterranean, the Black and the Caspian. In 2014 I will travel through Southern and East Africa, bring on those gorillas.
March 8th 2013
I rose from my bed early Wednesday morning caught a bus into town connecting with the Fremantle train around 8 am, when we arrived at Freo we went for a vegetarian breakfast at Dome. Unfortunately for us none of the museums were open yet so we visited the Round House first before moving on to the excellent Shipwreck Museum near the Marina which featured the wreck of the Batavia and then the equally great Maritime Museum which featured the magnificent Australia 2 racing yacht. Next we jumped on the free bus to the Fremantle gaol, the tour guide was both interesting and at times amusing unfortunately we had some whiny kids and a couple of released criminals who absurdly thought they were something special. This gaol was a tough place to be in its day, it ... read more
March 5th 2013
Departing Cervantes for the final mobile leg of our journey was a relief although a little bit more dangerous because with a long weekend beginning today hundreds more vehicles are on the roads exiting Perth, one of which came very close to hitting us near Lancelin. Our first stop of today was at the Yanchep National Park, there are a variety of activities here including caves and indigenous displays but we decided to give these a miss. We did however go view some very sleepy Koala and go for two kilometre walk around the lake. Our next stop was the Aquarium of Western Australia at Hillarys Harbour, it was extremely busy and we couldnt find a park for a motorhome so we thought initially that we would miss out. My gps had other ideas and lead ... read more
March 1st 2013
It was time to leave Busselton, not a bad town but full of ignorant drivers who dont give way to pedestrians and who have no idea how to use an indicator properly. We drove north towards Bunbury before joining the South Western Highway at the town of Harvey, so many pretty towns but no where cheap to eat or drink. We passed through a number of similarly lovely towns as we travelled north toward Armadale where I pulled over to set up my GPS device which proved really useful in navigating Perth's poorly designed highway system, I couldnt believe how many traffic lights they have on their highways. Eventually we made our way onto the Great Northern Highway arriving in New Norcia an hour or so later. New Norcia is certainly unique, established by Spanish Benedictine ... read more
February 27th 2013
Today we needed to pickup provisions from Woolworths and use McDonalds' free wifi before setting off on the days activities. Our first stop was the Princess Royal Fortress which commands the main harbor of Albany; the fort was built in 1893 after a pre-federation agreement to share funding by the existing colonies. Britain supplied the armaments and the fort remained combat ready between 1895 until 1956 when all Commonwealth shore defenses became redundant. The site served a variety of purposes over the decades but has since been restored and now houses a first rate memorial to those who once manned the site and/or fought for Australia in the First World War. Albany is important as the first and second waves of troops left here for Egypt and then Gallipoli and the town was the last sight ... read more
February 24th 2013
Soon after departing Duke of Orleans Bay we turned onto the road for Cape Le Grand National Park, where we came across Esperance’s own version of Stonehenge, a full scale version of the ancient English archeological site as it may have looked millenia ago. Not long after we arrived at the park entrance and I was happy to finally use the national parks pass which I arranged prior to departing Adelaide. I was keen to climb Frenchman's Peak, named by you guessed it the French in 1789. The climb started off easy enough but the humidity was high and I soon began to struggle a little. Eventually I made it to the top and was rewarded with superb views of the national park and nearby islands; the climb down was torturously slow at times but safety ... read more
February 21st 2013
Driving out of the Ceduna the last major town in South Australia’s west, I had visions of an endless lifeless plain stretching west to the gold mining town of Norseman. How wrong can a person be, apart from a “short stretch” around Yalata there was an abundance of trees and birdlife, although we saw no animals until we visited Eucla. The South Australian stretch of the Nullarbor rewarded us with sightings of the stunning Wedge tailed eagle and the stunning coastal views at the head of the Great Australian Bite. The views of the cliffs and dunes were superb and the chance to stop for lunch and to stretch our legs was welcome. It was then on to the Nullarbor Roadhouse for a very expensive fuel stop ($2 per litre) before driving two further hours to ... read more
February 20th 2013
Ruth's cousin Mark arrived in town a few days ago from the UK via Sydney and the Territory and will be joining us when we drive from Adelaide to Perth. This crossing has always loomed large on my bucket list so it seemed a great opportunity to hire a motorhome and take Mark with us across the Nullarbor to Perth. I picked up the motorhome after work Friday, I cant believe they charge a credit card fee on there security deposit, which they refuse to refund when the vehicle is returned. I spent much of the evening packing the motorhome, taking the animals to my mums and just getting ready to go. We are planning to leave home at about 6am. At 6am we were on the road stopping for a brief breakfast at Port Wakefield ... read more
March 14th 2012
Today I visited the World Heritage listed mosques scattered around the town of Bagerhat, the drive was very scenic and the roads for the most part surprisingly good. Bangladesh is very clean and very green in comparison to India, the roads are almost deserted and pollution is minimal. I visited the Shait Gumbad Mosque built in 1459 and the largest and most magnificent traditional mosque in Bangladesh, the Singair Mosque and the Ronvijoypur Mosque which has the largest dome in the country still none of where a patch on the Mughal architecture of India. It was then on to Khan Jahan’s tomb and the Dargah Mosque which was surrounded by a solid wall and wasn’t very exciting despite the blessing I received from the imam and the pretty nearby lake with the crocodiles. It was then ... read more
March 11th 2012
I spent much of my last day in Mumbai relaxing and eating toasted cheese sandwiches in the early afternoon I farewelled Padraic and travelled to the airport, my flight to Kolkata was late departing but arrived on time so all was well. I had arranged a pick up at the airport in Kolkata but when I arrived there was nobody there, so I rang my contact who had forgotten me so I had a long wait, a gentleman seemed concerned for my welfare and offered to take me to my hotel, unfortunately I didn’t have one as I was supposed to be on my way to the Sunderbans not feeding Kolkata’s mosquitoes. Finally they arrived in an old 1960 era vehicle only to tell me it was too late to go out to the National Park ... read more
March 8th 2012
We left Aurangabad at 7am and it took seven hours to get to Mumbai not an overly interesting drive but I did see two guys and four goats on a motorcycle and what may have been a dead man on the roadside. The roads here are generally poor and incredibly dangerous, fortunately I have only been in one accident in the two months I have been here and that was a motorbike we hit the other day (not serious). We arrived at our hotel around mid afternoon farewelled our driver and checked into the hotel, I had arranged earlier in the week. Mumbai is a pleasant surprise at least the area where we are staying, it ranks with Udaipur in the pleasant city stakes, and I particularly like the rotting British architecture that surrounds us. We ... read more