Deb and Terry


Deb and Terry

We are an Australian couple who enjoy travelling and try to get away for a longish trip once a year. We started blogging during our 2011 trip through Turkey and Greece.

Asia » Japan November 4th 2018

Tonight, is the last night of our time in Japan and the last night of our 7.5-week RTW trip. So, time to write this last blog and hopefully get a decent night’s sleep before trying to work out how to pack the Japanese souvenirs into our already full luggage, board the Shinkanson (bullet train) for Tokyo and Narita Airport before flying back home tomorrow evening. We’ve had almost 2 weeks in Japan, which is nowhere near enough, but we’re ready to head home and stop moving. We started the Japan leg of our trip in Kyoto after landing in Osaka earlier that morning. We’d had an almost 9-hour flight from Helsinki. I’ve previously thought of Japan as being in “our back yard” but it turns out that they’re in Finland’s back yard - our flight to ... read more
Approach to Kiyomizu-dera Temple - Kyoto
Young women in Kimono - Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Laneway in Gion District - Kyoto

Europe » Norway October 21st 2018

We’re about half way through our trip now and currently having a “day off”; mainly because the weather is miserable but also because we recognise the pleasure of not being on the go all the time. As I write this we are in Alesund which is about ¾ of the way down the Norwegian coastline. We started our Norwegian travels in Tromso, the largest city in northern Norway. It’s also where we boarded the daily Hurtigruten “mailboat” (we were on the MS Nordkapp) for our journey south along the Norwegian coastline. We could have started our journey a little further north in a small town called Kirkenes, close to the Russian border. However, I wanted to spend time in a couple of Norwegian towns along the way and I also have a tendency towards motion sickness, ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn September 30th 2018

We’re now four and a half days into our seven day visit to New York City and so time to start this blog. We’ve also had a slightly quieter day today in an effort to give Terry’s sore feet a bit of rest. We arrived here last Monday after a very early (3:00am) start in Los Angeles, 6:00 am departure followed by a 5-hr flight to NYC. By the time we collected our luggage, caught a taxi and crawled through the heavy traffic at JFK it was probably about 3:30 pm before we reached our apartment in the Clinton Hill district of Brooklyn. Once again, we are staying in an AirBnB and chose to stay in Brooklyn rather than with the throngs of other tourists in Manhattan. Our apartment is lovely, a 1-bedroom affair in a ... read more
At Madam Tussauds
A bunch of dead Presidents
The Oculus at World Trade Center

North America » United States » Washington » Anacortes September 22nd 2018

La Conner is our first stop on our round-the-world trip, we arrived here about 30 hours after locking the front door at home. La Conner, where on Earth is that I can imagine you asking? Well, it’s in the US state of Washington, about half way between Seattle and the Canadian border and on the shores of Puget Sound. We’re so close to Canada that the weather app on my phone is giving me the forecast for Victoria on Vancouver Island. La Conner is not very big and according to Wikipedia has a population of around 900. A sign in town lists its various claims to fame, one of which is something like Washington’s Best Town for Romantic Weekends – consequently it has a large selection of eating establishments, galleries, museums and a craft brewery. The ... read more
La Conner
La Conner
La Conner

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Witney July 25th 2016

Well, this is the last epistle for this trip as we have just one more day of travel left. Our location for the past 5 days has been the small village of South Leigh, about 7 miles from Oxford. The village is a collection of houses; no shop nor post office and a pub that has been closed for the last two years because of a dispute with the developer/owner. The population of the village is about 350 and its main claim to fame is its parish church; the Church of St. James the Great. I was on my way to visit the church yesterday when I met the lady who locks/unlocks the church – she’s also a bell ringer and a Sunday School teacher. She kindly offered to show me around which was nice. The ... read more

When I last left this blog we had just left Powis Castle in Wales and were on our way to our next stop in the Peak District. We had a pleasant drive, by passing the cities/towns of Shrewsbury, Market Drayton and Loggerheads; we were thinking that we were making good time, until we reached Stoke-on-Trent at what passes for rush hour. No rushing to be had there. We crawled our way through the approaches to the M6 and along a main road before finally hitting the open road. After a few miles we were getting close to our destination and the roads were becoming narrower. The pièce de résistance though would have to be the last few miles of our trip. We drove along Bottom Lane (pleasant) and then were guided down Parsons Lane and through ... read more
View from cottage front gate
Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids July 16th 2016

Our week in Wales is almost at an end. It’s been pleasant but the weather has been a bit colder and wetter than we’d have liked and so that has slowed us down a bit. We didn’t walk as much as we’d have liked this week but we’ve spent more time in the car and our morning starts have been a bit later than normal. We’ve been staying in a village called Square and Compass, on the northern coastline of St David’s Peninsula and about 7 miles (10 km) from St David’s itself. Calling Square and Compass a village is probably exaggerating its size; it’s more a collection of houses strung along the road and served by a garage-cum-convenience store with a rarely-open pub up the road. We arrived here after a fairly long drive from ... read more
Marloes Sands
Marloes Sands
Marloes Peninsula

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Ilfracombe July 8th 2016

Well that’s Ilfracombe almost done and dusted. We arrived here almost a week ago after spending most of the day in Exeter followed by a slow, wet drive across the moors to Ilfracombe. When we arrived our AirBnB hosts had the fire on! Exeter was pleasant but uneventful. It wouldn’t be an overseas trip unless Terry was trying to find something – a tiny screw driver in rural France, shoe polish in rural China and a replacement camera battery charger in Devon. We spent a bit of time trying to do that but eventually found success and saw parts of Exeter that we hadn’t counted on. Exeter is a relatively small city and was easy to negotiate by foot once in the centre of town – we left our car at the Park ‘n’ Ride. Lunch ... read more
Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Quay
RNLI Lifeboat Tractor/Launch vehical

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Budleigh Salterton June 29th 2016

It’s the morning of our last day in East Devon and I’ve been awake since 4:30. At this time of year, pretty much mid-summer, it’s light from about 4:00 am until after 10:00 pm at night. My mobile ringing with a call from Australia didn’t help either (note to self: turn off phone overnight). We’ve been staying in the town/village of Budleigh Salterton which is on the southern coastline of Devon not that far from Exeter and at the western end of the Jurassic Coast. Over the years we’ve considered trying an assisted through-walk along the Jurassic Coast but Terry’s recent leg surgery and our lack of real fitness put a stop to that idea. Our accommodation is part of a barn that has been converted and an adjacent thatched cottage. The thatched cottage is our ... read more
River Otter near Otterton
Looking toward Sidmouth from Coast Path
Looking towards Budleigh Salterton from the Coast Path

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Seven Sisters June 22nd 2016

We’ve been in the UK for 5 days now and so it’s time to start the blog before I forget the places we’ve visited. We started our holiday by driving from Heathrow to Seaford immediately after disembarking from our 24-hour travel from Brisbane - thankfully our flight had been uneventful and we’d managed to sleep on the plane. Our trip to Seaford was surprisingly stress-free until 10 minutes from our destination, at which point the battery in Terry’s iPad decided to die, thus taking our GPS and map capabilities with it. Once again we are using AirBnB listings for our holiday accommodation and eventually we managed to find our accommodation for the next week – a B&B on the outskirts of Seaford. Our host is a retired printer/typographer whose daughter convinced him to take up AirBnB ... read more
Garden views at Chartwell
Rose Garden at Chartwell

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