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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya October 31st 2006

Ayutthaya started in 1350, by 1372 it had displace Sukothai and the most powerful Thai city. By 1440 it had become the most powerful city in south east asia after displace Ankor. capital of thailand for over 400 years until 1767 is located about 80kms north of Bangkok. It can be reached by road, boat or train. I chose the train. An air conditioned second class seat for 315baht taking 1.5 hours. As my guide book stated 2.5 hours I almost over shot my destination. While in transit a small bento style meal was served consisting of curried chicken, vegetables and steamed rice. Outside of Bangkok the country was a big flood plan with water extending to the horizon on both sides. Avoiding the guantlett of tuk-tul drivers I walked to the river and took the ... read more
Naresuan Street
Historical Park

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 25th 2006

Bangkok's official name is "Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit", though most thais are happy to stop at Krung Thep ie "City of Angels". The name Bangkok was the name of a pre-existing village. Meaning "Village of Wild Plums" it was not considered a suitable name for a new capital city. If you only visit one wat in Bangkok, it should be Wat Phra Kaew in the grounds of the Royal Palace. Home of the Emerald Budda, the most venerated image in Thailand, it is the most gorgeously decorated wat in Bangkok. The Emerald Budda, actually carved from a single piece of jasper, first appeared in Chang Rai in 1464, and has been housed in Wat Phra Kaew since 1782. Because ... read more
Big Standing Budda
Wat Phra Kaew
School Girls at Royal Palace

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket October 20th 2006

Having a window seat on the right hand side I could see the beaches on the western side of Phuket as the plane came in to land. On the ground finally at 3:30pm I was glad to be off the plane that I boarded at 8:00am in Perth. But before I could go to paradise they was the slow formally off immigration to endure. Journeying to Patong from the airport in a minibus took longer than I expected. This is because I mistakingly thought the airport was near Phuket Town rather the in the north of the island. The plane flies from Perth, lands a Phuket, continues on to Bangkok and then returns to Perth, all within 24 hours. On the way, mounted above an intersection I saw a number 83, which I orginally thought was ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » West Coast September 1st 2006

A day walk in the west coast of Tasmania.... read more
Billy  Tea
   A Great View
Because the Leaky Pipeline

Cradle Mountain, located near the north end of the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park in central Tasmania is one of my favourite places on Planet Earth. Though not high, about 1545 meters, it has a quiet serenity which allows the consciousness to image itself drifting back more than 5 thousand years and observing the same scene. The shingled hut in the foreground is called the Boat Hut, though when it last had a boat, I have no idea. Coupled witha small sandy beach in front of it, it is used as a resting place for overland and day walkers. Like so many lakes in Tasmania, the lake, Lake Dove is a glacier lake scoured out during the last ice age which ended about 10,000 years ago. The orange colouring on the mountain side ... read more
Boat Hut
Kitchen Hut

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island January 10th 2006

K'gari meaning God's of Paradise is the aboriginal name of Fraser Island. Located off the Queensland coast just south of the Great Barrier Reef, opposite the coast from Maryborough, and covering over a 180,000 hectares and 120 kilometers long it is composed mostly of sand, the largest sand island in the world. A island of barren sand dunes. No!! An island with over a hundred fresh water lakes, the second highest concentration of lakes in Australia, some tannin and others crystal clear and surrounded by white sandy beaches. An island where rainforest grows. To this paradise came I and a group of other people from Australia, Britain and Japan on a three day tour. We spent the first night lodged in the KingFisher resort on the east side and the second in the Eurong motel on ... read more
Discovering Cockles
Eli Creek

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland June 22nd 1991

The Lake District, a wild or manicured beauty? Irregularly shaped hills with rocky outcrops are laced with carefully placed stone walls separating paddocks. Walkers seem to strictly adhere to trials that slice through sheep and cattle pastures. I stay in Ambleside, alongside Windamere (panorama). Ambleside, located on the eastern shore, about a third down from the northern tip, is a town in which the buildings have been constructed with slate that has been cut into rectangular blocks. Windamere, shaped like a finger is the largest lake in the district. This Windamere, with its towns, piers and boats superficially appeared to be very different from Lake Windamere, located in the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania. That lake, like the surrounding country is relatively untouched wilderness. Yet, both were created by glaciation during ... read more
Carlisle Plaza
Hadrian's Wall

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales June 17th 1991

Only signs written in both Welsh and English are evidence that I have crossed the invisible border separating Wales from England. Located due north of clun and just within Wales is Chirk Castle. Commanding fine views over the surrounding countryside it was built in 1300 as a fortress by Roger Mortimer, one of King Edward I's warlords. Five of tis medieval owners where executed for treason. Changing hands during the War of Roses it was by 1495 in the Tudor's hands. It was sold for £5000 to Sir Thomas Myddeton. It is still owned by his decendents. The exterior has been changed very little even though parts of it were demolished in the English Civil War. Inside, the first room visited in the Cromwell Room which contains relics of the English Civil War. Guns were used, ... read more
Plas Newydd
Caenafodon Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Lacock June 15th 1991

Off to Shakespeare country, but first a detour to the village of Lacock. Initially the attraction was the Fox Talbot Museum, but Lacock is a charming village. For me a discovered gem, because I had no knowledge of its existence before I went to Bath. Dating back to the 13th century it has many lime washed, half-timbered and stone houses. Because of its picturesque charm it is often used as a set for films and television. The television series Jane Austen WILL be filmed here in 1995. First area specially visited was the cemetery to see the grave of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800 - 1877). It is marked by a very prominent grave stone. Talbot is most noted for the invention of negative/positive photography. He also made contributions to mathematics, optics, astronomy, archeology and had ... read more
Lacock Abbey
Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath June 10th 1991

While driving to Bath I stop at Cleeve Abbey, which was a Cistercian abbey founded around 1190. Cistercians were named because of their clothes of undyed wool (white monks), after Citeaux in Burgandy. Their day, beginning at 2AM, consisted of 8 or 9 periods of worship and 4 hours of work before retiring at 7pm. Theoretically they followed the values of St Benedict which was to live a simple life, do manual work and study. In practice the code wasn't always followed. For example around 1400 the Abbot and some other monks lead a band of 200 bandits. Lay brothers and peasants did most of the heavy manual work. Self sufficiency in farming and sheep had raised their material wealth, so that by the time it was closed, a result of Henry's VIII Dissolution of Monasteries ... read more
Roman Baths
Sally Lunn Kitchen Museum
Pulteney Bridge

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