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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Lautoka July 11th 2016

Geo: -17.61, 177.45With the Melanesian Championships finished and Fletcher's course complete we had one day where we could just be tourists. Fletcher had made sure we could have a night to go to First Landing, a resort just north of Nadi on the road to Lautoka.. He had been there several times before and wanted to take me to dinner there. Last week we decided to stay there too so I went online and booked the last available roo, Tis happened to be a Villa which originally was priced at $236. Though that was more expensive than we would usually pay the description of the place told me there were two King sized beds, a living roo and kitchen. So I thought it was worth it. It turned out that the price quoted was in US ... read more
Fletcher at the Novotel
Me at the Novotel
One of the villages

Oceania » Fiji July 10th 2016

Geo: -18.1333, 178.417The Melanesian Championships started with an Opening Ceremony on Wednesday Night, It included a march past of all the teams and a cultural dance display. There was a large Australian contingent and Fiji had entered both a major team and a development squad. The proceedings included a display of Indigenous dancing and male bravado which was very entertaining.During the three days of the championships I fulfilled a variety of roles. I was appointed as a Chief Judge for field events so over the three days I chiefed a High Jump, a long jump, three discus throws and five shot puts. The weather was great, no rain and very mild days. During the events I worked with several local officials and was most impressed by their enthusiasm and willingness to learn the event. Each day ... read more
The team from Kiribati
Another team
Wallis and Futuna

Oceania » Fiji July 7th 2016

Geo: -18.1333, 178.417The weather has remained cool and overcast during the past three days. The temperature has been in the low twenties but the annoying light rain and cool winds have made outdoor activities unpleasant. Fletcher and I went over to the Peninsula Hotel on Saturday evening to have a drink with the course participants. There are several Aussies and New Zealanders as well as coaches from Tuvalu, Samoa, Tonga etc. Andrea, an American now living in Guam, bought us the first drink. She is a lovely lady and we had a great chat about American politics as well as other topics. I had gone into the library earlier in the day to try to find out how the Australian election was faring. It is much closer than I thought it would be and it looks ... read more
Fletcher, Trevor and Linda at Maya Dhaba
Fruit and Veg at the market
Coconut oil for sale

Oceania » Fiji July 2nd 2016

Geo: -18.1333, 178.417The last two or three days have been quiet but relaxing. Fletcher starts lecturing each morning at 8am so is up and away by 7-45am. I take my time but have usually got organised by 10am. On Wednesday morning I walked to the Fiji Museum which is just the other side of Albert Park, set in the beautiful Thurston Gardens. I had visited here nearly 40 years ago so thought I would take another look. It is a mall building but has several rooms depicting the history and culture of Fiji. The largest room contains, among other artefacts, an outrigger canoe which was the main form of transport before white settlement. This one is grand with a cabin on deck. I spent a pleasant hour or so wandering through the displays and reviving my ... read more
Fijian Museum
Large outrigger canoe
Fiji artefacts

Oceania » Fiji June 28th 2016

Geo: -18.1333, 178.417Fletcher was asked to run a Jumps Coaches course in Suva leading up to the Melanesian Championships and so I was pleased to be able to go with him. It must be at least 20 years since I have been to Fiji so it was time to revisit a country I had enjoyed previously.We first flew to Brisbane where after a short wait we boarded a Fiji Airlines plane for Suva. It was full and we were seated around the middle which meant that when the meal was served we were one of the last to receive it. Fortunately it was only a 3 hour flight so the time passed quickly.Om arrival at Nadi we had to change terminals to catch a plane for Nausori, the airport which serves Suva. Here we ran into ... read more
The swimming pool with water slide at the hotel
Our lunch view at the Holiday Inn
Fletcher looking very relaxed

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle February 23rd 2016

Geo: -32.0531, 115.746We landed in Mauritius on a very hot and humid day. The tour excursion guide said that it was a pleasant 10 minute coastal walk into the city of Port Louis. It lied!! We walked along a very dusty road for over half an hour to reach the main part of the city. I was not feeling the best. So far on this trip I had been exceptionally well but this morning the 24 hour lurgy started so I was struggling a bit. I was determined not to miss out though. On the way to the Caudron Waterfront complex we passed both a Buddhist, Chinese temple and a Hindu temple under construction. Mauritius has a very multicultural population with many citizens of Indian descent who were brought here as indentured labour to work in ... read more
Hindu Temple
Shopping complex
Statue of first president of Mauritius

Africa » Mauritius » Port Louis February 15th 2016

Geo: -20.1605, 57.4977We arrived in port early and after breakfast we caught the shuttle bus to St Gilles-Les-Baines. This was a thirty minute trip from the port and is a seaside resort with the only white beach on the island. Reunion is a volcanic island and other beaches tend to have black sand. From where the bus dropped us off it was a short walk into the small town. We found a bank and withdrew some euros. It did not take long to walk up and down the main street. It was a Sunday so not many shops were open. It was also very hot so we sought shelter at a café, O Ti Marche where they had fans and we tried the local Dodo beer. Their WIFi was excellent so spent some time catching up. ... read more
At O Ti Marche
View of the river and bridge
At the beach at St Gilles

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis February 14th 2016

Geo: -21.0326, 55.2351 This was ourlast stop in South Africa. Durban is an even larger port than Port Elizabeth.We came in a little late as the pilot was tardy in arriving. He flew in byhelicopter. We watched the sail in from our balcony. We docked and were free toget off about 9am.We hadplanned to get a taxi from the pier and go into the city. However, we foundconfusion on the wharf. There was a long line of people waiting for taxis andnone in sight. We decided to buy a ticket on the ship shuttle bus which was takingpassengers to Ushaka Marine Park, located on “The Golden Mile”, a stretch ofbeach leading to the Football Stadium which was built for the World Cup. TheMarine Park was housed in a large complex containing shops, restaurants andvarious animal enclosures. ... read more
Durban skyline
At Ushaka marine World
Compulsory

Africa » South Africa February 10th 2016

Geo: -29.853, 31.0164Our next port of call was Port Elizabeth. This is a large port, especially for exporting cars from the near-by assembly lines. Again we had not booked tours but relied on our own initiative and local taxis. We disembarked about9-30 and walked into the town. The first imposing sight is the Campanile, a very tall bell tower commemorating the first British settlement here in 1820. It was a short walk from there up some steps to the main centre of the city. Here there were some fine colonial buildings, still in good condition. We admired the large town hall standing on a wide square. Across the road was the Public Library with the seemingly necessary statue of Queen Victoria in front of it. We walked along what seemed to be the main shopping stree. ... read more
Town Hall in Port Elizabeth
Public Library and Queen  Victoria
Feather Market

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Elizabeth February 8th 2016

Geo: -33.9366, 25.5709Our third day in Cape Town was again a beautiful one with sunny skies though a cooler breeze. We decided to go into the city itself as it had been 18 years since we had seen it. We caught a taxi from the dock and asked to be dropped at St Georges Cathedral in the centre of the city. This Anglican Cathedral is an imposing stone building in the Gothic style, built in the 1800s. We went inside and admired the soaring stained glass windows and the carved choir stalls.From there we walked along St Georges Mall. As it was a Saturday, there were many market stalls being set up with African souvenirs in abundance. The prices were much lower than at the V&A Dock so we happily browsed and made some purchases. The ... read more
St Georges Mall
Unusual blend of old and new
Greenmarket Square




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