Vicki and Kevin Goulder

Vic and Kev

Vicki and Kevin Goulder

Live in Canberra, Australia. Retired and enjoying travel overseas and within Australia

Europe August 24th 2022

Rudesheim Today is going to be a long day as we have to move boats again. This part of the Rhine is not navigable at present. We left at 8:30 by bus for Rudesheim. A separate coach is taking our suitcases to Düsseldorf to be put in rooms on the Scenic Pearl. We have been given €25 each for lunch as we will be off the bus for the day. We arrived and immediately hopped on the Winzerexpress mini train to take us into town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrumental Machines. It is a privately owned and maintained museum of working music machines some dating back 400 years. They have some examples of bird singing boxes that can be purchased for as little as $2000!! We passed but they are clever. They have over 300 moving ... read more
Remains of Roman road in Cologne
Cologne beer
Coaster “bill”

Europe » Germany August 20th 2022

Our cruise continues amid the possibility of either being restricted or cancelled due to the “unprecented” drought in Europe and low river levels. Before we left home we knew that we would be changing boats after day 7 with the possibility of spending the last two nights in hotels. Well we have the best possible outcome. We are changing boats after our visit to Regensburg and again after Miltenberg. Strangely the boat that we will be boarding in Dusseldorf will be the Scenic Pearl which should have been our original boat but as it was upstream it could not get to Budapest so we board the Scenic Jewel. When we left Budapest we sailed over a section where there was only 40 centimetres of water underneath us. We are now on the Opal. The logistics behind ... read more
Delicious pretzels.

Europe » Austria » Vienna August 13th 2022

We arrived in Vienna and were treated to a private concert at the Palais Liechtenstein. Greeted with a glass of sparkling and we were treated to a program of Strauss and Mozart including music, opera and ballet. A very polished performance in a stunning building. The Garden Palace is owned by the Princley Family of Liechtenstein and the Golden Carriage was one of five commissioned in 1738. It is the only one to survive as it was dismantled and stored until being brought to Vienna in 2003. The following day we opted for a bus tour to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. We travelled out of Vienna past a series of government owned green houses that are heated by the energy output of the nearby incinerators. Our guide gave us a brief rundown on Slovakias history. ... read more
A tight squeeze
Palais Lichtenstein forecourt.
Palais Lichtenstein coach.

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 8th 2022

We arrived at 2 am and checked into the Marriott for a 3 night stay prior to our cruise. A late start the first morning. After a great breakfast we set off to explore Budapest. The hotel is on the Pest side of the Danube ie the flat side. We walked towards the Parliament building and stopped at the Shoe Memorial. This is a memorial to the holocaust victims who were asked to remove their shoes before they were executed as the leather in the shoes was considered valuable. We continued to explore the city and ventured towards Vorosmarty Square where we had lunch followed by an ice cream. There are ice cream stands everywhere. While having lunch we became aware of something we had not encountered in a long time. Smokers sitting at a table ... read more
Central Market produce
Paprika at markets
Lunch at markets

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 7th 2022

We had decided to have a day in London after leaving the family in Peterborough. Plans made and a hotel booked but everything changed overtime. We booked a hotel near Terminals 2 and 3 as we were flying from Terminal 2. We booked two nights as our flight was leaving at 9:45 am. Ultimately our flight was changed twice and then cancelled. The replacement flight scheduled to leave at 21:15 and from Terminal 5. We now had two days to fill. We said goodbye to our family and caught the train to London Kings Cross, the tube to Terminals 2 and 3 and then walked to our hotel and checked in. Day one - London We caught the underground into London using the new Elizabeth line. Air- conditioned, how fabulous. It is the poor man’s Heathrow ... read more
Taking the dog for a paddle at St Catherine’s Wharf
Lunch at the Dickens Inn
Electric charging at boat mooring

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire » Cambridge August 7th 2022

Our first visit to Cambridge. We travelled by train from Peterborough, collected a map when we arrived and settled down at Cafe. Euro for a delicious coffee while we planned what to do. We decided on a Hop on Hop off tour which would help us get an overview of the city. £13.50 each and we were on our way. We travelled about half way passing the Fitzwilliam Museum, Jesus College, the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and the WWII American Cemetary and were again surprised by the brown grass that has replaced the green playing fields. We decided to get off near the river Cam and take a look at the Mathematical Bridge and the people punting on the river. It was now lunch time and we had stepped off the bus near The Anchor Inn, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Horn Island June 26th 2021

A breezy and sunny day. Breakfast at 7 and then we left the motel to catch the ferry to Horn Island. The posse gets were a mix of tourists, locals and some nursing staff who were to conduct a vaccination clinic. We had seen one in Thursday Island in an old church. We were met by Vanessa of Torres Strait Island tours for a tour of the island. Vanessa as a teacher decided to raise money to retrieve the WWII sites and try to gain recognition for the troops who served here. 5000 were stationed here. Allies knew that if they held Horn Island they could hold off the Japanese. It was bombed on 14 March 1942. Both RAAF and USAAF aircraft used the airfield as a stopover for fighters flying to Port Moresby, and as ... read more
Memorial to a soldier buried on the island
On Thursday Island
Tour Bus

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Thursday Island June 25th 2021

Sunny and Humid Breakfast at 6:45 and departed at 7:15 for our trip to Thursday Island. Our bags are going to Cairns on the bus. The ferry across was very comfortable. We were met at the ferry terminal for a tour of the island. We first stopped at the cemetery to see memorials to the creator of the Thursday Island flag and also the Japanese of the island. We then visited Green Hill Fort which was built like Fort Denison in Sydney, to repel a Russian invasion. There was a very interesting museum of objects including furniture from the time of the building of the fort. We went to our hotel to wait for checkin. The rooms were clean bu a bit tired. Aircon worked well so all good. We decided on a quick walk around ... read more
Coffee to go
The Jardine hotel

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape York June 23rd 2021

Up early for our departure to Fruit Bat Falls and a swim. We travelled the Telegraph Track passing through some rugged countryside. We mostly travelled on bypass roads as some sections of the track are impassable. First stop was the Bramwell Station Roadhouse where we had a photo taken next to a termite mound larger than the bus. Rain started falling. We stopped to see a cairn erected for the 3 men left behind by Kennedy. Fruit Bat Falls - an amazing place. The weather was overcast but warm and the water of Eliot Creek was clear and lovely. Tricky to get in but quite a few of us did. The object is to swim against the flow of the water towards the weir so that the water coming over is like a waterfall. I didn't ... read more
Fruit Bat Falls
Vicki in the falls
Some of our group under the waterfall

MISSING June 21st 2021

After leaving Lotus Bay Lodge we made our way north on the Peninsula Development Road. We passed through Coen before arriving at the Archer River Roadhouse for lunch. Great hamburgers ( real Aussie ones), chips and an iceblock. We then continued on to Weipa. Excellent breakfast this morning including a cappuccino. We left the motel in Weipa for an excellent 2 hour cruise with West Cape Eco Tours (Darren and Jane). We saw crocs, a jabiru catching a fish, boobies and a sea eagle. Darren told us about and we saw evidence of the failed oyster leases. After the cruise we had a drive around town. Patricia Lakes, there are three of them, is used for recreational fishing. 2 of the lakes usually dry up in the dry season. Weipa is a large very tidy town ... read more
Tourists! With crocodile jawbone

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