Philip Gates


Philip Gates

First overseas holiday in a long, long time. I've embraced the idea of being able to share my experiences close to when they all happen.

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket September 2nd 2017

Late arising this morning, about 9:00am local time, and slow to get moving. But a quick shower and off to a leisurely breakfast. Well I wish. We’d been booked to meet the Asian Holidays representative at 10:30 so we gulped down breakfast and bolted for the resort lobby. After about an hour and a half we walked away with two days trips organized plus a night’s entertainment and a better feel for the area. A bit of a wander around the resort to look at some of the features. Then on the way back to our room a bit of a walk around the various breezeways in our part of the resort – it seems to be organized into buildings, we are in 4 - to get the lay of the land. Back in our room ... read more
room view 2.
Cheryls pic.
Annettes pic.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Narre Warren September 1st 2017

Travel Day. Up early in preparation for the much anticipated trip. Most of the packing complete already. It’s always those last minute things that take up the time. Important things like making sure the i-Pod has everything you want on it. Anyway, packing complete, bags in the car and off we go. Out onto the freeway and road works! Of the 70 to 80 kilometres of trip to the airport, how many of these are at 100 KPH – about 5. Mostly road works but of course there’s that marvelous feat of engineering that was mostly there before the works were commenced but that we now need to pay for every time we use it. I’m of course talking about City Link. But I’m on holidays – Yay! Enough of the negative. Got to the car ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes August 28th 2013

24 Aug Day 12: HuchuyQosqo, Taucca, Chincheros ,Ollanta and train to AguasCalientes, Machupicchu. I woke up. this morning to the sound of rain on the skylight. The first rain we've seen in almost two weeks in Peru and everyone is out on their Treks. Perhaps getting sick is a cloud with a silver lining. I got up had a nice shower, breakfast and generally a leisurely start to the day. Why you ask am I going into this level of detail? Well, it will become clear when you read what I should have been doing which was - "An early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to HuchuyQosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through a narrow canyon to see ... read more
The puma stands strong
The mountain is having a wee
The town of Ollantaytambo

South America » Peru » Cusco August 26th 2013

26 Aug Day 14: Aguas Calientes– Cusco The day has dawned fine for Day 2 at Machu Picchu. After an uncertain start about having a late start for the climb up Huayna Picchu (10:00am compared to Garry and Don starting at 7am) then an earlier train, an hour and a half before Don and Garry and Maryalina, I got onto the 7 am start. The climb up Huayna Picchu is some 300 odd metres but just about straight up. While it's a hard climb, I'd recommend it to any-one. The views at the top are spectacular. I have to admit that while I don't particularly have a fear of heights I've never been one to go and stand on the edge of a drop without the security of a hand rail. There were no hand rails ... read more
Not really that steep - Until you're on it.
Just one of the many ways it gets spelt
More views

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 25th 2013

25 Aug Day 13: AguasCalientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco The day has arrived! There have been many special locations and events, some anticipated - seeing the Condors, spending time with the family at lake Titicaca - and some not totally expected - just how much I liked and enjoyed Arequipa - but for me getting to Machu Picchu was always the ultimate prize. So the day is here. Our itinerary reads: - "Early wake up at 04:00 am and after breakfast we need to wait at the Bus Terminal to get our bus. The first Bus to Machupicchu depart at 5:30am ( 8Hrs in Machupicchu). After 30 minutes of bus ride we are at the entrance of Machu Picchu ready for our guided visit, 3 hours guided tour with our expert tour guide, he will ... read more
Why move the rock.
The houses look good
Now that's a steep driveway

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 24th 2013

22 Aug Day 10: free day Cusco Its interesting to see and hear about the people who go on Treks. A lot are unlikely. On Monday night the girls we met and had our meal with, had just completed their briefing for their trek, which as it happens is one of the tougher ones. They told us about a couple of girls on their trek who were asking all sorts of questions such as about the showers. The guide informed them that if they required showers were available. They would be cold but available. The girls were shocked that the showers weren't hot. Mind you this particular trek goes to the middle of no-where. They also wanted to know about packing their bikinis. Well, as it happens bathers of some sort could be useful as the ... read more
Local School children.
The risen Christ
The Fountain in the Main square

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 23rd 2013

20 Aug Day 8: Cusco City Tour Well you might wonder where I've been for the last couple of days. In a word Nowhere. It appears that I met and made friends with a couple of little critters who went to work on me - and won. I thought I had altitude sickness but apparently I'm fully acclimatised to the altitude with a blood oxygen level of 92% and what they considered a good heart rate. In fact I was told that because I felt no ill effect at 5,000 metres it was unlikely to be the altitude. So what have I seen of the City of Cusco, well some lights on Monday night, the inside of my eyelids on Tuesday (yes I slept the whole day and actually fell asleep during a conversation with Garry ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco August 19th 2013

19 Aug Day 7: Puno - Cusco We were picked up at 6:30 this morning and taken to a coach for the trip to Cusco, arriving at 5:00 pm on the dot. We were told when we got on the coach it would 5:00 pm. Liz was clock watching and picked up the fact that it was exactly on time. It was just as well we had some-one who knew what they were doing in the driver who picked us up and dropped us at the bus station. He got all the right stamps and so on added to the tickets. From there it was off to Cusco the ancient Inca capital. This is one of the most spectacular road journeys in the world as we travelled right along the spine of the Andes and is ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Taquile Island August 19th 2013

17 Aug Day 5: Lake Titicaca Puno The end of a couple of busy days. We had a minor disappointment yesterday. When our itinerary said we were sleeping on an island, because of the way it was written we assumed (didn't read it closely enough) that we would be on the Uros floating islands. WRONG. We ended up on a solid earth island. It was still good though as we got to walk up to the two top peaks of the island ending up at around 4,150 meters. Its just a shame that the lintels weren't so high. We just about had to kneel down to get through the door of the room the boys were in. BUT we had the mirror - Maryalina and Liz didn't - nah nah nah nah nah. The score was ... read more
Uros traditions being kept alive on Dry land
Local transport
One of the Islands

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno August 16th 2013

16th of August Day 4: Chivay to Colca Canyon to Puno Well here we are in Puno after a very long day. We started the day Chivay in the Colca Valley. After a 6:00 am our guide and driver took us to the 'Cruz del Condor', a natural viewpoint opposite the nesting-sites of the famous Andean Condors. We arrive in time to see these majestic birds launch themselves into the Canyon as they set out on their day's hunt. Both the birds and the canyon are spectacular. At this location the canyon is 1,200 metres deep. I got a couple of shots of the Condors but nothing like what Don got so I will down load his pictures and load them to the blog when I can. After spending more time in the Canyon, we returned ... read more
Local Ducks
These are wild camelids
Don't they look pretty

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