zephyrbc

zephyrbc

zephyrbc

We both love exploring the world together and learning about other cultures, history and food. This blog started as a way to keep our families up to date whilst we were travelling, but has turned into a record of all the fabulous experiences we've shared together whilst travelling.

We live and work in Melbourne, Australia but try to travel as much as our jobs (and cats) will let us. Happy reading 😊



Asia » Japan » Kanagawa » Hakone September 5th 2023

Having learnt our lesson after the trip from Tokyo, Scott took Elodie to the playground to run off some energy while I packed up our AirBNB in Osaka. By the time they came back I was all done so we grabbed our suitcases and headed to the train station. When we arrived at Osaka station we purchased shinkansen tickets to Hakone. We opted to take a slightly later train so we'd have a direct trip. While waiting for the train it became clear that the morning playground trip had been a little too successful as Elodie fell asleep in her pram. We had about an hour and a half wait for our train, so Elodie was awake by the time we were due to board. We were a little worried about how she'd cope being awake ... read more
Hakone Open Air Museum
Hakone Open Air Museum
Hakone Open Air Museum

Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka September 2nd 2023

After six wonderful nights in Tokyo we packed up our hotel room and headed to the train station to start the journey to our next stop, Osaka. We caught the metro train to Tokyo station, bought some lunch and then purchased tickets for the shinkansen to Osaka. The trip to Osaka was uneventful, particularly for Elodie who had a nap. Once we arrived we transferred to another local train and after a short ride we arrived at our AirBNB. I had booked a cute three bedroom place for us in Umeda, Osaka. As soon as we opened the front door I think Scott and I thought 'oh no' because of the very steep stairs! We turned on the aircon, checked out the (lovely) rooms and then headed out to a nearby playground. Elodie enjoyed having the ... read more
Osaka aquarium
Osaka aquarium
Osaka aquarium

Asia » Japan » Tokyo August 28th 2023

After four nights in Nikko we boarded the train back to Tokyo. There are quite a few different train options but we ended up with tickets for the local train, then changed to a shinkansen which took us to Tokyo station. Elodie fell asleep in her pram as we were about to board the shinkansen and slept through the entire ride which meant I didn't get to use my reserved seat and instead stood in the entry to the carriage while she snoozed. After arriving at Tokyo station we transferred to the metro to get to Shinjuku. Shinjuku station is the busiest station in the world. It wasn't too crazy when we arrived, and we managed to navigate to our exit without too many issues (though the ideal one was closed). After checking into our hotel ... read more
TeamLab Planets
TeamLab Planets
TeamLab Planets

Asia » Japan » Tochigi » Nikko August 22nd 2023

Things have changed a little since our last travelblog. Not only was there a pandemic, but we're now travelling as a trio. Scott, Elodie and I departed Melbourne at 10:30ish on a Friday morning. We were a little apprehensive about how a 10hr flight with a very busy nearly two year old would go, but we were pleasantly surprised. Elodie snacked, coloured, ran up and down the aisles, watched a little Ms Rachel, charmed the staff and had a nap - she was way better behaved that we expected. Upon arrival in Japan we made it through immigration and collected our bags from the slowest baggage carousel ever. I had booked us a room at the airport hotel for the night so that we didn't have to travel far given we arrived after Elodie's bed time. ... read more
Shinkyo Bridge
Bridge across the river
 Akechidaira Ropeway

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Split November 29th 2019

After spending our last marks on breakfast, some drinks and scarves we hopped in the car and departed Mostar. A little over an hour into the drive we reached the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the final country we’d visit during this trip, Croatia. We had expected the border to be a little busy given there are quite a lot of day trips from Mostar to Split and vice versa, but we were pleasantly surprised when we discovered there was hardly a queue. From the border crossing we opted to take the slightly longer route via the coast. The first part of our drive in Croatia was through lovely mountainous scenery; the autumn leaves were stunning. The scenery changed dramatically after we drove through an almost 3km long tunnel through the mountain and out to ... read more
The old town of Split
Looking towards Željezna Vrata, Diocletian's Palace
Main Square, Diocletian's Palace

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » South » Mostar October 27th 2019

We left Jajce straight after breakfast and headed off in the direction of our final stop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar. Unfortunately it was rather foggy for much of the drive so we didn’t get to see a lot of scenery during the first part of the trip. Once the fog lifted, the scenery was quite lovely. High mountains covered in autumn leaves next to a blue-green river. The drive to Mostar took about 2.5 hours. As we entered the area close to the Old Town a man in a hi-vis vest waved at us and said something in Bosnian that we didn’t understand. I thought he was dodgy but Scott chose to turn around and find another route to our hotel. On the second route towards our hotel we were again waved at by another ... read more
Mostar from lunch
Mostar
Mostar Old Bridge...and hoards of tourists

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » North »  Jajce October 24th 2019

After checking our of our hotel in Sarajevo we hopped in our car and headed in the direction of our next destination, Jajce. Not long after we left Sarajevo we entered a tollway and rather thick fog. The fog continued for most of our trip to Jajace so we didn’t get much of a chance to admire the scenery for the first part of the drive. The tollway ended before the fog did and soon we were back on local roads which were fairly good quality although tough to overtake as they were quite windy. On the way to Jajce we made a small detour to visit Mlinčići, also known as the Watermills of Jajce. The mills, which are in a park next to Pliva Lake, were constructed during the Austro-Hungarian period and used by farmers ... read more
Mlinčići
Mlinčići
Mlinčići

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo October 23rd 2019

After checking into our hotel in Sarajevo, which was just across the river from Baščaršija, we set out for a walk through the city. Sarajevo is full of history, both ancient and modern. The city was the meeting point of Roman Catholic west, Eastern Orthodox east and the Ottoman south. Historically it was a fairly tolerant city where Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisted peacefully for the most part. That tolerance and mostly peaceful coexistence was shattered in more recent history first with the expulsion of Jews when Bosnia was under control of the Nazis and then even more recently during the Bosnian war. Nowadays the city is on the road to recovering its tolerance. As soon as we crossed the river and entered Baščaršija. The part of Baščaršijawe enteredwas constructed in the 15th century by ... read more
The Sarajevo (War) Tunnel Museum
View of Sarajevo from Trebević mountain
Bobsled run on Trebević mountain

Europe » Montenegro » Žabljak October 20th 2019

After breakfast at our apartment in Kotor we hopped into the car and set off for the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Durmitor National Park. After driving for a while on good quality new roads we wondered when they would run out….and discovered the answer not long after as we pulled up behind some cars. The cars had obviously been stationary for quite some time as people were milling around. After we’d been sitting there for a while I hopped out of the car and walked to the front of the traffic jam to see what the hold up was. There were concrete barriers blocking the road… As one of the cars at the front of the traffic jam was a taxi I figured we’d be moving at some stage so headed back to the car. On ... read more
Snake Lake
Black Lake
Đurđevića Tara Bridge

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor October 18th 2019

We left Berat at about 9am and retraced our steps back to Shkoder. After stopping briefly in Shkoder to spend our last Albanian lek on some soft drink we continued on back across the same border crossing we’d entered Albania at. The border was busier than on the way through, but still not too bad. After crossing the border we continued on to Podgorica. Our first task back in Montenegro was to sort out sim cards for our phones. We entered the phone store and asked the assistant whether they sold tourist sim cards, to which she replied no. Then asked if they had any short term sims, to which she replied no. When I asked if they said do you sell prepaid sim cards, she said they did and that they had one which lasted ... read more
Pavlova Strana viewpoint, Lake Skadar National Park
Bay of Kotor
Orahovac




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