A PALACE FOR ALL REASONS

Sintra; I’d done the research and it all came up with positives so we got directions from our host in Lisbon and headed off, Entre Campo our initial destination.  This is one of the stations en route to Sintra and was the beginning of a journey that really opened our eyes.  At least here theyContinue reading “A PALACE FOR ALL REASONS”

THE IMPORTANCE OF BUNDANOON

I can still conjure up, without any effort, my mother expressing the view that she’d like to retire in Bundanoon.  She’d extol its virtues and beauty but it was never going to happen.  Even I knew that growing up.  We never even went to Bundanoon as a family, but the name echoed in my brainContinue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF BUNDANOON”

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY GRIND – ON THE UP AND UP

The girl looked, no, winced at me.  As her eyelids thereafter rose I enquired about the lift ticket.  It was around $50 AUS including tax. My original intention was to mix it with the birds and the bees.  The wonderful (as per their advertising) bird show had, however, closed for the season….as had the beesContinue reading “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY GRIND – ON THE UP AND UP”

……CAN HOLD MORE THAN HIS BELLY CAN

                                   Nonchalant.  Now there’s a word that perfectly describes how I felt, sitting by Lake Macquarie with an hour and a half to spare.  The breeze of the afternoon layered the surface with ripples as I leant against the bench contemplating life.  Clouds were not apparent but still the chill of the late afternoonContinue reading “……CAN HOLD MORE THAN HIS BELLY CAN”

BAY OF ISLANDS MAGIC

Urupukapuka.  I looked at the word.  Some part of my mind wanted to blank it out.  Didn’t want to know about a word with that many “u”s in it.  After years of playing Scrabble, Words With Friends, delving into cryptic crosswords and testing my etymology knowledge on anagrams, I’d decided that “u” was my leastContinue reading “BAY OF ISLANDS MAGIC”

ONE CHATEAU BEGATS ANOTHER

When you’re in the Dijon area it’s hard to avoid chateaux because this is the place where a lot of serious wine is grown and the term originally meant a house linked to a vineyard. Here many prospered, and still do so today, but the big chateaux are suffering and tourists are needed simply toContinue reading “ONE CHATEAU BEGATS ANOTHER”

UP AND AWAY

WOOLPACK AND CATHEDRAL ROCKS It made a frightening noise; so frightening that I recall seemingly jumping nearly as high as where the branch had come from.  How lucky was I that it was 50 metres behind me though the odds were definitely in my favour that it would miss me.  Still, I couldn’t help butContinue reading “UP AND AWAY”

THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACK

                                          GOERLITZ      At night it looked so different.  A series of lights along the waterfront with some barely discernable buildings behind.  I had no idea what it was called or what was there.  The Goerlitz map showed just a few buildings beside the river and the “living house of J. Bohme”, whoever he was.  I left myContinue reading “THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACK”

LE MISTRAL – LE MISERY

I’d waited, waited because there are a thousand postcards of Peyrepertuse with the sun shining on its crumbling old walls atop a spectacular outcrop of rock; but in the end I was denied.  Instead of improving, each day the weather seemed to get worse.  The weather for the whole trip bar one half a dayContinue reading “LE MISTRAL – LE MISERY”

MIDST MAYHEM AND MELANCHOLY

It was crowded and seemingly disorganized, such a contrast to my previous visit to the famous Dali museum at Figueres, that almost; no, definitely, indescribable edifice that reminds you of no other; like the man himself, it is unique. The short road to the carpark was being dug up and we had to wait aboutContinue reading “MIDST MAYHEM AND MELANCHOLY”