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War Remnants

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | Views [1173]

It's all about the war. Well, maybe it's our obsession, but it seems that everything's about the war. Every government building has a remnant of the war at its front. Some are Vietnamese planes or weapons. More are American. Maybe they were careless, ... Read more >

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Reunification Hall

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | Views [2317]

"Saigon, ...., I love the smell of a freshly made omlette in the morning." Sitting down for breakfast, you don't think there's likely to be an apocolypse any day now, not inside the hotel walls anyhow. And not up on the rooftop pool. Maybe ... Read more >

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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | Views [2712]

Mrs Macquarie's Chair is a seat cut into a rock at the end of the Botanic Gardens at Sydney Harbour. From the spot, named for the wife of one of New South Wales' early governers, you get the most stunning views of what must be among the most famous ... Read more >

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Deja Vu in Sydney

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | Views [790]

We'd seen it before, not even too long ago, but nonetheless, the Sydney Harbour Bridge makes an impression. As does the Opera House . As before, we caught some fine views of these landmarks by taking a boat trip in the harbour, this time to go to ... Read more >

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Last Day in Hanoi

VIETNAM | Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Views [708]

Led by a tiny map we navigated through the labyrith of tiny streets and crowded alleyways of the Old Quarter in search of Bach Ma temple, the oldest of all the buildings in that quarter of Hanoi, apparently. Eventually, after much map gazing we gave ... Read more >

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Hanoi Hilton

VIETNAM | Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | Views [1136]

The Hanoi Hilton , so called by American prisoners of war, is a prison in downtown Hanoi, now serving as a museum to tell of all the ills inflicted on this country and her brave revolutionaries by the oppressive French colonialists, who built the prison ... Read more >

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Trip on LSD

USA | Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | Views [676]

We took a short trip on foot down Lake Shore Drive, Chicago's highway along the edge of Lake Michigan. Starting from Michigan Avenue we made our way through Grant Park - where we gatecrashed a fairly tame freshers party for some Chicago university. We ... Read more >

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Universal Studios

USA | Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | Views [522]

Up early, and off to sea the artifical worlds and dancing monkeys that you can only find at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The highlight was definitely the Waterworld show - a 15 minute re-enaction of the closing scenes of the massive flop of the ... Read more >

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USA | Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | Views [604] | Comments [1]

We've seen the way the other side lives! We travelled through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Bel Air today peeking through gates and over fences to see how you'd cut your grass and paint your walls if you'd made billions of dollars out of the entertainment ... Read more >

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Rotorua to Waikato

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [769] | Comments [1]

In the city of a thousand smells, Rotorua's most offensive olfactory insults are reserved for the only Maori owned park - the aptly named Hell's Gate . The name of this place - given by our very own GB Shaw - captures its essence. Shaw, upon seeing ... Read more >

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NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Views [614]

We took a fairly long drive this morning, retracing our steps from Monday - to visit some of the things we saw outside our car windows as we sped past on our cross-country trek at the start of the week. First off was the Volcanic Activity Centre in ... Read more >

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Knox your socks off

IRELAND | Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | Views [721]

Wow. This place never ceases to amaze. Today's spectacular experience centred on Lady Knox's Geyser and the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland close to Rotorua. The geyser, named after the daughter of some Governer General from the past, erupts with faultless ... Read more >

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NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | Views [552]

Rotorua is New Zealand's main centre of geothermal activity - the underground volcanic rumblings resulting in a whole assortment of manifestations above the surface - from bubbling mudpools, to toasty rocks to bursting geysers. Today we visited Te ... Read more >

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Lady Norwood

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 12 Aug 2007 | Views [541]

Not knowing who Lady Norwood is, was, or will be, we nonetheless took the time to visit the rose garden named in her honour, because Ruth's family home shares a name with that lady. Unlike the garden at no. 76, the rose garden on the hill overlooking ... Read more >

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WOW to Windy Welly

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 11 Aug 2007 | Views [529]

Nelson is the largest urban centre on the north coast of New Zealand's South Island, and as such serves as a meeting point for everyone within a 30 mile radius - particularly at the weekend when the Nelson Market takes over Montgomery Square. Unfortunately, ... Read more >

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Abel Tasman National Park

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | Views [539]

On the advice of our hostess we took a drive today out to Kaiteriteri , a lovely little seaside village - though village may be an exaggeration. Above the village is Kaka Point , a viewing spot at the top of a steep incline, from where you can see ... Read more >

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NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [464]

A Carrolls type tourist shop that we wandered into in Auckland was selling upside down maps. Arguing that there's no nautral up or down in the planet -  they repainted the globe with New Zealand occupying a spot around where we'd normally find ... Read more >

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Auckland from Above

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | Views [388] | Comments [1]

The tallest structure south of the equator is Auckland's Sky Tower - a distinctive feature on the cityscape peaking, as it does, at some 328m above the ground. Though we didn't eat there, the Orbit Restaurant at about 200m is a rotating eaterie - ... Read more >

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Holy Day

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 4 Aug 2007 | Views [448]

Today we recovered from last night by going to watch Barry's heroic performance for his soccer team, taking a drive around Sydney to see where luminaries like Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe lay their heads at night, and then going to see the hotel and ... Read more >

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Sydney Opera House

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | Views [442]

They tell you not to miss the Opera House - at least the guide book does - and this is advice taken up by pretty much every tourist in Sydney. We went to a showing of the Barber of Seville - a show about a guy who helps another guy who fancied some ... Read more >

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