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It was time for a getaway again, but we couldn’t go far because of work commitments. I did a bit of research on Airbnb and found a lovely place in Beechmont, just under an hour away from home. We headed off on Friday afternoon, and instead of driving past Albert River Wines like we usually […]Read more "A weekend in Beechmont, Canungra and Binna Burra"
Time for another little day trip in the Gold Coast Hinterland. I had never been along this section (that I could remember, anyway!) – probably because it’s a little out of the way. We stopped for lunch at a cafe with a nice view – at least down the bottom of the property: The next […]Read more "A day at Springbrook National Park"
A group of us decided to celebrate the new year by camping at Cooloola in the Great Sandy National Park, at Teewah Beach. There were days of preparation for which only two were available, poor buggers! However, on the 29th of December, we took off towards Tewantin, from where we had to catch the ferry: […]Read more "Camping at Cooloola"
My friend, Eileen, asked me to accompany her on a mid-week getaway to Noosa and I was easy to convince. I thought I’d not see anything new, because I’ve been to Noosa before….I was so wrong! First stop was at our accommodations at Noosa Lakes Resort at Tewantin. Though we were there a couple of […]Read more "A Noosa Getaway"
The Brisbane Open House event was on this weekend, and I went along to see a few of the buildings. It is a free event held in October each year. There were about 100 buildings you could see – some of them by booking only – and those bookings went fast!!! As per usual, some […]Read more "Sight-seeing in Brisbane – Brisbane Open House 2016"
We wanted to go for a walk and explore nearby a little. I found Plunkett Conservation Park about 20 minutes from home. I’d never been there and the was little information on it on the National Park site, except that there was sandstone outcrops and there’s a guided wildflower walk coming up in September. We […]Read more "Plunkett Conservation Park, Cedar Creek"
After breakfast, Taeko’s husband gave us a lift to the subway station and Taeko, Ela and I got the subway to Umeda where we met up with Taeko’s english teacher and friend for our excursion to Minoh/Mino-o – spelling seems to be interchangeable! We got the train to Mino-o station and then walked through beautiful […]Read more "Minoh/Mino-o Area"
Taeko made us a nice breakfast and then her daughter picked Taeko and us up with her two girls, and drove us to Nara. Our first stop was at Horyuji Temple. The complex has the oldest wooden structure in the world, apparently. Fortunately, it wasn’t so very over-run with tourists. Then we walked over to […]Read more "Nara"
We had seen most everything I’d planned to see in Kyoto and had the day to kill, so, since we still had our JR Pass, we decided to make use of that and go to Hikone Castle. It’s about an hour away from Kyoto – about 1.5 from Osaka, our destination that evening – so […]Read more "Hikone"
We had another Saturday in Kyoto – this one was overcast though. I did some research as to which places we hadn’t been to that were unlikely to be filled with tourists. We were half lucky 🙂 After coffee we bought ourselves the 600 Yen all day subway ticket – this wasn’t as easy as […]Read more "Another day in Kyoto"
We had our last brekky at the Guesthouse and then dragged our luggage to the ferry and train and bought ourselves some lunch to have on the hour long bullet train journey to Himeji. I’d been to Himeji castle before, but it was 22 years ago… Chiko had organised a tour guide for us. She […]Read more "Himeji"
I woke up fairly early and looked out the window to see what we were in for. Outside was something white, which I took for a cat at first. Then it got up and I thought it was a fox. When I got a closer look I realised it wasn’t that either, and discovered it […]Read more "Miyajima Day 2"