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A Call to Prayer

Our day started at 5.30am. I had been told about the “call to prayer” broadcast city wide from the many towering minarets but nothing prepared me for the raw beauty of an opera of call and response prayers echoing and originating from near and far – a sure sign we are not in Kansas anymore. … Continue reading »

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Istanbul or Constantinople?

After a huge day and a bit (felt longer) of travel that included a stopover (and swim, meal and general relax) in Singapore, we arrived bleary and fatigued in Istanbul. The flight path from Singapore to Turkey took. Us up and over the mountainous regions of India and meant Something-istans and was often turbulent. Neither … Continue reading »

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Transit – Airports ain’t Airports

As we wend our way to Istanbul, we have a stopover in Singapore. If I am honest, Brisbane international airport is a bit of a dive – so little to see and do but Changi Airport in Singapore takes airports to a whole new level. The airport complex covers much the same area that Brisbane … Continue reading »

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Travel Fold

One of our traditions, for a while now, has been to leave an origami figure for the owners of our digs to find. There are gift folds all over UK, Paris, Singapore, Tasmania, the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne and northern NSW. For our Mediterranean journey I decided to find a great Kangaroo. I tried 7 … Continue reading »

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Well, our bags are packed, we’re ready to go…

  After a test pack, we are confident what we want to take will fit in our suitcases.   What we are not 100% confident of is that we have not forgotten something but that is anxiety we are coping with. With 5 no-sleeps until we jet out to Istanbul and beyond, things are exciting. The … Continue reading »

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Touring Melbourne and its Environs

Determined to get a feel for the place, we went out of our way to explore more than just the city area. Although we walked (or at the end of the day trudged) nearly everywhere, this blog looks at things further away – where we needed transport (public or hire) to get there. We knew … Continue reading »

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Melbourne Here We Come!

We have travelled to Sydney a few times, and love the city and harbour but neither of us can remember visiting Melbourne. Our parents say we visited as kids but neither of us have any useful memories of that visit, and something tells me it _may_ have changed a little since then. We decided on … Continue reading »

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Both Jo and I are avid tea drinkers – we love the stuff. In our journeys so far we have encountered situations where making tea in a place has been terrific, ok, terrible and “abandon all ye hope”. We travel with tea (most often Earl grey ), sugar (raw sugar mostly, although through Europe we … Continue reading »

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Weekend Getaway

Part of the “holiday” ritual, when possible, is a long weekend away and off the grid – necessary to re-condition the batteries and the mind. This time last year we booked a cabin at Wychwood Forest Escape An isolated cabin, in remnant rainforest, little or no phone/internet connection seems the perfect getaway. We enjoyed the … Continue reading »

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…home again, home again, jiggaty-jig.

Our last night in Singapore was always going to be SATAY. We had heard of a section of the city where, after 7pm, they close off the street and set up tables and chairs then mobile hawkers descend and try to sell you stuff so we thought “why not”. The food, if a little more … Continue reading »

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