Grand Old Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria is the second largest city in Australia. The city was founded in 1835 and upon the 1901 federation of the six colonies that became the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne also served as the nations capital and seat of government from 1901 to 1927 (using the State Parliament building as the national parliament). By 1927 the initial…

Adelaide: Day and Night

Adelaide founded by Colonel William Light in 1836, is the capital of the state of South Australia and with 1.2 million people is the fifth largest city in the country. Known as the “City of Churches” it has many historic sandstone buildings including churches and is surrounded by a ring of parklands with the Adelaide Hills…

Bendigo truly shines in Spring

My time back in Australia so far has been spent mostly catching up with family in my home state of Victoria. It has been great to see everyone after being away for so long. I have also spent a great few days visiting my Granny in the rural city of Bendigo – the 20th largest city…

The Shrine of Remembrance – Melbourne, Australia

In Melbourne, Victoria one of the cities most famous landmarks is the Shrine of Remembrance. Completed in 1934, the Shrine was built to commemorate Australian troops lost in World War One – “The Great War (1914-1918). The Shrine’s design with its pyramidal roof and influences from ancient Greece is intended to offer a sense of solidity as a permanent memorial…

London Town

London was all bright and shiny, what with the Queens Jubilee (60 years on the throne) and the Olympic Games happening. Here are a few snapshots from my visit there prior to the games in early June 2012. There is always a buzz of activity around Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. Many of London’s famous…

The Splendour of Paris

I had not been to Paris, France for 18 years but finally returned in early June 2012. I am pleased to say nothing much has changed and it remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world! History, majestic buildings, old palaces, museums, classic city icons such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomph, Notre…

The Catacombs of Paris

June 2nd, 2012 WELCOME TO THE EMPIRE OF THE DEAD! The Catacombs of Paris is a very interesting,  somewhat creepy but ultimately fascinating experience. They are an underground cemetery beneath the streets of Paris which contains the human remains from former Paris cemeteries that were moved to old underground quarries in the 18th century (consecrated April 7th,…

The CN Tower, Toronto Canada

The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario was completed in 1976 after 40 months of construction. At 553 metres or 1,815 feet it is the worlds tallest tower and the most dominant building in the Toronto skyline. In 1995 it was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The highest observation level, the “Skypod” is…

Moscow Calling

During October and November 2007 I set off on an adventure that took me from Australia to Japan, then on to Russia and China before returning home to Australia. I have kept my travel emails from that trip, so I thought it might be fun to repost them here and add a few photos.  This…

24 hours of Russian heaven and hell in Saint Petersburg!

During October and November 2007 I set off on an adventure that took me from Australia to Japan, then on to Russia and China before returning home to Australia. I have kept my travel emails from that trip, so I thought it might be fun to repost them here and add a few photos.  This…

Moscow, Moscow, Moscow

During October and November 2007 I set off on an adventure that took me from Australia to Japan, then on to Russia and China before returning home to Australia. I have kept my travel emails from that trip, so I thought it might be fun to repost them here and add a few photos.  This…