Montreal Revisited

Ah Montreal such an interesting melting pot of French and English Canadian history and culture.  This was my second visit to Montreal in the province of Quebec, Canada and although there is lots to see and do in the city, this trip was mainly about catching up with a local friend, eating Poutine and Montreal smoked meat (combining the two is…

Aussie Dim Sims…..oh how I have missed you!

I am in Australia at the moment. This  is my first time back home in 18 months. Apart from catching up with family and friends I had to deal with a food craving I have had for months back in the USA. Steamed Dim Sims covered in soy sauce from a local fish and chip…

Snapshots of Vancouver B.C.

I spent a few days in Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada recently to catch up with friends and attend a Metallica concert where they were filming a 3D movie (more on that in my next post). Something I really like about Vancouver is that it is a very cosmopolitan city that has integrated First Nations, British,…

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 Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

In late May 2012 I travelled to Luxembourg which is bordered by Belgium, Germany and France. What a beautiful and friendly little country it is. Luxembourg City (founded 963) is surrounded by massive walls and fortifications that once protected the city (the location of the city has always been of strategic importance) and it is very…

A visit to Belgium

In late May 2012 I spent a few days in Belgium. For a small country the Belgians speak a lot of languages! There are 3 official languages French, Dutch (Flemish) and German. In and around Brussels and the Southern part of the country French is the most common language with Dutch as a secondary language (and of course…

Montreal Canada

March 29th – 31st, 2012 Montreal, Quebec  is old world, yet modern and oh so French (although both French and English are more common to hear on the streets than in Quebec City). There are many things to see and do in this city but one thing you must absolutely do is try Montreal smoked meats (salted…

A Canadian journey by my stomach

I recently returned from a Canadian trip to Ontario (Niagara Falls and Toronto) and Quebec (Quebec City, Montreal and smaller surrounding towns), with a stop over in Buffalo, New York. Here are some snapshots of some of the local foods I tried while there. From Italian veal parmigana, Ukranian cabbage rolls, Japanese soup, Poutine, Montreal…

Vientiane and the Plain of Jars in Laos

In September 2010 I went back to Australia for a while after spending months travelling in the US, Europe and Asia. My return was to catch up with family and friends, do some travel there and a few months of contract work to boost the coffers, then I had planned to move to the US….

I still call Australia home

A sunburnt country… Although I currently live in the USA, my homeland is Australia and it is a place I love. January 26th is when we celebrate Australia Day so I thought I would write about that great southern land. “I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding…

Taiwanese Stinky Tofu….Fr​iend Or Foe? (2010)

In May 2010 I decided to leave my job in Australia and travel around the world before moving to the USA. This journey ended up involving travelling in 18 countries on 4 continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Australia) and taking me around the world 1.5 times over a 12 month period! I wrote a…