From Sunrise to Sunset

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Mon. 29th April 2019 I’m far away in the land of nod and my hand is gently being squeezed. Opening my eyes, it is still dark. Which I then realise is down to my eye-mask. Removing it, I find Janet …

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Wine Country

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Sat. 27th April 2019 You know you’re in trouble when the answer to your problems is some combination of Liz Truss and Jeremy Corbyn. I seem to have picked up a cold since landing in Aus which combined with my …

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ANZAC Day At The Seaside

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Thur. 25th April 2019 Today is ANZAC (Australia & New Zealand Army Corps) day and it is the equivalent of our Remembrance Sunday – though possibly even better marked. It is a Bank Holiday here and there are parades and …

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Going To A Land Down Under*

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Mon / Tue 22nd & 23rd April And so, we’re off again. This trip has been six years in the planning (or at least the contemplation) – ever since Myf filled our imagination with all the sights and activities along …

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Beijing. What, All Of It?

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23rd September 2017 Lonely Planet’s guide to Beijing has a nice little walking tour around one of Beijing’s hutongs – the traditional districts of the city that comprise a warren of courtyard homes linked by narrow alleyways. LP intend this …

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Backwards To Beijing

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21st September 2017 When planning our trip, the bullet train between Shanghai and Beijing was a ‘must do’ even though it isn’t that much cheaper (or quicker) than flying. It got even more exciting a couple of days ago when …

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Grey Day In Shanghai

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20th September 2017 Today’s forecast is for rain and, sure enough, when we poke our heads out of the hotel the skies are grey and overcast. So, better nip back and get the brollies and also get our sightseeing in …

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Urumqi On Foot

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18th September 2017 And so it’s just the two of us again as we start the final week of our China trip. We did enjoy the Wild Frontiers tour and we were with a great group of people but some …

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The Beginning Of The End

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17th September 2017 Wild Frontier’s original itinerary for this trip had us going to Kashgar’s Sunday market – on a Saturday. They then had to shuffle the whole itinerary forward a day but by that time we had already booked …

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Not As Described

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14th September 2017 It’s tiring work this sitting on your backside in a coach for 6 or 7 hours with nothing to do but watch the scenery going past (and catch up with listening to podcasts). We’re still heading west …

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