Tokyo (Japan Pt. 3)

  Our last 4 days in Japan were spent taking in Tokyo’s sights and experiences. These ranged from the conventional to the bizarre; but they were all carried out in a spirit of adventure. The Conventional To me, experiencing the conventional in Tokyo means exploring temples such as the Zojoji Shrine which was conveniently located…

JAPAN (Pt. 1)

At various times over the years my wife Agnes has suggested we take a trip to Japan.  I was always indifferent to these overtures as I had been to Tokyo on a solo trip in 1985 and found the city to be too clean and ordered and, therefore, uninteresting.  By extension, I also assumed cleanliness…

Vietnam Cycling Tour

In March 2015 my wife and I participated in a 17 day cycling tour from Saigon to Hanoi with Spice Roads Bicycle Tours. We were in a troupe of 16 riders (6 other Australians, 7 Canadians and 1 American). As we are comfortable being self-sustaining travelling partners, this trip marked our first time on an organised…

Hawaii

Hawaii is geographically similar to the other Pacific islands I have written about but as it is also an American outpost it has special appeal for those of us who like a fix of American culture every now and then. In the case of Hawaii, the American fix is also served with a dollop of Polynesian…

Tahiti – Moorea

This is it. THE BIG ONE. The one that every South Seas dreamer dotes on. In another era it could have been called “Ground Zero” by us dreamers. It pretty well lies smack in the middle of the Pacific with nothing but warm ocean waters surrounding its islands. The tropical climate is responsible for the lush…

Noumea

For the most part my posts about the places I have visited have been positive. This is in keeping with the actual travel experiences I have had. But this post is going to be a little different as our family trip to New Caledonia’s capital city Noumea was not particularly enjoyable. Notwithstanding some of these pictures…