Notre Dame – Thoughts of Our Lady

When I first heard that the famous cathedral in Paris was on fire at first I wasn’t really sure of the extent, and then the reports that it might be completely destroyed started flooding in. Of course, one of the reactions was to send in the water bombers, which might work for when you happen to be dealing with out of control bush fires, but not when the roof of an eight hundred year old building is in flames. … More Notre Dame – Thoughts of Our Lady

On to the Coffs

So, after spending a couple of days in Newcastle (that is Newcastle Australia) it was time to continue my trek north. By this time I had pretty much reached to edge of the Sydney Rail network – to an extent, so it was now time to jump onto the Countrylink to continue my journey. The problem with the Countrylink is that there are only two that pass through here on a daily basis, which means that I had to make sure I was at the station otherwise I would be waiting around for quite a while with absolutely nothing to do, and nowhere to stay. … More On to the Coffs

The Museum of Singapore

Honestly, why I though that a museum that had the name ‘The Singapore Museum’ would be a natural history museum is beyond me. One thing that I have discovered in my travels is that if you wander into a museum that has the name of the city that it is located in at the front (or at the end with the article ‘of’ between the name of the city and the word ‘museum’) then it is going to be about the city, not a building full of stuffed animals and dinosaur skeletons. … More The Museum of Singapore

London – England’s Metropolis

Well, what can I say about London. I guess the first thing is that London to me is very much like Bangkok. When I was first here I actually hated the place because the people were rather rude, and the hotel I was staying are was appalling. Don’t get me wrong, it was a nice hotel it is just that the service was appalling, and there was definitely this class attitude among the staff. … More London – England’s Metropolis

The Rocks – Australia’s First Suburb

While the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art may draw our attention to the psyche of the Modern Australian culture, the Rocks celebrates our colonial history. The Rocks was where the colony was first established, and in many cases has retained its original form; well to an extent since somebody decided, in their infinite wisdom, to build a freeway through the middle. … More The Rocks – Australia’s First Suburb

Newcastle Upon the Hunter

I’m not sure whether I would call it ironic or not, but it isn’t just that there happens to be a city named Newcastle in Australia, as well as England, it is that the Newcastle in Australia is not only on a river, but it is also a major port, and the mineral that this port ships happens to be coal. Maybe that is why they decided to give this city the name, because it reminded the original settlers of where they came from. … More Newcastle Upon the Hunter

On The Right Side – Driving in Europe

This isn’t the first time that I have driven in Europe, but I will be honest and say that my experience with driving on the right hand side of the road is somewhat limited. Having grown up in Australia, which is basically at the back end of the world and is pretty much miles away from any other country, particularly countries that drive on the right hand side of the road (Thailand and India both drive on the left), the opportunity to drive on the right hand side of the road (legally that is) is not readily available. … More On The Right Side – Driving in Europe

The Garrison Church

When I was younger I remember being told multiple times that the first church ever built in Australia was burnt to the ground by arsonists. In a way that isn’t all that surprising considering that Australia started off as a convict settlement, and the reason that a lot of them were convicts was that they had proven to be disruptive towards the social order. … More The Garrison Church

Old Town Phuket

I decided that when we arrived in Phuket, instead of making a mad rush for the harbour in hope of catching a ferry out to Phi Phi island, we would take it a little easier and spend the night in the main town, though that one night ended up stretching out to two, especially after I discovered a few things to go and check out while we were on the island (and in the local area as opposed to the beaches). … More Old Town Phuket