Wandering the Rundles

Okay, this post is going to be a bit more than just a walk along Rundle Street and Rundle Mall, but as I was trying to work out a title I thought that one sounded quite nice. In fact, this post is about my walk along North Terrace, a quick wander through a couple of the parks at the East End, and then my (or should I say our) return journey down Rundle Street and then along Rundle Mall. Actually, this trek coincided with our trip to the South Australian Museum, however I have already written a post about that visit, so this is simply going to be about our meanderings around Adelaide’s shopping district. … More Wandering the Rundles

The Toy Factory – Gumeracha

I was going to write about our adventure in the Adelaide Hills, but since I have already written about the Birdwood Motor Museum, I’ll probably stick with Gumeracha (since there actually isn’t all that much in Birdwood other than a motor museum and a pub with an old beer truck hanging from the balcony). Actually, the way I understand it, people probably end up stopping at Gumeracha on their way to the motor museum, namely because you have to pass through Gumeracha to get there. … More The Toy Factory – Gumeracha

World of the Greeks – The Hellenic Musuem

If you know anything about me you will know that I love the Ancient Greek world. In fact my second sojourn overseas was none other than to Greece (it would have been my first, but we decided to have a weekend in Hong Kong just to get my brother used to heading overseas, and to also calm my Dad’s nerves in letting him out of the country). While I could write quite a bit on my adventures in Greece, I might leave that for another time (namely after I manage to get back there, though that won’t be any time soon) because this is actually a story about a little bit of Greece that has come to Melbourne. … More World of the Greeks – The Hellenic Musuem

Cockatoo Island – A Shipyard and a Prison

I have to say that I wasn’t all that sure what I would find here. All I knew is that was that Cockatoo Island was an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour at which the ferries stopped. For some reason I quite like islands – maybe it has something to do with them being difficult to get to, or rather that on an island you are effectively cut off from the rest of the world. … More Cockatoo Island – A Shipyard and a Prison

Hyde Park – A Morning Stroll

I’m not really all that sure if one could actually write an entire blog post on this not so little (but hardly big) park in the middle, or actually to one side, of the Sydney CBD. A part of it reminds me of pictures of Central Park in New York, though I would have to consider Hyde Park the baby brother (it is only surrounded by buildings on two sides – to the east you have the Domain, and the museum, and to the north you have a bunch of old buildings, which includes Parliament house. … More Hyde Park – A Morning Stroll

Good Old Hindley Street

Hindley Street has a bit of a reputation with the people of Adelaide – it is referred to by some as the ‘Entertainment District’ while by others as the cesspit of drunkenness and debauchery. It is one of those places that decent people tend to avoid at night because it is a magnet for many of the revellers of the city, and has the reputation to boot. It is also the street that young people with their first car tend to make a habit for driving slowly along its length, namely from King William Street to Morphett street (or vice versa), turning around, and then heading back again. … More Good Old Hindley Street

Pubs of the Rocks

For some reason every time I come to Sydney I seem to find myself down at the Rocks. Maybe it has something to do with it being the closest thing to an Old City that you get in Australia (I say that because The Rocks is where the original settlement was located and in a way it is Australia’s oldest suburb). Maybe it also has something to do with the pubs because, once again, you will also find some of Australia’s oldest pubs down here. Okay, I’ll admit it – I visited the Rocks this time simply to go and check out all the pubs so that I could write this post. … More Pubs of the Rocks

Gazing the Stars – The Sydney Observatory

I have to say that I’m a bit of a geek, but you would have already worked that out if you’ve read enough of my posts (particularly the ones on my other blog, Sarkology.net). Anyway, I’m not really sure what first lead me to check this place out, but as I was planning my latest trip to Sydney one of the things that I wanted to do was to go on a tour of the Sydney Observatory. … More Gazing the Stars – The Sydney Observatory

St Andrews – An Unsual Cathedral

Okay, I can’t say that I’ve visited a huge number of cathedrals, and those that I have generally have had some historical significance (such as St Peter’s in the Vatican and St Paul’s in London – thought I’m not really sure if you can class Westminster Abbey as a catheral, I suspect that it is actually an abbey) however from what I have experienced is that you generally rock up at the beginning of the service, engage in some Christian ritual, and then leave without actually talking to anybody (that’s what happened when I visited St Paul’s Cathedral on Good Friday, which is the best way to actually get into St Paul’s and look around without actually forking out any money, and since I’m an Anglican I reckon I can get away with it). … More St Andrews – An Unsual Cathedral