The Dullness of Dusseldorf

I have to admit that Dusseldorf actually wasn’t all that great. In fact it was pretty annoying. Half the reason that I came here was because it happened to be the butt of a lot of jokes from Hogans Heroes, probably because the name sounded rather amusing. Another thing was that Dusseldorf seemed to sit right in the middle of a cluster of towns and cities and a part of me wanted to explore parts of what appeared to be a mega-city. … More The Dullness of Dusseldorf

Breakfast in Bonn

So, Bonn was another of those cities that happened to be a short way from where we were staying, and while we could have found something to do in Köln for an extra day, I had this urge to go for a daytrip to one of the nearby cities. Anyway, I really have no idea when I’m going to be able to get back to Germany, so I might as well take the opportunity to visit as many places as possible. Actually, I initially wanted to go to Bonn because it appeared to be at the end of the Köln S-Bahn, though as I mentioned in my post on Frankfurt, when I arrived in I discovered that the S-Bahn over here is not necessarily the same as the S-Bahn in Berlin. … More Breakfast in Bonn

A Ferry to Double Bay

Since I was spending ten days in Sydney, namely to give myself as much opportunity to explore the city as possible, I decided to jump on a ferry that I hadn’t been on before – the one to Watson’s Bay. Now I wasn’t intending on going to Watson’s Bay but rather a suburb that was about halfway there, though I soon discovered that the Ferry doesn’t actually stop at Double Bay, at least on the way up, which meant that I ended up going on a bit of a cruise around the eastern part of the harbour before I finally arrived at my destination. … More A Ferry to Double Bay

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

Mr Botanical’s Garden

I’m not sure why I insist on writing all these posts on Botanical Gardens since I am not a botanist, or a gardener, and all I end up doing is wandering around the place thinking “pretty plant, pretty plant, oh that’s a nice rose, gee what a big water lilly”. Then again it is a place that I have visited and I seem to have this form of obsessive compulsive disorder to sit down and write a blog post on almost every place that I have visited. … More Mr Botanical’s Garden

Phuket Phenomenah – Speedboat to Phi-Phi

After a relaxing day wandering around Patong Beach (and a couple of not so relaxing nights) it was time to go on my first tour. However I was a little worried, namely because this isn’t Australia where you can take companies to the ACCC if they rip you off by taking your money and vanishing into thin air (not that the ACCC can do all that much when that happens anyway – it is still a case of caveat emptor). So, I went into the lobby of the hotel (after having breakfast) with my laptop and book in my backpack (which was going to be a mistake) to wait for the bus to come and pick me up. After five people coming in calling out ‘James Bond Island’ and one calling out ‘Phi Phi Island’ I was starting to get a little worried. However the driver soon turned up, collected me, and took us off to the Royal Phuket Marina where our tour company, Sea Star, was based. … More Phuket Phenomenah – Speedboat to Phi-Phi