Cross Country Trail at The Goat Farm

Making use of an ever so rare opportunity of both of us having Monday off work, we made our way with the bikes to the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park bright and early.  I wish I could hold onto the feeling of no work on a Monday, however that said it was just as difficult to wake up so early and in this instance, we brewed our large stovetop coffee maker. Begin ...

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A-Z Guidebook – Cherry Blossoms

There is much anticipation in Japan just before the Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) Festival. Japanese and international travellers take part in Hanami, an annual tradition of viewing the blooming of the cherry blossom flowers. While we were in Nozawa Onsen, the sushi master of one of the local restaurants eagerly gave us a run down of the forecast from the Japan Meteorological Agency one evening. The weather is an important tracker! ...

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Tropical holiday; Koh Samui Highlights

We spent a few wonderful days on the tropical island of Koh Samui for a friend's wedding, it was magical. Separated from the mainland of Thailand, Koh Samui offers some seclusion and escapes from the busyness that you would find on nearby Phuket.  Where I stayed A small resort along Bangrak bay called Saboey Resort and Villas.  It wasn’t overly fancy and didn't need to be, our room was appointed in simple Thai ...

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A-Z Guidebook – Brandenburg Gate

In between exploring the colourful café scene and drinking 1 euro beer with our bratwurst for breakfast in the public square, we traced through a bit of history around Germany's capital city, Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th century neoclassical piece of architecture. The tremendous structure towers over Unter den Linden Boulevard, having withstood time and wars – there’s many a story to tell. The dramatic statue of the Goddess ...

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Overnight stop in Bridgetown

There are some wonderful country towns south of Perth and it isn't until you rock up on the main strip and take a wander around, that you really find those hidden gems. As a kid, Bridgetown was often a 'drive though' town on the way to our holiday destination, but, on the odd occasion Dad would pull the car up alongside the old wood ship playground. We were allowed to go bonkers running through ...

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Beginner Skiing at Nozawa Onsen Resort

Earlier this year Derek and I spent a week of skiing at a tiny Japanese mountain village called Nozawa Onsen. It feels like a life time ago now but it was a wonderful holiday with aspects of complete unfamiliarity like nude bathing in an onsen and fumbling our way through the country with our limited Japanese knowledge relying on a small pocketbook dictionary. Skiing was by far the most memorable ...

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Albany is beautiful in the rain

Spending a couple of nights in Porongurup (travel post here) we traveled further south exploring the town of Albany, albeit the weather kept us from doing some our plans like hiking Bluff Knoff and attempting the mountain bike track on Mount Clarence we managed to see a couple of other entertaining sights around town.  Albany Town Centre Located in the great southern region of Western Australia the seaside town of Albany is in fact older than Perth, by ...

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Address Nagasaka, western accommodation

The second half of our ski holiday in Nozawa Onsen we stayed in an apartment positioned on the base of the slopes across from the Nagasaka ski gondola. We had originally booked a room in Paradise Chalet higher up the mountain but shortly before our arrival we were told the snow mobile had broken down and we would have no way of getting to and from town at night. Very ...

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Shirakaba, our Japanese Guest House Stay

Nozawa Onsen on the edge of  Kenashi mountain (1,964m) remains a traditional Japanese village that is located north of Nagano, a couple hours’ drive from Tokyo city. It is also only 30 kilometres from the ocean and this rather unique position is a hot zone for heavy dumps of snow. We travelled all the way from Australia for the ski season which runs from December to March each year. The village is quiet and minus an ...

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