Travel

Autumn in Blackheath

LEAF PEEPING IN AUTUMN I love my little  village of Blackheath. I do joke and call it Bleakheath, but only with affection.  It’s in the  upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales, so the seasons are well defined.  Spring is gorgeous and  snow  can occasionally transform it in […]

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TOURIST OF TASTE

TOURIST OF TASTE

THE WORST TOURIST IS  A TINY ONE During the off-season, invading armies of visitors withdraw from the museums and  galleries of Europe to be replaced by assault  squads of  schoolchildren. I find them more alarming than bag snatchers.  They knock people over and make a great deal […]

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UP AND DOWN THE TOWN OF SIENA

UP AND DOWN THE  TOWN OF SIENA

SIENA: JEWEL OF TUSCANY   Some  years ago my partner Rob and I hired a car and toured the  Italian province  of   Tuscany. One evening we checked into a charming little hotel tucked behind the Campo within  beautiful  Siena’s medieval walls. However, there was a small […]

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BLACK TAXIS AND TEA AT HARRODS

BLACK TAXIS AND TEA AT HARRODS

THIS IS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF A TWO PART STORY. A rather dramatic first trip overseas led to the writing  of  BAD DAY  IN BARCELONA.    In her original  guest post,  Lorraine Bendall  told  of  how she fell victim to  a pickpocket.  The incident had serious repercussions.  […]

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BLACK DAY IN BARCELONA!

BLACK DAY IN BARCELONA!

This guest post, was written by Lorraine Bendall, a very special lady from Melbourne.  Her story is so honest, and completely free of self-pity.  I confess  it  made me cry when I first read it.  Nevertheless,  it displays great spirit  and courage. What happened to Lorraine is […]

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REFLECTIONS ON A VISIT TO NICE

REFLECTIONS ON  A VISIT TO NICE

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE TRAVEL SECTION OF THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN My partner and I are driving through Nice when  a group of local youths begin jeering at a cavalcade of stereo blasting Ferraris. With complete disregard for following  traffic, all three drivers  screech […]

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ALL STOPS TO KATOOMBA; AND THE PERFECT PIZZA

ALL STOPS TO KATOOMBA; AND THE PERFECT PIZZA

In  Australia’s bicentennial year of 2000, artist Vernon Treweeke completed a mural of  an imagined  night train journey  through the villages of the magnificent Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The mural decorates the walls of the pedestrian  tunnel beneath  Katoomba station. Three  of the villages were […]

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CROSS CREEK; BIRTHPLACE OF ‘THE YEARLING’

CROSS CREEK; BIRTHPLACE OF 'THE YEARLING'

PILGRIMAGE TO CROSS CREEK ‘I do not know how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.’ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings In 1928, as America was sliding into the Great Depression,  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her husband Charles bought (sight unseen)  an old orange […]

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Serendipity; magical moments in New York

Serendipity;   magical moments in New York

  When  a Sydney radio station announced the  death of actress Anne Bancroft in 2005  there was an immediate response  from callers. They spoke of her  enduring marriage to comedian Mel Brooks and of her wonderful  theatre and movie performances. However, no one mentioned the film for […]

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THAMES RIVER – AND THE BIRTH OF A BOOK.

THAMES  RIVER -  AND THE BIRTH OF A BOOK.

A HOUSE BY THE THAMES In 1996 my husband Rob and I bought a holiday house on an 18th century estate called Harleyford, by the banks of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire. For the next fifteen years we divided our time between England and Australia. Originally we […]

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