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; A Literary Pilgrimage In New York

Serendipity;  A Literary Pilgrimage 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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WALTZING MATILDA DOWN THE THAMES

WALTZING MATILDA DOWN THE THAMES

AUSSIE  HISTORY ALONG THE  THAMES For Australians exploring the  Thames Path there are  places of particular interest.  On the upper reaches of the  river  is the village of Buscot, and the National Trust owned  Buscot Park. The house was built in the 1770’s by Edward Loveden Townsend. In 1859,

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BLOOD ON MY BOOTS…..MURDER ALONG THE THAMES!

BLOOD ON MY BOOTS.....MURDER ALONG THE THAMES!

                Blood On My Boots was one of the titles I considered for my book on the Thames Path. I love social history , especially murder mysteries,  and  many bodies  have  ended up in the  river.   The  book was

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BATHING IN THE BUFF AT BADEN-BADEN

BATHING IN THE BUFF AT BADEN-BADEN

BARING IT ALL IN THE BLACK FOREST   While visiting the Black Forest my partner Rob and I discover there is more to the region than chocolate cake and cuckoo clocks. Our apartment is owned by the Klumpp family, who are as sturdily hearty as their name

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Caves – The Inside Story of Tasmania

Caves - The Inside Story of Tasmania

 A TOUR OF TASMANIA VIA ITS MAGICAL CAVES After an absence of many years, my partner Rob and I returned to Tasmania, where we both grew up. While we were staying on the North West Coast we went to see Gunns Plains caves. My first visit was

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