2020 will, hopefully, be one of those years that we look back on as a bit of a standout; an unwonted sentinel of how terribly wrong things can go when humanity chooses not to heed the advice of science and the groans of our fragile planet. This time last year I remember thinking that the fires in south eastern Australia were a calamity; not realising that their devastation and destruction would become simply a curtain raiser to a year of far greater global anguish and suffering. The beginning marked an end, and the end a beginning … More The end is where we start from…
If ever a place could be described as “small but perfectly formed” Slovenia would have to be it. This country’s charm, natural beauty and location cement its place in the centrefold of Europe. A tiny country inhabited by a big hearted population of impossibly long limbed, full lipped, high cheeked, well educated, passionate folk. My … More Slovenia | March and May 2017
I loved Portugal. The streets are alive with entertainment day and night. The Portuguese seem relaxed and friendly. The city is easy to navigate your way around on foot or tram. And the pastel de nata are mouth wateringly delicious! … More Lisbon | February 2017
After a 20 hour flight from Perth (with quick stop in Doha to change planes) I arrived in Barcelona, my entry point to Europe. I emerged from the subway on Passeig de Gracia, bleary eyed, tired and a bit disorientated to see this…. Casa Batllo, a masterpiece of the renowned Catalan modernisme architect Antoni Gaudí. … More Barcelona | February 2017
I arrived in Lisbon mind-muddlingly tired five days after landing on the Iberian Peninsula. Barcelona had been a whirling mix of confusion, excitement, child-like joyfulness tempered with just a dash of gauche self-consciousness. … More Week One | tired and ticked off
Plitvice Lakes is one of those places that really does deserve the ‘natural wonder’ epithet. As you walk along the easy to navigate boardwalk, just when you think that it can’t get any better than this, it does! … More What a wonder!
A brief summary of some of my plans for March. … More Scandinavia in March
A brief summary of some of my plans for February. … More A teaser of all the fun of February