Kyoto… Part 3…

As well as it’s history and architecture Kyoto (and Japan in general) is a great place to spot wildlife! During our time in Japan we’ve seen herons, cranes, turtles, frogs, lizards and lots and lots of koi carp! As a break from the temples and shrines we decided to walk the Philosophers Path (Tetsugaku no […]

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Kyoto… Part 2…

After a couple of days exploring and visiting some of the stunning temples & shrines (post to follow) we headed off to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest – a 30-40 minute walk from the Utano YHA. The bamboo forest is located near the Ōi River and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow streets lined with […]

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Nara… Part 3…

Perhaps my favourite shrine in Nara – despite not having a 15 meter tall statue of Buddha – is Kasuga Taisha! What I loved most about Kasuga Taisha is it’s bold simplicity… although not the largest, grandest or most popular shrine in Nara it’s simple clean lines, vibrant orange and red paintwork and lanterns make […]

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Nara

After the hustle and bustle of the big city we hopped on the train for our next destination Nara! Nara is one of Japan’s oldest cities and is steeped in history and culture. As the former capital of Japan (710 – 784) there’s a lot of tradition and the temples, shrines, parks and hills are […]

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Cairns

After a relaxing few days at Mission Beach it was time to hop on our last Greyhound bus – YAY! – and head to Cairns, 139km (1hr 52mins) away. Cairns is the gateway to the Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef and is a great base for Atherton Tablelands (post to follow), Port Douglas (post […]

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Brisbane

After 4 nights in Byron Bay we hopped on the bus for a relatively short journey by Australian standards (165km, 1hr 46mins). We arrived in Brisbane and checked into our hostel with it’s city views and rooftop swimming pool! After a short swim we headed out and explored! Brisbane is the 3rd largest city in […]

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Iconic Sydney!

Sydney is without a doubt one of the most iconic cities in the world! It’s up there with London, Paris, Rome and New York and is instantly recognisable by it’s landmarks! The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are undoubtedly 2 of the worlds most recognisable landmarks and I can confirm that up-close […]

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Melbourne

After an amazing 4 months exploring North and South New Zealand (15th September, 2013 – 3rd January, 2014) we hopped on a plane and headed to Australia, the next leg of our around the world tour and our home for 3 months (3rd January, 2014 – 1st April, 2014)! Our time in Australia starts with […]

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Devonport

During our time in Aukland we took a day-trip to Devonport. Devonport is a lovely, harbour side suburb of Aukland just across the bay. Although you can drive to Devonport its much quicker – and far nicer – to catch the ferry. The first thing that strikes you when you approach Devonport is it’s quaint […]

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Aukland

On 15th September, 2013 we hopped on a plane from Fiji to Aukland and the start of 4 months in New Zealand. After a long flight and a late arrival we caught the shuttle bus to our hostel (Verandah’s) in Ponsonby. As Nick had previously travelled to New Zealand and Australia in 2009 I left […]

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