Kyoto: Shrines & Temples… Part 2…

One of the most celebrated temples in Japan and a popular spot with tourists of all nationalities is Kiyomizudera Temple perched high on the hill side overlooking the city! The temple is one of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow residential streets. The temple was built […]

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Kyoto: Shrines & Temples

If there’s one thing Japan has in abundance – as well as Sushi, Sake and Karaoke – is shrines, temples and pagodas and Kyoto has some of the best examples in Japan! Japan is a country of tradition, culture and history and although most Japanese don’t identify with a single religion – rather incorporate elements […]

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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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Osaka… Part 2…

Osaka is a great place to relax, shop and party the night away! The city is full of shopping malls of all shapes, sizes and budgets and there’s a great food and drink scene with restaurants to suit all tastes! Food in Japan is varied and wonderful and not speaking Japanese can lead to some […]

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Osaka

After an amazing 6 nights in Singapore we hopped on a plane and flew to Japan (Monday 7th, April), our final destination of our round the world trip! For those following our adventures from the start you might recall that we were supposed to go to China before Japan! Unfortunately due to a change in […]

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Singapore… Part 2…

While in Singapore we visited the zoo (post to follow), pottered around the shops, walked along the river, explored the gardens and public spaces dotted around the city (post to follow), visited temples and shrines, markets, food halls and had a night out on the Singapore Gay scene! Despite Singapore feeling rather Western at times […]

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Singapore

After a boozy farewell to Australia we headed to the airport and Singapore! I wasn’t sure what to expect from Singapore so I arrived with an open-mind eager to explore the city, it’s customs, culture and food! We’d booked 6 nights in Singapore with little or no plan other than to explore the city, enjoy […]

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Melbourne… Round 2!

After 84 days travelling the length of the East coast we said goodbye to Cairns and hopped on a plane back to Melbourne for a final farewell and our last 4 nights in Australia. Our friend Caroline had kindly agreed to play host for 2 nights (with 2 in the YHA) so we arrived in […]

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Kuranda… Part 2…

After a stunning ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway we arrived at the small village of Kuranda! Kuranda is a quirky place with an laid back, relaxed, hippy vibe and is home to artisans of all descriptions – from painters to sculptors and foodies! The markets and stalls in Kuranda are an eclectic mix and […]

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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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