Nikko… Part 2…

After an abrupt and scary start to the day we headed out to explore the shrines and temples Nikko is renowned for! Unfortunately the weather was against us and the rain was pouring but armed with our umbrellas we headed out! There are 3 main shrines/temples in Nikko – Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan-Jinja Shrine and the […]

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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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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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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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Whitsundays… Part 2…

After an hour or so on Whitehaven Beach we returned to the Solway for another delicious meal prepared by our resident chef before heading into deeper water where we heaved the main sail and made use of wind power. It’s amazing watching the crew climb the masts, release the sails and repel down to the […]

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Noosa… Part 2…

With so much to do in Noosa we wanted to make sure we made the most of our time whilst still being able to relax on the beach, potter around the shops and soak up the sun and beautiful setting. After a day of settling in we headed out, water and sunscreen at the ready […]

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Sydney: Coogee & Bondi

As well as a day-trip to Manly we visited the coastal suburbs of Coogee and Bondi. Bondi is probably the best known beach suburb of Sydney but the lesser-known Coogee is well worth a visit! If you’re feeling energetic there’s a beautiful coastal walk (8.8km) between the two suburbs that takes 1-2 hours depending on […]

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Akaroa

After a couple of days in Geraldine we headed to Akaroa, our home for the Christmas period (apologies for being so behind on my posts!) and our penultimate stop in New Zealand. Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of a flooded (and thankfully extinct) volcano! Akaroa is definitely a […]

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Tekapo

After Mount Cook, entering our final few weeks in New Zealand, we hit the road and headed towards a little place called Tekapo known predominantly for it’s stunning blue lake. We had 2 days in Tekapo which we spent pottering around the very small centre, walking along the lake and enjoying the tranquil setting. On […]

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