Sunday In The Park With Everyone – Bosque de Chapultepec

On any Sunday, Bosque de Chapultepec is packed with locals enjoying the warm sunshine and the cool shady woods and lakes of this vast park. Chapultepec is the lungs of Mexico City and at over 686 hectares, it’s the largest and oldest urban park in all of Latin America.  The crowds stream out of the…

Colonia Hipódromo, La Condesa

Our home away from home in Ciudad de México is the gorgeously leafy and oh so cool La Condesa, a rather large well-to-do fashionable barrio in the city that consists of three neighbourhoods: Colonia Condesa, Colonia Hipódromo and Colonia Hipódromo Condesa (our immediate hood).  It has wide tree-lined avenues with shady central garden walkways, the…

Venice Of America

You could walk right by the Venice Canals without realising they’re there – they are that hidden. But stray just off the beaten track and away from the busy thoroughfares of Washington and Venice Boulevards and you’ll be amazed at the tranquillity that lies here. Of course it’s not Venice as we know Venice, but…

Tales Of Venice Beach, CA

Arriving into the US can often be an anxiety inducing process, what with the intense grilling and extensive finger printing at immigration – with the ‘will I get through?’ question playing in your mind. We’ve all heard the stories. And then there’s LAX, with its vast creaky old infrastructure. It’s not exactly the epitome of…

Perth – City of Light

It takes 5 hours to fly across Australia from Sydney to Perth, across the endless Nullarbor and the Great Australian Bight. It’s as if you’ve travelled to another country. It feels different, and it’s not just the intense light and the dry desert heat. Perth is 2,104 kilometres away from the next capital city, Adelaide…

Fremantle – ‘The Swan River Colony’

Fremantle is just a short train ride away from Cottesloe, hugging the coast then crossing over the narrow Swan River mouth. It’s quite the contrast to modern Perth and the laid-back beach life of Cottesloe. Fremantle looks and feels old, but of course not old in real terms. The Swan River Colony, as Fremantle was…

A Cottesloe Sunset

The sun setting over the Indian Ocean is quite the novelty for this East Coaster, and where better to sit and watch in the gloaming then Cottesloe Beach – along with everyone else of course. On a balmy Sunday evening, fish ‘n chips eaten with a glass or two of wine, there’s possibly nowhere more…

A Cottesloe Afternoon – Eternal Sunshine (Of The Spotless Mind)

Cottesloe Beach. The shade of Araucarias. The warm sunshine soaks in. Salt on skin crackles from a swim. Hot towel dusted with sand. The blue green Indian sparkles. Volleyballers distract. For a moment. There’s a light breeze in my ears. Waves lapping. The deep blue sky. Eyes close. Anxiety empties away.

A Cottesloe Morning – Carpe Diem!

An early summer morning at North Cottesloe Beach is really quite magical. The warm air scented with Frangipani, tunnels of green along shady paths, the crystal-clear light, and the sparkling water, the Indian Ocean no less, a serene light blue green and a balmy 24 degrees.  You’d think a three-hour time difference from Sydney would…

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

The Beach Hut has to be one of the Great British Seaside icons, along with ice creams (99’s), sandcastles and cheekily rude postcards. Today, there are reportedly over 20,000 private beach huts in the UK, with nearly 2000 of them along the beaches of Bournemouth alone – 70% of them privately owned.  The beach huts…