After The Fire – Three Years On

It’s shocking to realise that during the ‘Black Summer’ of 2019-2020 more than 80% of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was ravaged by ferocious out of control bushfires, covering some 1 million hectares. Over the past 2 years or so since the fires were finally extinguished, we’ve been regularly heading up to the…

To The Wilds of Cape Bruny

From up high on Mount Wellington you can see right across the Derwent and out to Storm Bay, with South Arm and Opossum Bay fish-hooked around to face back towards the city. Beyond lies Bruny Island, separated from ‘the big island’ by the d’Entrecasteaux Channel, and further across to the east coast are Eaglehawk and…

A Winter’s Tale

It’s a sign of the times when you get to the airport at 5.45am to find total crowded chaos – thousands of frustrated sleep deprived people snaking and pooling around the domestic terminal for ridiculously slow security and, worse, dozens of cancelled flights. Welcome to travel mid 2022.  Thankfully, our early morning Jetstar flight to…

Night And Day – Day And Night

It’s good to be home after almost five months of travelling – though from what we’re told, we didn’t miss much beyond the endless torrential rain, all thanks to the intense La Niña event that has saturated the east coast of Australia for months now. We got back to a week or so of heavy…

Seas The Day

We spent a lovely couple of days with my family down in Bournemouth on the ‘English Riviera’, basking in the warm, albeit brief, spring sunshine. So, where better to go for a ramble with Rupert (the oh-so-gorgeous Cockapoo) than Hengistbury Head, a site that’s been occupied since the early hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age, but…

Eltham. The Tudor-Deco Party Palace

Could there be more of a contrast than tropical Mérida one day and an English royal stately home in springtime the next? And not just any old stately home, but Eltham Palace, once the playground of Henry VIII, one of only six royal residences large enough to accommodate and feed the entire Tudor court. But…

Hasta Luego Mérida!

Sadly, it’s time to leave glorious Mérida. We’ve had the most wonderful time here over the past few months, but we feel it’s more ‘see you later’ than goodbye, as we’re sure we’ll be back someday – who knows, could be sooner rather than later… Living here in Mérida was always going to be a…

Xcambó – ‘Celestial Crocodile’

A short drive from the Xtampú Salt Mines lies the ancient Mayan site of Xcambó, a small group of low-lying pyramids, temple complexes and stone structures that would have once been a thriving and important commercial port – exporting what else but salt – and one of the few Mayan sites built on the coast. …

The Xtampú Salt Mines

Today was our last adventure on this trip with our trusty local cabbie, José Luis. We were headed for the Costa Esmeralda, a long narrow isthmus of land stretching some 80ks from Progreso and running west through endless condo developments and new construction sites facing the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a fine spot, you’d think,…

A Feast For The Senses – Mercado Pedro Sainz de Baranda, Campeche

Just beyond the Puerta de Tierra and outside of the Campeche city wall is the Mercado Pedro Sainz de Baranda, a densely packed maze of fresh produce stalls and busy taquerias. There’s a steamy circular food court in the centre of the mercado packed with people enjoying local favourites such as Dogfish Pozole, Tamales Yucatecos,…