the Ghent Canal …

Where … the Ghent Canal, in the north of Belgium When … Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 9.11pm What … After spending the day moored in Ghent, so passengers could visit that city and nearby Brugge, the Amadeus Silver III drifts north along the Ghent Canal towards Holland’s Westerschelde waterway and the following day’s exploringContinue reading “the Ghent Canal …”

Holland’s Hoorn …

Where … Hoorn, in Holland’s north When … Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 8.20pm What … Unseasonably warm weather has swept across northern Europe, driving temperatures into the high 20s and encouraging residents that have been hiding from winter chill for months to discard layers and venture outside. From the Panorama Bar on the AmadeusContinue reading “Holland’s Hoorn …”

Haji Lane …

SINGAPORE is a shopping paradise with everything from luxury brands on Orchard Road to Chinatown’s buzzing markets catering to visitors on a quest to worship the gods of retail. But there are also edgy enclaves around the Lion City where those dedicated to bespoke style have established indie havens that are home to stores sellingContinue reading “Haji Lane …”

Singapore’s  Emerald Hill …

ORCHARD Road might be one of Singapore’s top shopping streets but it’s also a place to become emerged in Lion City history. Emerald Hill Road is an enclave of calm flanking Orchard Road – the entrance is right opposite the Somerset MRT station – with longs rows of original houses still lining the laneway. TheContinue reading “Singapore’s  Emerald Hill …”

Changi’s Crowne Plaza …

Where … The hotel at Singapore’s Changi Airport When … Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 4.53pm What … The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is literally connected to Singapore’s Terminal 3 which means weary travellers can be in their hotel room, and changing into togs for a dip in the fabulous swimming pool thoughtfully planned toContinue reading “Changi’s Crowne Plaza …”

Turkey’s Anzac Cove …

TO mark Anzac Day 2016, the 101st anniversary of the moment Australian soldiers waded ashore on a Turkish beach,  I have fished out photos from my 2012 visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula with Bunnik Tours. I spent a couple of emotional hours at Anzac Cove – walking beside the long lines of graves at AriContinue reading “Turkey’s Anzac Cove …”

the Yarra River …

Where … Melbourne’s Yarra River from the Bridge across Spencer Street. When … Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6.22pm. What… The late-afternoon sun shines on the side of Southbank’s glass towers with an abstract reflection of the riverside scene captured by the Yarra River. Visit the Visit Victoria website … posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sydney Harbour …

Where … On a ferry beside Bennelong Point and the Sydney Opera House When … Wednesday, March 23, 2026 at 4.41pm What … Jorn Utzon’s masterpiece the Sydney Opera House, a building so despised at the time of construction that the architect fled the country before it was finished and refused to return Downunder toContinue reading “Sydney Harbour …”

Art Gallery of NSW …

FOR many years now I’ve been keen to play tourist in Sydney. I have made semi-regular jaunts to the New South Wales capital since I’ve been a journalist but it was always for work which meant I rushed from one appointment to the next, dashed in and out of hotel rooms, and sprinted to theContinue reading “Art Gallery of NSW …”

Doha’s Souq Waqif …

PHOTOS snapped during an afternoon wander in Souq Waqif – Doha’s main trading place established more than a century ago – which was quiet with traders enjoying a respite from the heat of the day before business began again in the cool of the evening. The market grew near the banks of a dry riverbed,Continue reading “Doha’s Souq Waqif …”

Duckboard Place …

MELBOURNE is my hometown and while I don’t do as much exploring as I should – I much prefer to spend downtime eating Vegemite on toast in my pyjamas rather than gallivanting about the big smoke – I do get out when inspired. I was motivated to do a little exploring today when in the cityContinue reading “Duckboard Place …”

Rutherglen vineyards …

Where … Rutherglen Estates’ vineyard near the Murray River in northern Victoria When …  Late afternoon on Thursday, June 11, 2015 What … A winter sunset mixes with the smoke from a farmer’s fire to throw a golden glow over a Rutherglen Estates’ vineyard a stone’s throw from Rutherglen in the northern Victorian wine-making region. …Continue reading “Rutherglen vineyards …”

King George Sound …

Where …  Albany’s King George Sound on Western Australia’s wild south coast When …  Thursday, May 8, 2014 What … Taking in the view to the South Ocean, across Albany’s Princess Royal Harbour and King Edward Sound, from the Clarence Hill Memorial on a glorious blue-sky day near the end of autumn. Visit the AmazingContinue reading “King George Sound …”

Seaside Stanley …

Where …  Stanley, Hong Kong Island When …  May 19, 2013 What …  Boats bob on the water in Stanley Harbour as locals enjoy a day at the seaside settlement that’s home to the Stanley Markets and a swag of places to eat and drink. Visit the Discover Hong Kong website … posted Tuesday, MarchContinue reading “Seaside Stanley …”

Melbourne’s Langham …

Where …  A function room at The Langham in Melbourne When …  Thursday, February 5, 2015 What …  The view across the Yarra River to the Melbourne skyline was the vistas I had to gaze at during today’s Visit Britain media briefing at The Langham on Melbourne’s South Bank. Visit The Langham Melbourne website …Continue reading “Melbourne’s Langham …”

Karrat Fjord …

Where …  Karrat Fjord, on Greenland’s west coast When …  August 22, 2012 What … Baby icebergs, that have just been calved from glaciers inside the Arctic Circle, float in the still water of Karrat Fjord before making their way into the Davis Strait and eventually south to the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the official GreenlandContinue reading “Karrat Fjord …”

Wet-season Darwin …

Where …  Darwin Harbour When …  Saturday, November 29, 2014 What …  Whispy wet-season clouds gather over Darwin Harbour, with this early-evening photo snapped from Stokes Hill Wharf which was the site of devastation after the first Japanese raid on the top-end city in 1941. Visit the official NT Tourism website … posted Saturday, NovemberContinue reading “Wet-season Darwin …”

Darwin’s waterfront …

Where …  My room at the Adina Hotel on the Darwin Waterfront When …  Thursday, November 27, 2014 What …  The view across Darwin’s wave pool to historic Stokes Wharf, which was the scene of such devastation when the first Japanese bombs fell on Darwin during the Second World War, to the gathering clouds ofContinue reading “Darwin’s waterfront …”

Bay of Many Coves …

Where …  Bay of Many Coves, New Zealand When …  Friday, November 20, 2014 What …  The view from the sitting room in my suite at the Bay of Many Coves Lodge, sitting in a quiet corner of Queen Charlotte Sound at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, as day descends into evening. VisitContinue reading “Bay of Many Coves …”

Queen Charlotte Sound …

Where …  Queen Charlotte Sound, the water feature crowning New Zealand’s South Island. When …  Saturday, November 22, 2014. What …  The wild water of Queen Charlotte Sounds disappears behind the Interislander ferry Kaitaki as it cruises from Picton To Wellington across the Cook Strait on a stormy New Zealand afternoon. Visit the Interislander websiteContinue reading “Queen Charlotte Sound …”

Coastal Pacific …

  Where …  The coast between Kaikoura and Blenheim When …  Friday, November 21, 2014 What …  The view from my window seat on the Coastal Explorer, the scenic train that runs between Christchurch and Picton on New Zealand’s South Island, as we follow the coast around a bay on the north side of Kaikoura.Continue reading “Coastal Pacific …”