Tokyo Buddhist temple of Zojo-ji

A tough Japanese ski lesson

Snow was falling steadily at Nozawa Onsen and had been falling ever since our arrival four days earlier. It was late on a Thursday night when we reached this traditional Japanese ski village, in the Nagano prefecture four hour’s drive northwest of … [Read More...]

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Japan – be prepared for anything

Expect the unexpected when travelling with teenagers Those Japanese shinkansens are fast. Really fast! One of my boys clocked it at 220km/hour using an app on his phone. And they run to a clockwork tight schedule.  They pull up at the station, … [Read More...]

Shelly Beach, Caloundra

Home Towns – where’s yours?

Travel Blogger collaboration Happy  to be part of a collaborative project with my friend Mel and her blog All Around Oz where she asked a few fellow Aussie bloggers to tell her about their Home Towns and suggested places to visit. Although … [Read More...]

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Japan Ohayo Gozaimasu

Finally Japan! My first visit to the land of the rising sun is imminent. Japan has been on my travel radar since my high school days when I studied Japanese in Year 8! As this was quite a few decades ago, why has it taken so long for me to … [Read More...]

the old and the new of Macau

Macau – is it Asia’s answer to Vegas?  

As a traveller I've made frequent trips to Hong Kong, but I never considered making a side visit to Macau at the same time. No idea why, but it took an aquatic Cirque du Soleil style show - the House of Dancing Water - to finally lure me there. A one … [Read More...]

(1a) Mayfair Hotel exterior (c) Jennifer Johnston

The Mayfair Hotel Adelaide – luxe and modern

Adelaide’s boutique Mayfair Hotel is centrally located at the intersection of King William and Hindley Streets. Housed within the refurbished 1930’s heritage listed Colonial Mutual building, the hotel’s façade has been kept intact thanks to clever … [Read More...]

HCMC local on street TBW

5 Insider Tips on Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon - my five insider tips Nestled adjacent to the Saigon River, some 80 kilometres from the South China Sea – Ho Chi Minh City – or Saigon as the locals prefer to refer to it pulsates an intoxicating energy and excitement. … [Read More...]

jen and mum on the banks of the Yarra Southgate

Melbourne and the grey haired crew

The Royal Military Tattoo is not only for the grey haired set as Jennifer Johnston recently discovered in Melbourne. The airport security alarms were ringing and my 83yo mother couldn’t figure out what was setting them off. Removing her shoes, she … [Read More...]