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Category: Destinations

WELCOME TO HELL AND THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

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You don’t have to do bad things to go to Hell. Anyone can get there.

The tiny Michigan town in Livingston County is a popular fishing and swimming spot.

Or there’s the European alternative, Hell, a tiny village in Norway.

For me, it’s  more than 20 hours flying either way, so it could be easier to go to Little Hell, in Tasmania, Australia.

Perhaps I should try Satans Lair, also in Tassie, or Hellfire Bluff, Dismal Swamp or Misery Knob.

A trip to Victoria could find me in Mount Despair or I could visit Desolation Bay in South Australia, or Disappointment Hill, in Western Australia.

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BALI STORIES – HOW THE WEAK CAN CONQUER THE STRONG

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Did you hear about the bird that pecked out an elephant’s eyes?

The blind and thirsty elephant heard a frog croaking near a cliff and thought that water was nearby.

It ran towards the sound and fell into the ravine, killing itself.

Sad, I know, but the tale demonstrates how the small and weak can use their wits to defeat the big and powerful.

 

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WORLD PEACE – IT’S A NUMBERS GAME

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The solution to world peace and harmony was revealed to us recently as we sipped on coconut water at a pool bar in Bali.

We were presented with a wide smile with bright white teeth and deep dimples as Marvellous Made’s Mathematical Solution was explained.

This amazing man spoke with great passion as he scribbled the Solution onto a serviette.

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WHEN THE LAST RESORT IS THE BEST RESORT

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What happens when you reach the last resort? You have the time of your life.

That’s what we discovered when, two years in a row, we accidently chose the last beachside resorts at two different towns.

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THE ROAD TO BALI – A FAST TRACK TO ENLIGHTENMENT

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Between us, Hubby and I have travelled to more than 30 countries and we both agree it’s the Asian nations where we learn the most.

It’s why we keep going back, much to the astonishment of some of our friends who prefer the efficiency and comforts of western countries.

It’s why we chose Bali as a destination for our three young sons more than 16 years ago.

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MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE – 5 REASONS IT’S NOT TO BE MISSED

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Melbourne street art.

Melbourne is a city of style, renowned for its fashion and culture.

I have heard it referred to as Sydney’s older, more sophisticated sister and this description seems to fit, at least from the perspective of a visitor.

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So many ways to see the city streets of Melbourne – cars, buses, bikes, horse and carriage or trams.

Where Sydney, with its magical harbour, has a spirited, child–like quality about it – as depicted in the paintings by Ken Done – Melbourne has a calmer, more relaxed feel.

One of the things that always strikes me when I visit the Victorian city is how polite everyone is. It doesn’t matter which restaurant/café/store you visit, you are greeted with grace and thoughtfulness without a pressure loaded sales pitch.

I recently spent a weekend in this wonderful city to visit a close friend and once again, it didn’t disappoint.

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TASMANIA – 10 REASONS IT SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

How could anyone forget the majestic island that is Australia’s most southern state, Tasmania?

The history, beauty, heritage and art is packed into the Apple Isle is not to be beaten, yet it is often being left off our maps.

 

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Tomorrow we celebrate Australia Day and just recently the supermarket giant Woolworths produced celebration hats including a map of Australia – without Tasmania.

When people expressed their outrage, the product was removed from the shelves.

This is not the first time it has happened to that beautiful little island.

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WONDERFUL WINE – 8 REASONS IT’S GOOD FOR YOU

HUNTER VALLEY VINEYARDS

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Wine is bottled poetry

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I’m with Robert Louis Stephenson. I love sipping a glass of peppery shiraz in front of the fire on a winter’s night or feeling the smooth, cool elixir of a gentle Semillon trickle down my throat on a hot summer day.

According to several studies I’m doing my health a great service too, as long as I’m not overindulging.

Last Monday’s post 5 Reasons A Hunter Holiday Will Make You Happy, promised to talk about the region’s wine.

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5 REASONS A HUNTER HOLIDAY WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY

NOT WHAT YOU’RE THINKING

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Did you think I was going to say wine, wine, wine, wine, wine? Well, it’s true, the Hunter Valley is known as the birthplace of Australian wine, but it has so much more to offer as well.

A short two-hour drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley offers city sophistication in a peaceful rural setting.

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Beautiful rural setting of the Hunter Valley

With the Brokenback Ranges as its backdrop, the Hunter Valley is a picturesque paradise with so much to do – or not do if you choose.

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