"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Augustine of Hippo


"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

- Louie Armstrong

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

- Anita Desai

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

- Lawrence Block

" Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

We have seen places our parents could only imagine in their wildest dreams!

As we travel, we plan to fill the pages with what we learn as we explore this beautiful world and meet its magnificent people. We hope all who stumble upon these pages will enjoy what they find here and will be inspired to get out of town!

Nothing Short of Rhapsody

The composer [George Gershwin], trying to write a Lisztian concerto in a jazz style, has used only the non-barbaric elements in dance music, the result being neither good jazz nor good Listz, and in no sense of the word a good concerto. ~~~Constant Lambert, British composer and critic Back when everyone was making New Year’s…

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Our ship headed northeast from New Caledonia Sunday and we started the week by venturing ashore on two of the islands of Vanuatu, a South Pacific archipelago of a few more than eighty islands, around sixty of which are inhabited. (Here’s how the locals pronounce it: van WAH too.) Most of the islands are volcanic,…

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While we were in Australia’s Blue Mountains, we had the opportunity to meet an Aboriginal woman named Cindy who showed us a collection of things that she said would be all that an Aboriginal needed to live in the bush. Spread out on the table before us, she had myriad objects such as an emu…

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Governor and Mrs. Macquarie

If you spend even a little time in Sydney, you can’t help but notice that a lot of places are named for Somebody Macquarie. You will find Macquarie Place, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Lighthouse, Macquarie River, and of course, Macquarie Street, just to name a few. All of these places are named after “The Father of…

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Terrific Tasmania

There is a Quantas airplane waiting to return us to the Australia’s mainland today. Spending the first week of 2024 in Tasmania was perfect because it was a week full of firsts for us. This week was the first time we heard that the island was originally called Van Dieman’s Land. That was before Abel…

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What the Devil?

Over the past several months, we’ve been asked repeatedly if we were going to see a Tasmanian Devil while in Tasmania. The mere existence of the beast is about the extent of most people’s knowledge of the island. I had serious doubts that everyone who asked us that question even knows that it is a…

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Nightlife to Wildlife

We were back at the Sydney airport New Year’s Day to catch a midafternoon hour and a half flight to Launceston, Tasmania. After picking up the rental car in Launceston, the four of us struck out for Cradle Mountain National Park and the lodge nearby where we had reservations for two nights. Miles and miles…

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