There are times in life when you simply have to let yourself go to pure hedonism however clichéd a form it takes. And it doesn’t get more clichéd than a Mustang convertible. So, having landed in LA we picked up ‘the beast’ for the drive north to San Francisco on the first stage of our California road trip.
Flying into Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island the stunning views of the Southern Alps provided a glimpse of what lay ahead for the next two weeks. Larger than their European namesake, the Southern Alps include Mount Cook – New Zealand’s highest mountain at 12k feet – and provided many key locations for the Lord of The Rings movies.
We really didn’t know what to expect arriving in Oz. Setting aside any stereotypes about the Aussies themselves, we also offloaded our expectations of sunny weather; it was winter after all. Continue reading “Australia? No worries!”
When planning this adventure the only country John was adamant we must visit was Japan. Our two-week tour of western Honshu would take in the iconic cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Continue reading “Japan”
Just like nomadic travellers, countries don’t stand still either. They are constantly evolving economically and culturally. This is no more obvious than when travelling in China as we did in March 2017.
China is the new global superpower poised to displace the USA as the world’s most powerful economy. The twentieth century has been called ‘the American century’ but, the twenty-first looks destined to be China’s. Continue reading “China (a country in a hurry)”
Returning to places for which you hold fond memories always risks a newer, lesser, reality erasing them. This is especially so in Asia where the pace of change can radically alter older parts of city’s where the essential character of a place is to be found. So, with some trepidation we have returned to Vietnam for extended stays at two of our favourite places (Hoi An and Hanoi).
Having worked and travelled extensively in some SE Asian countries over the past 15 years (especially Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Malaysia), we are keen to visit some new places on this year-long adventure. Cambodia and Laos are hardly adventurous destinations for tourists these days but, we were looking forward to them having read some great research by our good friend Colin.