Having returned to our hotel on the Argentine side of the border, the following morning sees us having to cross back into Brazil for our flight from Foz De Iguazu to Rio De Janeiro where it’s a balmy 31 degrees.Continue reading “Brazil”
Argentina: Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls
We arrive in Buenos Aires to be met by driver Mauro who whisks us the 30km to the swanky district of Recoleta in the south of the city. Our heads are turning here and there as we marvel at the wonderful French style buildings for which this part of the city is famous. It’s easy to see why BA is referred to as “the Paris of South America”.Continue reading “Argentina: Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls”
Chile: from Valparaiso to the Southern volcanoes
At the end of our Peru adventure, we have eight days on our own before the tour of Chile begins on April 1st. We decide to spend the free time in Chile rather than linger in Peru. After a night flight from Lima to Santiago we hop on the reliable Turbus to one of the six major bus stations in the city. We are bound first for Valparaiso 100km north west of Santiago.Continue reading “Chile: from Valparaiso to the Southern volcanoes”
On the road again…on the Inca trail
Well it’s taken a while but, we are finally back on the road. Now to finish the worldwide odyssey we started in January 2017. Having hit the pause button in California in July 2017 we are now heading to South America to complete our original itinerary.Continue reading “On the road again…on the Inca trail”
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.
New Zealand…Sweet As
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.
Australia? No worries!
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”
China (a country in a hurry)
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)”
Return to Vietnam
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).