Saigon, or as it’s now known, Ho Chi Minh City, is a port city, and so it’s been settled by many different peoples, merchants and traders over the centuries. Khmer fishermen lived here before the Nguyen Dynasty came in. Later the French colonists, looking for a trading post in SE Asia, seized the city and declared it the capital of French Cochinchina.
The first stop on our year-long visit to Australia was the iconic harbour city of Sydney. Such a beautiful city! Lots of stunning new architecture, we especially loved all the greenery and planting on balconies. There’s a lively, vibrant, young feel to the city, I can imagine living here 🙂
Three months in New Zealand, you’d think we would manage to see most of this relatively small country! But no, people are always asking us “did you see…?” “did you go to…?” oh well, we’ll have to come back! Aotearoa is the Maori name for the country, and is commonly translated as Land of the Long White Cloud, which is not actually accurate. There are several variations, but Long Pale (or white) Cloud is generally accepted. Continue reading Aotearoa Road Trip
During our time in New Zealand’s North Island, we spent a few days in the geo-thermal area of Rotorua, and enjoyed the hot springs, and a beautiful scenic zipline through the tree canopy. Continue reading Rotorua & Coromandel
~ Biking the Otago Central Rail Trail
No wonder Peter Jackson chose New Zealand to shoot the Lord of the Rings series of films – stunning scenery, craggy mountains, endless rolling hills, greenery galore. Central Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand, is a beautiful area. Continue reading Cycling through Middle-earth
Queenstown calls itself the Adventure Capital of the New Zealand, and it certainly has plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities to satisfy most people! We first came here in 2006, and yes we did the iconic bungy jump off Kawarau Bridge, which is reputed to be the site of the first commercial bungy jump in the world. Huge fun, and I definitely recommend it.
Cuba is all that and more. It’s a developed country with an educated workforce with teachers, doctors and engineers, but the water is not safe to drink (even the locals buy bottled water).
Yesterday was the 118th anniversary of PG Day, celebrating the establishment of the town of Punta Gorda, Belize. Punta Gorda is the southernmost town in the small central American country of Belize, close to the border with both Guatemala and Honduras. There are at least five distinct cultures who make their home here.