Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia
May 21, 2014 - day off.....
Off to the Croc farm to see what one looks like close up... In the farm, they get the eggs and incubate them, then grow the baby crocs within closed quarters until they are around 3 years old. They are kept in the dark, fed lots of protein, allowed to lounge around in warm water kept at a constant temperature and played soft music until they are 1 year old. Then they are moved to larger quarters which they have to share with 25 others with similar conditions and then when they reach 3 years old, they are shipped off to the big croc farm in...Jump to full entry
May 17, 2014 - Cairns to Gove Harbour
We have a reprieve of charters for a few days so we have taken the opportunity to have a look around town and I can get some of this down on paper and out to you all at home. Yesterday we took a run out of town to an Art Gallery – now I know what you are all thinking – into the car and into the parking place. oh if only it was that simple!!! Major co-ordination of the masses is involved when anything done ashore is concerned – organise someone to take you ashore in the tender, have someone willing to drive you the fifteen minutes into town...Jump to full entry
Great day! A visit to The Louvre, a rendezvous with Emmi , who popped over from Finland to say hello!, and some hours to discover the wonder of the Grand Magasin - especially Galeries Lafayette and that remarkable dome! Tonight, the Moulin Rouge - extraordinary! I nearly know all the words now after 5 goes!! Our final team dinner in a delightful restaurant in Opera Cadet, our pedestrian street- with frogs legs and snails on the menu, some fun presentations and a Bon Chance or two for the homeward journey . Thank you to Sep, Mal, Lah, Susan,...Jump to full entry
Jul 6, 2013 - Bikes, bargains, big buildings and bones!!
Fat tyre bike tour of Paris! 4 hours, 12 K, excellent experience! The less intrepid headed to the Panoramique - 56 store us above Paris in a very fast lift, squeezed in some shopping and people watching in our little street! 4 diehards beat the queue at the Catacombs! A very crowded train, a peek at Notre Dame - and the day was done!!Jump to full entry
Jul 3, 2013 - D Day explored!
A full day exploring the major sites of the extraordinary D Day campaign, with our on board historical monuments expert Geoffrey Otto - an Australian living and working in Normandy! Pegasus Bridge never ceases to astound, with the tales of courage and simple good luck! On to Arromanches for lunch and a peek at the Mulberry Harbour, onto Omaha and the cemetery, and a chance to explore what remains if the legendary Pointe du Hoc. Dinner, Normandy style, before heading to rooms to pack and prepare for Paris!!Jump to full entry
Jul 2, 2013 - To Normandy!
Our coach driver is Pierry; from Luxembourg. Imagine our surprise when our lunch stop - often just a quick breqk for a dodgy sandwich on travel days - took us to the delightful quqyside restaurants qnd cafes of the artist's mecca, Honfleur. Bonne chance, and merci, Pierry. Tonight, washing and repacking before our D Day experiences tomorrow.Jump to full entry
Jul 1, 2013 - We walk the bloody road to The Somme
Today, we move from Gent in Belgium to Amiens in France through the battlefields astride the River Somme. Our visit to Bailleul CommunalCemetery was heartwarming for me as I washable to share the story if my great uncle Frank. Gabby found the grave of her great great uncle - a second proud moment for her! Photos still coming from student collections The Farnsworths had a quiet and proud moment graveside in Doingt Communal Cemetery in the Somme - a beautiful place to visit and pay tribute. Villers Brettoneaux, the empty grave of Australia's...Jump to full entry
Jun 30, 2013 - The horror of the war becomes plain...
What a day! Back towards Ypres to explore more of the salient! Moving cemeteries and memorials were the order of the day. Caterpillar Crater - one of the largest of the craters blown under Messines Ridge was a fascinating inclusion. Toronto Avenue cemetery - the only all Australian cemetery in Belgium - has left it's mark. And dinner at the spectacular Amadeus! A fitting farewell to beautiful Gent!Jump to full entry
Jun 29, 2013 - Off to the battlefields ...
Our pilgrimage to the battlefields begins ... We were joined by our battlefields guide , Alan Forbes from London - a veritable encyclopedia of this war- and our driver, Piery, from Luxembourg! Our touring coach is very luxurious indeed! First stop Tyne Cot cemetery - the largest Commonwealth War Grave in the world. We found the grave of Gabby's great great uncle. We moved on to Hooge Crater cemetery and Ben was able to leave a message for his great great uncle! After lunch at the Hooge Crater Cafe, we headed for Ypres and a walk to the...Jump to full entry
Jun 27, 2013 - And so to Belgium!
Beautiful Belgium indeed! Already, the delightful medieval town of Gent has endeared itself to our travellers - chips, chocolate and salads to make a Goveite green!! Today, I have had a chance to look at some of the vast collections of photographs so far taken - it is truly mind boggling to witness the talent and persistence if our students as they strive to record the finer details of our journey! Stay tuned as we gather the best and commit them to this site!! A work in progress, worth the wait! Several of us are at the very groovy Wasbar...Jump to full entry
Jun 25, 2013 - London - busy and beautiful!
Wow! Our third day in London! Chances for updates are few, and I am often working quickly to get a quick message up and a photo or two! Be assured that hundreds of fabulous high quality and thoughtfully composed shots are being taken, and I will post as many as I can as they are available to me". Many of those already posted are my quick snaps, taken sand posted just to give a sense of things!!! The photographers on board will ensure a stunning end product! Today, we have groups at the changing of the guard, the science museum, the natural...Jump to full entry
Jun 23, 2013 - London!!! The Dungeon, south Kensington Park ...
Our tour guide, Isabel, revealed many London secrets! The London Dungeon beckoned many travelers today - it's new location on the banks of the Thames suits it well, and it was a light hearted introduction to some of the history and theatre that makes London what it is!,Jump to full entry