. . . and then it's time to plan the next trip !!!
UPDATE - just returned from Singapore and China. Photo above taken on a bridge overlooking the Li River and the amazing Karst Mountains at Yangshuo, China. I'm in the course of page and tip writing, so please return.
About the SirGaw "handle" - no I'm not a member of the aristocracy, it was a name given to me on a Yahoo email group by another member as we had so many "David's" on the list. Somehow we had to make it easier for everyone to know who was posting - I got SirGaw and it stuck. Until recently I used a Viking type helmet for my photo as some years ago we were in Toledo, Spain, and I wandered into a souvenir/gift shop selling all sorts of knives, swords etc and then I spotted the horned helmet that was shown in my photo - I just had to try it on for size. No I didn't buy it - 80 Euro - the weight would have had me banned from flights and trying to wear it on an aircraft was just not an option - LOL
I decided to 'retire' that photo and for now, here's another - my Conductors hat at Puffing Billy Railway 'doctored' with a pair of devils horns that I bought in a joke shop, Took all of 2 minutes for an instruction to be issued for me to remove the horns. It was Halloween eve and a good time to dress up the hat.
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Aged 70 and now retired, there's a world of travel to be done and so little time to see the world.
Gee time flies, it was 7 years ago we returned from a 2 month trip to parts of France, Spain and Italy. Throw in the 2 smallest countries on Earth - Monaco and The Vatican and that made 5 European countries. On the way home to Melbourne, Australia, a 3 day stop over (or was that "shop-over") in Dubai, U.A.E. and finally Perth in Western Australia to help my dad celebrate his 85th birthday.
That 2 month trip started in Paris for 7 nights, then Bordeaux for (3) nights, followed by journeying into Spain - San Sebastian (3) and Bilbao (2) on the north Basque coast, followed by Madrid (4), Toledo (3), and Barcelona (7). Back into France to Avignon (3), then Marseilles (1) and Nice (4). To end our European trip into Italy and Manarola on the Cinque Terre Coast (3), followed by Venice (4), Florence (4) and finally Rome for 7 nights.
Favourites - Bordeaux and Avignon in France; San Sebastian and Toledo in Spain; Manarola and Venice in Italy. What order - no I'm not going to answer as they were all different.
If your interested in reading about our trip, well it's a long story and starts at Trip 07
About the lead photo
It was in Dubai that we sat and relaxed and watched the sun set over the heat-soaked, parched desert and wondered where and when our next trip would be.
In 30 years we've done a bit of travelling:
1984 - Singapore and Malaysia
1986 - Fiji
1988 - West coast of US and Hawaii
1990 - UK (London and Bath) and Paris
1999 - New Caledonia
2002 - Hong Kong and Macau (Hong Kong page amd tips now complete)
. . . and then there's the many trips within Australia. Recent Aussie trip was on the famous train 'The Ghan' from Darwin to Adelaide and there are pages for those 2 cities as well as Kakadu National Park, the towns of Katherine, Pine Creek, Batchelor and Alice Springs and of course there is a special tip and travelogue all about 'The Ghan'. April/May 2014 a road trip from Hobart, Tasmania to the west coast and finished off in Launceston - new pages added A Beginners guide to Tasmania
My first ever overseas trip was a cruise to other Australian ports, 2 ports in New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. I've just recently found a packet of bits and pieces from that trip done in 1968, although I can't remember too much seeing that beer cost 13 Australian cents for a 13 ounch can. There's a write up of that trip - click below on, "Package from the past - first overseas trip."