"Wander the world and try to understand it...." chala's Profile
My husband and I aalove to travel to distant countries and different cultures...
First we went together with organized travel groups, but in the last ten years or so we preferred going on our own. It is much more relaxed, easier to get inti contact with locals and to sample food or other things, without someone being afraid or angry.... the way it is with groups.
We went to Malaysia, to Taman Negara with a group.... we never saw one animal!! Somebody always has to talk. So I do hope, that we will be going there again one day.
We enjoyed our Journey to Vietnam from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta then Cambodia PnomH Penh and Angkor in 4 weeks very very much, the food in Vietnam is gorgeous, as in Cambodia, the people are fieindly, if not sometimes unnerving when begging and tugging at your seleve forever...
We did also enjoy Mexico, we just loved Oaxaca, the spirit, the artists, the cathedral, the food... disliked mass torusim in Cancun and were awestruck face to the pyramids and ancient temple towns....
Still so much to see....
2001 we went to Australia for the first time and fell in love!!!
We started in Perth, took a wonderful Tour with Doug from Western Geographic Ecotours to the Pinnacles, took a car and went down to Bunbury, Margret River, Karri forest, Lake cave , then flew to Adelaide, took a tour to Kangaroo Island, which we simply loved and there a car for three days. The island is enchanting...
Back in Adelaide we ventured about town, parks, Botanic gardens, marveld at the resaurants and their patrons, it was fun, then we took a car via Kingston and Caves to the Grampians, also this was great!!!Then via Tower Hill ( a copperhead snake and five Koalas in one hour..)and the gorgeous coast to Port Campbell, then all the scenic lookouts and beaches, apostles, and hook turns inMelbourne finally(I nearly freaked out!!) We experienced the parade for the Federation celebration where we talked to so many people, were awestruck by Queen Victoria Market and then had to leave for Sydney, fishmarket, Botanic gardens, Chinatown, Harbour etc.etc.etc....then Tasmania, we left from the Airport via Baghdad( my husband was born in Iraq)which is just one house and a gasoline station in the middle of nowwhere...to Freycinet NationalPark, then through the Mountains and beautiful landscape to Launceston, where we sampled wonderful seafood, before leaving for Cairns, where we just cured our colds which we caught in Tasmania. We loved the Botanic Gardens and it's cafe there....
Next time 2005 started in Brisbane, then via Lamington National Park(Toruist Trap O'Reillys Guesthouse) to Noosa, took there a Never NeverTours to Border Ranges National Park, which was nice( but the bushfires were fogging the views)the Landscape there is just wonderful, we learned, that sharks come up the river( never heard of that before)Springtime is definitely better than Fall like last trip, the flowering trees are gorgeous, we went down south via Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens to Sydney from Coffs Harbor we had liquid sunshine, most assuredly needed by nature, but not possible to hike around Myall Lakes, where we saw magnificent views and wonderful landscapes with old paperbark trees.....you name it.Sydney was great, we had a tour of the harbour on the Enigma with Rudi and Gerda from Waratah tours, great experience, very friendly and knowledgeable host s, again fish market, e saw Cirque de soleil, which also was a great experience, then Tas mania again, this time overnight in Tasmania and dinner at Kelley's (!!!)then Mount St.Field NP, Big Trees Round walk then up to Lake St.Clair where we had a cottage(!!!!) Beautifully situated on the lakeside, nice boat and hiking tour also the trip down to Strahan with all those walks left and right is great, as ist the Boat Trip from Strahan up river via Strahan Harbour. We took the Premium tickets on Lady Jane and they were worth every penny!!!, Also nice trip from there to Devonport, and then Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne
We expereienced the Melbourne cup there, we even could touch it, the little thing that makes Oz stop for a day....We enjoed the carnival in town, we did not got to the races, we enjoyed watching people, going nice and neatly dressed intio Flinders station and coming out again in differnt shape, Guys carrying the ladies hats on ther head and the girls ontheir backs,,,,,Never saw so much alcohol consumed in a day before or after... I bought two hats.... couldn't resist.Went to St.Kildas and the Markets and just chilled a few days before leaving.
We are looking forward to come to Melbourne on x-mas this year,
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