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November 2017

2015 - Sydney to Vancouver .. 3 Vanuatu

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This mans t-shirt says 'Vanatu' & I did take a tour with him there .. the other guy was filming us for some un-remembered reason.

The other two were the only other two on the tour . . .. we headed inland to a waterfall .. passing a lot of devastation caused by a recent Typhoon.

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Most houses had some damage .. some extensive damage ..

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A pleasant waterfall .. I did not go down to it with the others .. it was a bit too steep for me

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a very pleasant day out in Vanuatu

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2015 - Sydney to Vancouver .. 2

Some islands

A week or so ago, while on the Mekong Sun, I met two French couples who live on New Caledonia, an island in the Pacific.

As an amazing coincidence, my next port of call is going to be .. New Caledonia.

And .. here is one of those people at his house .. he & his wife were kind enough to meet me off the ship & are going to take me for a ride across the island ..

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We are going to a restaurant on the far side of the island .. but stop at a few look-out spots on the way.

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The restaurant is almost on the beach by here ..

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After lunch we drove back across the island & a few more scenic spots in the capital ..

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The GPS on my camera tells me I am still in New Caledonia here but I think I have moved on to another island within that group.

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I do know I went for a short walk .. looking at the sights.

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And now I have definitely switched islands .. next up is Vanuatu .. I think

Posted by hasbeen 17:05 Archived in New Caledonia Comments (0)

2015 - Sydney to Vancouver

A couple of days in Sydney waiting to board a Holland America ship to cross the wide Pacific ..

After an uneventful flight from Bangkok I arrived at Sydney & after a bit of back & forth managed to find the place to get a train pass inside the airport.

The hotel is just a walk away from the station & I am going to take the train up into the Blue Mountains .. to the Mount Victoria station.

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It is not July but the advert says the the Xmas season will be then .. Xmas in July .. can that be true?

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I took a short walk to a look-out over the mountains but was less than impressed .. the weather did not help as it was drizzling.

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Time for a drink of ginger beer & a snack ..

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& another short wait at the station for the ride back to Sydney. The station could be in England 50 years ago.

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The train ride is nothing special .. not much in the way of Blue Mountain views but it was livened up when two young couple got busted by the cops for drinking on the train .. they were not rowdy, just drinking beer.

It was a pleasant & cheap way to while away a few hours

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The next day I decided to take a bus to the coast & walk from beach to beach ..

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I wonder what you need to do to get into this cemetery .. besides dying .. fabulous location.

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and there is the ships cute photographer ..

.. .. . as we pass under the Sydney Harbour bridge. I did not expect to do that as I thought the ship was to be parked at Circular Quay but Sidney has another cruise ship terminal .. lucky I found that out in good time

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Goodbye to Australia . . I doubt I will get the chance to be back

Posted by hasbeen 16:46 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

2015 - MEKONG RIVER in LAOS, more days in Luang Prabang

Water festival time

So . . off the river boat now & a few more days in Luang Prabang.

A stroll around town ..

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Another stop at this restaurant overlooking the river .. the floor above is made of bamboo & I trusted to luck that it would hold my weight .. of course it did.

This floor is more substantial . .

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Some war souvenirs at the entrance ..

Bare bums on display .. About as rude as Laos gets

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Lots of street food & many people per scooter.

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There a quite a lot of tourists in LP . .

Must be tricky riding a scooter & holding an umbrella . . . . but they make it look easy. Fold-up umbrellas to keep of the sun is a very good idea.

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as are surgical masks . . the air is very bad from the fires set to clear farmland.

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It's the start of the water festival ... I found that Laos people do not smile too much but that changes come water festival .. & a good excuse to get dressed up

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The little boy was always a tad too late with his bucket ..

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Another good reason to have an umbrella ..

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Buddha during his starving stage . . one grain of rice a day.

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Not just the very young get into the water festival ..

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The night market being prepared ..

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A beautiful old car belonging to one of the hotels ..

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An evening at a restaurant that has a cultural show upstairs ..

Followed by a walk around town ..

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... where the night market is up & running ..

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I spent a few hours sitting & chatting with this lady who attends a hole-in-the-wall place that sells juice & coffee .. . just the one chair on the pavement so I had a good view of the comings & goings on the street.

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The next day & the water festival is still in full swing

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These ladies are staff from my hotel .. on the right is the receptionist, looking very smart . . as is the girl next to her who cleaned my room & the very elegant lady beside her who cleans & supervises the young cleaners.

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Some of the kids have sophisticated water-pistols but most just use a bucket or anything that holds waters.

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It is really a lot of fun for these people .. look at the expression on the girls face .. . she loves it

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Some live music here ..

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The massage girls here .. plotting a raid on the tourists ? .. one of them gave me a pedicure here .. they don't charge very much.

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A passing tourist getting soaked. I did get wet a few times .. but they avoided my camera which was nice of them. I tried to bribe one group with a couple of dollars to let me by without getting wet but much to their amusement they soaked me anyway.

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There are some pretty scary spiders hanging in the trees ..

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There was some problem on my visit to the cultural show & I got a voucher for a second performance .. here is a gecko on stage watching proceedings.

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The end of the show & the end of my time in Laos .. would I go back? Yes .. but somewhere other than Luang Prabang .. It is very nice but I do not think it is representative of Laos .. much too clean & rich.

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A bit of a wait at Banglok airport so a photo with these girls waiting to dance to entertain the travellers..

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Next stop is Sydney .. catching the boat to cross the Pacific to Vancouver .. It will be a nice relaxing way home to Canada..

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