Dangar Island: A Hidden Paradise

Dangar Island: A Hidden Paradise

We should have known better than to run the gauntlet that is Sydney traffic heading north out of the city on a Friday evening. All arterial roads were clogged, crawling at a snail’s pace through Sydney’s salubrious North Shore suburbs. Impatient motorists, horns blaring, jockeying to get ahead in what had become almost gridlock. We […]

18 Reasons India Is Always A Good Idea

18 Reasons India Is Always A Good Idea

incredible india It’s Crazy. But In A Good Way. Yes, India is crazy.  But in a very good way.  The colours, the sights, the sounds.  Not to mention the smells – in my mind the smell of India is a mixture of car fumes and sweet incense with just a hint of sewage. In parts India […]

Croajingolong: Pushing Past the Fear

Croajingolong: Pushing Past the Fear

“Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda “Holy crap….we’re supposed to cross that in our flimsy, inflatable pack-rafts? No f**king way!”” We had finally reached Wingan Inlet, part of the Croajingolong National Park in South East Australia and I was not prepared for what lay before us. We had visited this same place […]

On the Book Shelf: So Long Marianne

On the Book Shelf: So Long Marianne

So Long Marianne: A Love Story By Kari Hesthamar A few years ago I went to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales to see a concert. Set amongst the vines of one of Australia’s premier wine regions, the concert was one I had anticipated for many years. Having missed him on his previous tour […]

Mogo Zoo: Panda-monium on the South Coast

Mogo Zoo: Panda-monium on the South Coast

Panda-monium at Mogo Zoo Back in 2012 I embarked on a trek along the Indo-Nepalese border to a place called Sandakphu. Sitting at 3636m it is the highest point in the state of West Bengal, India. But more than that, it lies in  the shadow of Kanchenjunga, the world’s fourth highest mountain and offers once-in-a-lifetime […]

Nouméa: Pacific Paradise or “A Dump”?

Nouméa: Pacific Paradise or “A Dump”?

When I first excitedly announced I was heading to Nouméa for two weeks to take a french language course a number of people responded with ‘Nouméa, what a dump!’ What? Are we talking about the same place? The capital of New Caledonia? South Pacific paradise? On further enquiry every person who told me it was […]

New Caledonia: Island Daze

New Caledonia: Island Daze

island hopping in new caledonia What does your mind conjure when you imagine a South Pacific island?  Warm, tropical breezes…aquamarine seas…beaches of white, silky sand…frangipani and palm trees…coconuts and tropical fruit…coral reefs…seafood…New Caledonia has that and more. In the two weeks we spent in Nouméa learning to speak French with CREIPAC we also took the opportunity […]

Learning French in New Caledonia with CREIPAC

Learning French in New Caledonia with CREIPAC

Who doesn’t love the French language? It is the language of great literature. The language of love. Since a child I have wanted to speak French. I studied it at school. I have taken on-line courses, purchased CDs and french grammar books. I have been entranced with its smooth, mellifluous tones. It is said that immersion is […]

Winter Wonderland – #52PicsProject

Winter Wonderland – #52PicsProject

Photographing a Winter Wonderland “The magic rarely happens in our comfort zone, but outside it, on the ragged, scary edge,where we have to fight like hell to keep from drowning in the unknown.” David Du Chemin   There’s nothing like trekking through snow covered forests for getting out of your comfort zone. And photographing in […]