Solomon Islands – Remote Island Life, World War II Relics and Ocean Adventures

Solomon Islands – Remote Island Life, World War II Relics and Ocean Adventures

We didn’t know what to expect in the Solomon Islands except for World War II relics from the Battle of Guadalcanal. Upon arriving, we realized this country is made up of several islands with small villages. The locals use dugout canoes as their primary mode of transportation. In our time there, we mingled with locals who are dark-skinned, but not of African descent. An interesting trait of Solomon Islanders is they have a broad spectrum of hair colors. We were fascinated that Solomon Islanders and other Melanesians are the only people besides Europeans…continue reading →
How to Plan a Trip to Australia with Itinerary

How to Plan a Trip to Australia with Itinerary

5 Reasons to Travel to Australia Australia is a gigantic area, both a continent and a country. The vast interior is mostly desert, and the coastal area has bustling cities, enormous coral reefs and stretches of tropical regions, and fertile plains. There are more than one hundred reasons to travel to Australia, but here are five. 1. Australia Has Awesome Biodiversity The country is known for its biodiversity with thousands of endemic plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammal species and primarily known for marsupials, including kangaroos and koalas. 2. Australia has amazing landscapes…continue reading →
Great Ocean Road of Australia – Stunning Coast, Iconic Animals, and Rural Charm

Great Ocean Road of Australia – Stunning Coast, Iconic Animals, and Rural Charm

One of the reasons we came to Australia, like everyone else, was to see kangaroos. We had been here over two weeks with no real success. We did not expect to see them in the cities of Sydney and Melbourne. We sort of saw them in the Red Centre, but they were hard to make out because it was dark, and they were far away and blended into the landscape. The Great Ocean Road was our last chance. We saw none on sprawling farmland full of sheep and cattle. On our first day…continue reading →
Melbourne, Australia – Culture, Diversity and Fun

Melbourne, Australia – Culture, Diversity and Fun

One of my greatest joys in life is finding a hole-in-the-wall café or restaurant off the main avenue. It did not take me long to realize that Melbourne is a city filled with pedestrian lanes with my kind of joints. In these narrow walkways, I started each day with a cappuccino made by a skilled barista… …and later ate lunch at a superb ethnic restaurant, like the tapa bar MoVida. When not indulging in culinary delights, I walked the alleys and admired the outdoor murals… …and reveled in the graffiti. When I was tired…continue reading →
The Red Centre of Australia – Remote, Desolate and Spectacular

The Red Centre of Australia – Remote, Desolate and Spectacular

When we made plans to see Uluru months ahead of our visit, we were surprised that the hotels were nearly sold out. Soon we realized why. The Australian Government had set a date when climbing Uluru would no longer be allowed. This was in response to the indigenous Anangu people who believe the mountain is sacred. When we arrived, there was a steady rush of people scrambling up the steep monolith. From one angle, we saw a single-file line of them pulling themselves up by a stretch of a chain. There were signs…continue reading →