Category: Australia and the Pacific

The Gold Coast: A Beach Retreat

After Trevor and I spent some time exploring Tassie and Hellberra….I mean Canberra, the concession was a weekend away for him, his wife, their son, and – most importantly – me. So, we did what many Sydneysiders do, we headed...

Canberra: The (Surprise) Capital

We arrived back in Sydney from Hobart with just enough time for a good night’s rest (thanks to the whisky) before hopping in a car to head to Canberra (pronounced Ca-buruh). Haven’t heard of it? That’s too bad. It’s the...

Australia: Take Three

On the last night of my recent trip to Australia, I was in a French restaurant in Sydney, sipping Japanese whisky, and reading Robert Hughes’ international best seller, The Fatal Shore. It’s about how the British settled Australia. When I recognized...

Transpacific Anticipation

I’ve heard some travelers express sadness when they start a trip. Beginning a journey, they say, marks the end since the experience is already coming to a close. It’s a negative spin on the cliché that, “A journey of a thousand miles begins...