Somewhere over the Rainbow

Badtjala Country

While on our holiday at Rainbow Beach last year, I saw a sign for helicopter joy flights. This sounded like a great way to see some of the Fraser Coast and views to K’gari (Fraser Island) – the world’s largest sand island. And so it proved.IMG_20201010_144525 Continue reading

Shake, Rattle and Rolling Stock

The Mary Valley Rattler is a heritage steam train experience that has long been on my wish list of things to do in south-east Queensland.

On our week away at Rainbow Beach, our daughter had one day of Uni which she was able to do online in our holiday house. This turned out to be a Wednesday, which worked in perfectly for the rest of us to head to historic Gympie station for the 3 hour trip to Amamoor and return.

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Scattered Memories

I’ve been particularly slack and have posted very little in the last year, so time for some catch up.

Last October we were supposed to take our grandkids to Fiji. Well, we all know what happened to international travel, don’t we?

Instead, we spent a week at Rainbow Beach. While we were there we’d also arranged to scatter Dad’s ashes in the same spot where Mum’s had been scattered 6 years earlier.

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Kampong Phluk – high and dry, for now

Today was the last day of our February holiday. Yes, as usual it’s taken me a while to get to the final post in a trip. Perhaps I just don’t want to let go of the idea of international travel. Who knows when we’ll be able to do that again.

Tour guide Sam, a friend of our son’s, met us at the hotel on his tuk tuk and we headed of towards the flooded village. Of course, being the dry season, we knew it wouldn’t actually be flooded but it was an opportunity to see something different.

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The Angkor temples of Siem Reap

Our tour group had 3 temples on the agenda today. Some of us decided to go back to the hotel for a swim after the 2nd one.

There’s nothing to say about these magnificent ruins that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll let them speak for themselves.

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On the road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

I have to say that this wasn’t my favourite road trip. There is one main reason for that.

On the road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap it’s common for tours to stop at Skuon to tantalise (or,more likely, taunt) tourists with “delicacies” of fried insects such as scorpians, crickets and tarantulas.

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Man’s inhumanity

I couldn’t have come to Cambodia without visiting the Killing Fields of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. What an emotional journey it was. Tears were shed.

As we drove out to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, our guide told us some of the stories of that time. His name translates as “Lucky” – the name his mother gave him after the regime fell when he was the only of her children still alive.

He told us how is mother would work in the fields and would look only at her work, fearful if she looked around when she heard shooting and screaming that she would become another victim.

At Choeung Ek is a shrine containing the skulls of 8000 of the victims.

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From Vietnam to Cambodia by road

Our package tour gave us the option to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by either bus or plane.

We chose the bus because we wanted to see the countryside and we’re glad we did.

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