Have You Been To The Land Down Under?
Okay, so my title was inspired by the Men At Work song which coincidentally was out during the time of my fascination with Australia. I was always intrigued by Australia and knew I had to go there. So off, I went with a backpack and no more than £100 pounds. I ended up staying more than a year, and went back once again shortly after I returned to England. The second time I went there, I think I even had less money than the first time. It’s a long story as to what I did there and how I survived with such a meagre beginning, but with a big pot of dreams. Here are some pictures.
I ended up traveling around the country, and actually even hitch-hiked my way around. I would never do it again!
My first stop was Sydney, but I spent the majority of my time in Brisbane.
You can’t visit Australia without going to the Outback, this is where you will see Ayers Rock.
This one was taken in Melbourne
This is in the Northern Territory, I believe I went from Darwin to Alice Springs and Katherine Gorge was on the way. I remember a lazy river ride viewing crocodiles that looked lazy, but of course would snap out of that laziness in a heart-beat if tempted.
This is Ayers Rock in Alice Springs
This is the best place to see koalas! I had a picture of me holding a koala and don’t know where it is now. So sad!
However, I do have a picture of me with a kangaroo!
Back in those days, I did not take as many pictures as I do now, and I know I have more pictures of Sydney and Brisbane somewhere, but will look for them and post them sometime down the road. Here’s the Big Pineapple again though, this picture was taken on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
I really enjoyed seeing the land Down Under and would like to visit it again sometime soon. It’s a great big country, and some of the other places I visited were Perth, and Adelaide. The only big city that I did not visit was Canberra, the capital city. I really should have gone there. Anyway, that’s enough of my reminiscences of my time in Australia.
Serene San Diego
Just a little serenity even in pictures might take away the tension that is forever present in this world. Here’s some serenity from San Diego.
Have a happy and serene week!
Where’s This Beach…Hope It’s Within Reach! It’s in Oceanside!
Where is this beauty of a beach?
Is it Tenerife?
Is it Majorca?
Is it Sicily?
No, well, I think you know it by now, as I put it in the title and in the captions……it’s in Oceanside, California, which is just 45 minutes north or so of downtown San Diego. Oh, this beach is so stunning and one of my latest joys and discoveries. You can live by a place, but not even visit it or know of it’s beauty, until one day you stumble upon a part of it, and instantly think, wow, this is so beautiful, how could I never have visited this place before, or even known how beautiful? So, now, I go back to this beautiful beach as often as I can. Here are more pictures.
Beautiful park by Paradise on the Beach (that’s just my name for it) – it’s actually called Tyson’s Park – I believe.
A bit of color by the beach
Take a walk along the Pier
Especially on a day that’s perfect, and the sky is clear
Okay, the sky may not be that clear, but the day was perfect.
Here’s a view from the Pier
Another view from the Pier
Back to the beautiful Pier
More of the beach
Guess what? There’s a restaurant on the Pier, and it was fun eating there, it almost felt like being on a cruise!
Okay, so I had to take a picture inside Ruby’s where we enjoyed lunch, but this one didn’t come out great, I wanted to show the view through the window
Back to the outside world and lovely Oceanside Pier again! Here’s someone else enjoying the view from the Pier.
Here’s someone taking a break from fishing on the Pier
Here’s more people enjoying the view from the Pier
What a beauty of a beach!
What nice waves you have!
What nice trees you have!
Chandi loved visiting Oceanside
I know these people loved the beach
I think anyone visiting would love this place
Life’s more fun with a visit to the beach. I hope the beach is within reach for you
No matter which angle you view it from, Oceanside Beach should be within your reach
Shade or no shade, tents or not
This beach sparkles
Where is Oceanside again?
It’s part of sunny San Diego, just 5 or 10 minutes away from Carlsbad, and 40 or 45 minutes north of downtown San Diego.
Oh, it’s so Oceanside!
By the way, Happy Labor Day!