Revival time

After meeting Cate yesterday in Canberra, it was time for another round of revivals. First, I met Angus again, whom I met in Melbourne last year and then on in Sydney. He was so generous to offer me a place to crash for the night, and we went out afterwards… … to meet Glenn, a […] Read More

Canberra war memorial

Every town in Australia has its war memorial, big or small, and the memories of the Great War are kept fresh, especially during the centennial. So I visited Australia’s official war memorial in Canberra, a bit up on the hill, overlooking the city and down Constitution Avenue, on the Old Parliament building, and the new […] Read More

Canberra

Day 3 of my trip up to Sydney. This time I went inland, and quickly up the hills, through a couple of green pastures… cows galore! Australia has always such a dry, arid image in my mind, I am surprised to find these lush, green spots. There were a couple of stops with walks through Rain forests, […] Read More

Eden, NSW

Finally, no rain! I left Lake Entrance quite early, and drove along the highway to Orbost, a bit inland, where I decided to make a little detour back to the coast and the small town of Marlo. There I had a quick breakfast and a very short stroll along the coast. The snowy river hits the […] Read More

Gippsland Lakes

After the endless rain, the sky was showing a small but growing hole with blue skies, so I drove over the 30 minutes to Metung, a tiny fishing village on the Gippsland lakes. I wanted to stay there initially but it was pretty much booked out – in my price class. I walked along the lake […] Read More

500 days

Today I am on the road for 500 days! Those special ‘anniversaries’ are always a good moment to look back at the road traveled so far… Especially on this day, as I am bidding farewell to Melbourne. Usually, I am pretty matter-of-fact on my travel days. No nostalgia, pack, taxi, airport, flight… Just – snap fingers – […] Read More

Mornington Peninsula

Kate and I had set a day aside for a trip down the Mornington Peninsula, a long stretch of land on the East side of Port Phillip’s Bay, that is famous for its wineries, and hot springs. We drove off at 10 in the morning, heading south on the new highway, to have a first […] Read More

Sonoma

Even though we danced all night, we got up early in the morning and hit the road north, for a trip to Sonoma. It was Vitor’s last day in San Francisco, but how could a visit be complete without having tasted some California wine? I love the drive up there, over the Golden Gate bride, […] Read More

Road trip budget

And with the last bills paid, here’s the budget for the 16-day road trip through New Zealand. All in all I spent 1615 € in 16 days, which is basically the budget foreseen. 685 €  Hotels and Accommodation 435 €  Eating out & drinks 260 €  Cultural activities, entry fees, etc… 140 €  Supermarkets 50   €  other expenses […] Read More

Wrapping up

This morning I woke up to a light rain, and decided I hit the road straight away back to Queenstown. The drive was surprisingly fast and smooth, funny how a road always seems shorter when you travel it the second time. I was in Queenstown around 1pm, checked in, and would have had enough time […] Read More

Milford Sound

Up early in the morning (around 8!) and after a quick stop to get a Latte, on the road to drive the 120 kilometers to Milford Sound, or Piopiotahi in Māori, after the piopio bird, which is now extinct. It really is at the end of it all. Funnily, two days ago I was just about […] Read More

Fjordland

The weather was quite grey in Queenstown, I wasn’t up for a lake tour, so I decided to take the scenic drive along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy. Glenorchy is supposed to be a cute town at the end of the lake, basically at the end of all paved roads there. Actually, the road only exists […] Read More