ADELAIDE TO CANBERRA

Just recently we took a camping trip to the Nation’s Capitol, Canberra. We left Adelaide for our first destination, Tooleybuc, NSW.

Murray River, Tooleybuc

The Murray River taken from the bridge in Tooleybuc

Tooleybuc is a town in the western Riverina district of New South Wales, Australia and is located on the Mallee Highway, 478 kilometres from Adelaide. The town is situated on the banks of the Murray River across from Piangil in the neighbouring state of Victoria, and has a population of around 200 people. Tooleybuc’s historic bridge that spans the Murray River, was designed to rise to allow Paddle Steamers through was built in the early 1900s.
Our next destination was Bright, Victoria , a trip of nearly 450 k’s. We spent two days discovering the township and surrounding areas. The area was first explored in 1824 by Hamilton Hume and William Hovell. The town was first called Morse’s Creek but was renamed Bright in 1861.
Bright has a population of just over 2,000 which swells quite dramatically during the summer months and in autumn the town is host to many visitors as it hosts the Bright Autumn Festival. The town is close to the Victorian Alps, and various alpine national parks including the Mount Buffalo National Park.


After a relatively short ‘leg’ of 255 k’s, we arrived at the NSW town of Tumbarumba, affectionately known as ‘Tumba’ by the locals. The town is located at the western edge of the Snowy Mountains and has a population of around 1500. Tumbarumba was first established in the late 1850s after the discovery of gold in the district. After the finish of the Gold Mining in around 1930s, the community turned to Agriculture and Tourism and also supports a thriving Timber Industry.

House on the Hill

A night shot of a house in Tumbarumba

Winton Street, Tumbarumba

A night shot in Winton St Tumbarumba

After a short drive of around 250k, we reached Canberra, A.C.T. where we traded the ‘tent’ for the comfort of the Aria Hotel for our stay of 3 nights. We spent most of the time visiting the many Galleries and Exhibitions, The National Arboretum and some of the fine restaurants in the city.


We decided to take a different route on the way back to our home State of South Australia, this time we went down the Eastern side of the Snowy Mountains to Jindabyne, a short trip of just under 200k. Jindabyne is situated in southeast NSW and overlooks the very picturesque Lake Jindabyne. It is a popular holiday destination, especially in winter, due to its proximity to several ski resorts throughout the Kosciuszko National Park, including Thredbo and Perisher. The town was shifted to its present location in the 1960s because of the construction of Jindabyne Dam on the Snowy River as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The town’s name is derived from an aboriginal word meaning ‘valley’.


We then headed to our next destination, Tocumwal, NSW, 410k to the East. The town is situated on the Murray River near the Victorian border and has a population of around 1900. The main road route to Brisbane, The Newell Highway begins in Tocumwal. The area around Tocumwal was inhabited by the Ulupna and Bangerang Aborigines prior to European settlement in the 1840s. The town was established in the early 1860s and was an important customs point for goods crossing between the then colonies of Victoria and New South Wales.


Our last 2 nights of camping were at Halls Gap, Victoria, a trip of about 400k. The town is located near the Grampians National Park, in the Fyans Valley at the foot of the Wonderland and Mount William ranges and has a population of around 600. Its chief industry is tourism, due to its location in the Grampians National Park. Brambuk, Australia’s longest running Aboriginal cultural centre is located in the town.

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A TRIP TO NARROMINE

 

A trip to Narromine, New South Wales.
In December last year I took a trip from my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, to Narromine, NSW. Before leaving I had decided to buy a small, 2 person tent that was easy to erect to use as my accomodation on the trip. I had done the trip before and found that the cost of renting Motel rooms was rather expensive and as I was going to do the trip in several stages, buying a tent seemed like a better and cheaper option. My first overnight stay was in Balranald, a nice caravan park with lots of powered and unpowered sites, much to my surprise an unpowered site cost me $15. After a good nights sleep I began the next leg of my journey, first to Hay, NSW, then up the Newell Highway to Parkes, NSW. (The town made famous in the Australian movie “The Dish”) As I left Balranald I made a little detour to the ’Yanga Wool-shed’100 m. The wool-shed is an impressive building, over 100m long. It was built in the early 1900’s and had the capacity to shelter over 3,000 sheep even in wet weather, it contained 40 blade shearing stands which was later reduced due to mechanisation. The original shed was burnt down in the midst of a dispute between shearers and pastoralists in 1896 and was later replaced by the current shed. After leaving the wool-shed I began the long drive over the ‘Hay Plain’, long straight sections of road on flat ground with very little of interest to look at.
Next overnight stop was the Parkes, NSW.

 
The next morning I visited the Parks Observatory which is 20 k’s north of Parkes, before heading to Narromine.
After visiting a friend for a few days, I began the trip home, this time I travelled further down the Newell Highway to Tocumwal, then to Halls Gap in The Grampians, Victoria. I visited the McKenzie Falls and a few of the lookouts within the National Park. I found a lot of old empty derelict buildings along the way and a lot of old unused business’s that have been replaced by newer and larger buildings.
I then continued my journey westward to Adelaide and travelled through some very dry pastoral properties along the way.

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IN BRUGES…

Here are some images of our time in Bruges.

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BRUSSELS

Bonjour from Brussels,
We’v had four fantastic days in the wonderful city of Brussels, hope you like the photos.

The off street entry to our apartment for our 4 day stay in Brussels.

The off street entry to our apartment for our 4 day stay in Brussels.

BrusselsLooking back towards Brussels on our way to the  Magritte Museum.The Old England Building Subcontrabass Saxophone Soprillo or sopranissimo.

The Old England Building, a beautiful Art Nouveau building that houses the Musée des Instruments de Musique.

The Musée des Instruments de Musique had a featured exhibition called SAX200. It was billed as 'the ultimate exhibition about the life and the works of Great Belgian, acoustician, inventor, businessman and full-time genius Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), father of the hugely popular saxophone'.

The Musée des Instruments de Musique had a featured exhibition called SAX200. It was billed as ‘the ultimate exhibition about the life and the works of Great Belgian, acoustician, inventor, businessman and full-time genius Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), father of the hugely popular saxophone’.

The Musée des Instruments is housed in the Old England Building. Before looking at the Exhibition we visited the 10th floor restaurant for coffee!

The Musée des Instruments is housed in the Old England Building. Before looking at the Exhibition we visited the 10th floor restaurant for coffee!

We also visited the EU Parliament, elections have only just been held and now begins the next five year term.

The train station was very quite as all Belgian trains had stopped due to a 24 hour strike.

The train station was very quite as all Belgian trains had stopped due to a 24 hour strike.

Looking down from the viewers gallery of the debating chamber known as the Hemicycle.  Signs at the beginning of the tour said there was no photography allowed, on our visit, there were more cameras and flashes going off than on a busy day at Tokyo Airport.

Looking down from the viewers gallery of the debating chamber known as the Hemicycle. Signs at the beginning of the tour said there was no photography allowed. On our visit there were more cameras and flashes going off than on a busy day at Tokyo Airport.

Clouds enter the EU building

Flag wavers and fireworks entertained the masses in the Grand Place, as part of a re-enactment of life and celebrations in medieval times.

Flag wavers and fireworks entertained the masses in the Grand Place, as part of a re-enactment of life and celebrations in medieval times.

The AtomiumGlass top lift

This was the sight of the Expo held in Brussels in 1958. There is a great ride to the top in a lift that has a glass roof, the photo on the right is a view up the lift shaft as we were coming down!

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The largest covered arcade in Europe (bigger than Milan) An amazing building to walk through. We had waffles and coffee while admiring the view.

The largest covered arcade in Europe (bigger than Milan) An amazing building to walk through. We had waffles and coffee while admiring the view.

We had a wonderful four days in Brussels, a beautiful city and now we're off to Bruges.

We had a wonderful four days in Brussels, a beautiful city and now we’re off to Bruges.

Au revoir, Lance and Barbara

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MARGATE

Springfield Market

‘The best laid plans’, did all that, went to bed early, set the alarm, got up before it went off, made it to the Underground….no trains yet…too early! Well it’s only 1.7.k’s, I’ll walk, over bridges, up stairs, down stairs, through tunnels, around corners and up and down hills…I made it! At this time of the morning, (5.45am) many of the ‘buyers’ have done their business and are leaving. Trying to cross roads in between what seems an endless procession of white vans, takes a bit of manoeuvring. I got yelled at more than once! Finally, I got into the market, managed to take about 5 photos and was approached by the market Constabulary…‘Have you got a permit to take photographs?’‘No’…’Well then, you better get one, go and see Laurie and tell him your story and maybe he’ll give you a permit…or, delete the photos’Photos deleted! So today was another walk around the Pimlico area..tomorrow, I’m going to board the train and head to Margate….maybe!

There were bright blue skies when I arrived in Margate, that was soon to change!

There were bright blue skies when I arrived in Margate, that was soon to change!

MARGATE

Barbara and I went to see the ‘TURNER’ exhibition at The Art Gallery in Adelaide. I loved his work and learnt a lot from the way he used light in his paintings. I then watched a show on TV about Turner and his work, so the other day when I was looking at a map on the computer, the town name Margate seemed to stand out, beckoning me to come and visit. Today was the day….another early morning. I was on the Tube heading to Kings Cross, St. Pancras by 6:45, went to the wrong part of the station, quickly realised my mistake and got to the correct platform just in time to see the 6:42 to Margate pulling away from the station. Next train 7:42…..no problem, time for coffee and pastry…breakfast! I made the next train and by about 9am I was in Margate, ready to discover this wonderful seaside retreat. The weather forecast was for overcast conditions, some sunny periods and possible storm and lightning activity. I left the train station to experience wonderful wide blue skies with clouds building, the conditions remained that way until late in the morning when the clouds turned from fluffy white to grey and black and as the rain began to fall I made a hasty retreat to a local pub. Lunch done, rain finished, time to continue my adventure.

This is The Turner Contemporary from the back, I took this shot from this angle to capture the menacing clouds that had began to appear

This is The Turner Contemporary from the back, I took this shot from this angle to capture the menacing clouds that had began to appear

The Turner Contemporary, an art gallery dedicated to the work of one of Margate’s favourite sons, stands opposite the jetty or wharf. It is an amazing modern building that is in complete contrast with the much more traditional structures that surround it.

This shot is a long exposure, I managed to get the shot before the rising 'Ebb Tide' trapped me on the beach

This shot is a long exposure, I managed to get the shot before the rising ‘Ebb Tide’ trapped me on the beach

Sunday..to Brussels

Tomorrow I take the EuroStar to Brussels, where I will meet Barbara and we’ll continue our adventure together.

Cheerio from the UK

Another long exposure, the dark clouds had passed and the light was beginning to re-appear

Another long exposure, the dark clouds had passed and the light was beginning to re-appear

All the fun of the Fair Ground

All the fun of the Fair

Colourful Margate

Colourful Margate

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LONDON-2014

London

After what seemed like an eternity in a metal tube I arrived in Dubai. I shared my three seat row with a couple that didn’t do anything except sleep, didn’t talk, drink or eat….just slept. Lucky enough I had the aisle seat so my movements around the cabin weren’t inhibited by the upsetting and disturbing of the sleeping couple. After saying ‘hello’ to my fellow travellers when we boarded in Adelaide, I uttered my second two syllables thirteen hours later in Dubai…‘good-bye’. After two hours in Dubai Airport I boarded the metal tube again for the much shorter flight to London, a mere eight hours…a ‘doddle’…not many more syllables were exchanged between me and my fellow passengers on this leg of the trip either….thanks to my wonderful ‘Bose’ headphones. I’ve praised the A380 aircraft in a previous post….once again, ’fantastic aeroplane, the headphones don’t have to work too hard as the plane is so amazingly quiet.

 

The view from the eighth floor, so nice to wake up to.

The view from the eighth floor, so nice to wake up to.

 

I arrived at Heathrow and dragged my sleep deprived mind and body to the ‘Tube’…Piccadilly line to Green Park, change to Jubilee Line, then on to Waterloo. After some confusion in Waterloo Station I made it to the Union Jack Club, home for the next five days. I managed to stay awake until about 9.30, then the eyelids won the downward battle that I had been fighting for many hours, had a great sleep through to 5.30. I woke up feeling much better and fresher, ready to re-discover wonderful London.

Southwark Cathedral

An amazingly quiet and tranquil place, hard to believe that you are in of the world’s major cities until you walk outside

The Business District

The building nicknamed ‘The Cucumber’ still stands out even though it is being ‘dwarfed’ by many newer buildings.

Wednesday

Camera in hand, backpack at the ready, I made my way towards the London landmark ‘The Shard’. I circumnavigated the ‘Tate Modern’, past ‘The Globe Theatre’, through lots of alleyways and tunnels and found myself entering the Southwark Cathedral. I arrived midway through a rehearsal that was taking place in the church, I’m not sure what it was about but there were many participants being ‘drilled’ and rehearsed ready for the obviously very important occasion.

Thursday…Manchester

I made my way from Waterloo to Euston to catch another ‘metal Tube’ on wheels, a Virgin Train and headed to the wonderful city of Manchester, a mere two hour journey….I could have done it in my sleep! After a refreshing ‘brisk’ walk I arrived at the Manchester Cathedral. As with my visit to Southwark Cathedral, the church was a hive of activity, full of school children being given a ‘run down’ on the days events…another rehearsal, possibly an end of year awards evening. I spent some time in the Cathedral even though with a couple of hundred kids in the building, it wasn’t quiet and contemplative…I spent quite a few hours wandering the streets of this lovely city. The first part of my journey was spent in an older part of the city, I then made my way to some of the newer type structures that I had seen stretching further up to the heavens than the older buildings in the city. There seems to be an incredible amount of building and infrastructure work going on in the city, lots of ‘glass and metal’ type buildings that really compliment their much more traditional and established structures of the past.

This Tower stands out when arriving at Manchester, I finally navigated my way to it, I found the footpath was all roped off while window cleaners worked high above.

This Tower stands out when arriving at Manchester, I finally navigated my way to it, I found the footpath was all roped off while window cleaners worked high above.

I left having seen only a small part of this wonderful city and made my way to Chester. I had intended to visit the city on a previous trip that I did to Liverpool, but deferred because of the heavy rain I experienced in Liverpool, so this time it was happening. I boarded the train with moments to spare, stopped at about ten stations and arrived at my destination about an hour and a half later, about 4.35pm. I got out of the train to check the times of trains returning to London….last train…5.35pm, Platform 1, arriving London Euston Station 7.35pm…….Chester, maybe next time!!

 

 

I stumbled across this area which was set up to view Wimbledon on the grass, in a deck chair and a 'Big Screen'

I stumbled across this area which was set up to view Wimbledon on the grass, in a deck chair and a ‘Big Screen’

So, I’m, back at the Union Jack Club, sitting in the Bar, having a Spitfire Lager, Kentish Ale….very nice. I need a quieter day tomorrow to give my feet and legs a rest, so, up early and I’m heading to the Springfield Market, best to be there early…it’s all over by about 9am…I’ll finish my ‘Pint’ and head to bed and get ready for an early start in the morning…..

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8 days in the UK

It’s been ages since I posted anything on my ‘WordPress’ site, but here goes, After I finished my performances at The Basel Tattoo in July this year, I headed off to the U.K. for 8 days ‘r and r’. I spent most of my time in London but took 4 ‘day’ trips on trains to Portsmouth, Brighton; Dover; Liverpool and Cardiff. Here’s a few shots from around London.

The Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, it is a footbridge that links Bankside with The City of London.

The Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, it is a footbridge that links Bankside with The City of London.

The Shard

The Shard

Canary Wharf Underground Station

Canary Wharf Underground Station

The Channel 4 building

The Channel 4 building

Houses of Parliament, London

Houses of Parliament, London

See you soon
Lance

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