This is a tagging Post.
Yep; Dace, over at The Long Way Home has tagged me. Please do yourself a favour and get on over to read her heart warming memories. They will delight and reward you handsomely.
The premise of this tag is to write about our travels, to confess whatever our little heart’s desire, and then to tag 3 to 5 others and invite them to join in.
Now, onto the rules:
- Post a photo (or photos) and description(s) of your confession(s) in a new post.
- Tweet your post with hashtag #TravelConfession and follow/tweet @Traveling9to5
- Tag 3-5 other travelers you’d love to see confess and tag them on Twitter.
- (I don’t have a Twitter account so won’t be taking this step just now.)
I’ve got a secret; I love Australia. This is my home, and I’m really happy to live here.
I’ve thought hard and long over this: “What shall I write about? Where have I been in the world that I can tell you about? I’ve been to a few places in countries other than my own. Which one did I enjoy the most?”
And, you know; I couldn’t do it. Nope, I just couldn’t do it. Why? Because I realised that it is here in my own backyard in this country that I love, I have had the most wonderful travels; the most wonderful sense of belonging; the most wonderful days relaxing in my home country: Australia.
I’d like to take you on a few of my journeys. There will be a hotch potch of memories interlaced with beautiful scenery; magnificent culinary delights, and the most magnanimous people.
To start the journey we are travelling 700 kilometres (km), or 434 miles (ml) north to The Gold Coast in Queensland. In fact, we are staying at Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Broadbeach.
This is where we have stayed every year for the past 4 years for a few days in April. Why do we go there? Because we love it! Primarily we are there because of a dance competition; however, this is merely one of the reasons. We love the weather (it’s now autumn, and the hot summer gives way to warm days with cool breezes). We are minutes away from the beaches and the many fantastic eateries that offer culinary delights to appease all tastes. Added to this are pleasant strolls along white sand, and the sound of children laughing. People are busy enjoying themselves; this is why most are here. Tourists (and natives) are relaxed, and life is mellow and sweet. By day we enjoy the casino ballroom with our fellow competitors with all the glitz and glamour abounding. By night we enjoy noshing it up while watching the ever changing scene of folk living and loving. Oh yes, it is grand…!
For our next port of call we are heading south to Victoria.
Wonderful, exotic, entrancing Victoria. This is possibly my favourite. At least once each year we make the journey to Victoria’s capital, Melbourne (1,000 km, or 620 ml from home). Why? Because, you guessed it; dancing, fun, food, culture, green trees that sparkle in the sunlight and the Yarra River running through town with its flow taking the visitor on a journey of city lights and restaurants. What magnificent times I’ve had in Melbourne. The shopping in Melbourne is second to none. Whatever the little heart desires can be fulfilled in this cosmopolitan delight.
Do you want to travel west to Western Australia? Okay, let’s go 4,000 km, or 2,500 ml.
It has been many years since I’ve been to W.A. Back in 1987 was my one and only trip. I loved it. W.A. was then very much like New South Wales (my home state), only it seemed to be about 20 years behind us. I enjoyed having someone put petrol in my car, and check the oil, and do those little things that I had once enjoyed in my home state. You see; life was getting faster for New South Welshmen, and those sweet things that people did for each other, well, they were going by the wayside. However, be that as it may, it was wonderful to go to the other side of Oz. The most vivid memory I have is seeing the sun go down over the water instead of the land, as (naturally) it does on the east coast. (Funny, the things that memory highlights!) I can remember being in the botanical gardens overlooking the Swan River (which runs through the capital city of Perth). The picture above highlights W.A’s floral emblem; the Kangaroo Paw. These, and many other W.A. native flowers are grown in the gardens; what a delight it is. If you look closely you may see the little ‘paw like’ fingers of the Kangaroo Paw plant as they come out to greet the sun. I enjoyed that stay. I don’t think I’ll return, sad to say. However, life goes on, and with it come new adventures.
Are you equipped to go to one of our coldest regions? Put on a cardy, you’ll need it.
Tasmania; beautiful, glorious tassy. It’s a hop, step and a jump over the water to this delightful place (1500 km from my home, or 930 ml). Yep; once again, it’s dancing that got us here. Three visits to this wonderful place over the past four years have been a joy. What can be said about Tasmainia? Lots and lots. Firstly, it’s cold. It is only another 3,500 km to Antarctica so woolly jumpers and gloves are a must (at least during the time of year I’ve been here; late winter, early spring). It has an old world charm, and an easy going nature. It sings warmth. It opens its arms and begs you to stay. Oh, how I love Hobart, its capital. Driving is a must, for there are so many country sights to see. One must allow ‘time’ when visiting Tasmania, indeed. If it’s rest and time out, or if it’s adventure and challenge; it can be found here.
I haven’t ventured to the Northern Territory. Something tells me I won’t. Oh well, it will have to remain a mystery to me; though, I know I am the one missing out..! However, I’m sure that most will have heard of Uluru…
Next up: Adelaide, capital of South Australia (1,560 km, or 970 ml from home).
My one and only visit to Adelaide in South Australia was during 1985. My daughter and I visited during one of our many travels around Oz. We (my daughter and I) were best mates (as we are today) and traveled up and down the east coast together. However, this year we decided to go west, to see what we could see. Mainly I saw the road; it was a long way to go! My memories of that trip were watching my beautiful young daughter becoming a butterfly; she grew up quite considerably on that trip. Her father had partnered with a woman who was about to live with him, and he no longer wanted our daughter to visit with him. It was a sad beginning for our holiday. I can remember her little face as she stood outside the house with a rather large suitcase by her side. I didn’t ask her any questions. I put the suitcase in the boot, wiped her precious little face, and away we drove. It wasn’t until the next day that she confided that he’d packed her bag. She knew it was coming. His drinking had escalated, he was smoking a lot of pot, and the numbers of women he’d been bringing home were multiplying. She didn’t ever return; she remained solely with me from that day forward. How happy that made me; it was a joy, and a sadness all mixed into one…!
South west 450 km, or 280 ml to Canberra, Capital of Australia in the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.).
Hello dancing! Yes, once again we dance. Oh, it’s cold when we tackle this comp. The weather here in Canberra is freezing in winter, though (for me) quite acceptable in summer. June is the moment, and June is our winter… Brrrrrrr…! Being our capital city it houses our Parliament, as well as great Libraries and Museums. My daughter and I have hired bikes to ride around Lake Burley Griffin in years long past, and have enjoyed the solitude of bush walking. In more recent years my partner K and I have twirled around the dance floor in one of Australia’s greatest ballroom competitions, and swayed with those other lovers of dance, food, culture and fun. Oh, how I love Oz.
Lastly, yet not least is my home state, New South Wales. I think it is best to show you in pictures….. We’re an eclectic bunch…! 😉
And so ends my Travel Confessions: Down the Memory Lane
Thanks again, Dace, for thinking of me. Thoroughly enjoyed your Travel Confessions, as I enjoy your blog in general, and I enjoy you..!
The bloggers I’d like to see showing us their travel adventures and confessions are:
Dolly @ allaboutlemon – this incredible girl must have many tales to tell, and I want to hear them all… Only if you have the time Dolly.. No obligation 😉
Resa @ Queen’s End – I hope you are not too busy at the moment Resa..! I’d love to hear your travel confessions if you would like to share them with us.. Once again, no obligation (I have every understanding regarding time and its lack). 🙂
Jess @ A Winsome Journey – ‘Cause I think this girl is pretty special, too. Jess, there is no obligation. I know it’s a big ask; you have a busy future coming up, which I can’t wait to read about and enjoy your fabulous pics.. 😉