By Land

Not a Museum

Maryborough, Queensland, Australia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryborough,_Queensland We hired a car (Can’t say “rented”. This is Australia, mate!) in Sydney intending to make our way north to Gladstone on the Queensland coast. After several fun-filled days in Brisbane, we were looking for a place to stop before we were due to arrive in Gladstone. Maryborough seemed like a …

I ❤️ Small Museums

As the late, great Billie Holiday once sang: Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, bloggers gotta blog. I started this damp Saturday by boring the socks off of the nice folks who use Convoglio email. They were treated to a longish discourse on two alternative ways to train Spam filters. Count yourself lucky if you …

Slimy, Glowing Things

When I first arrived as a new immigrant to what was then immodestly known as “God’s Own Country”, there were far fewer major tourist attractions than there are today. The mud pots of Rotorua bubbled as they still do, Queenstown was a charming village set amongst mind-numbing scenery between lakes and mountains. A variety of …

Left Unsaid

This is supposed to be a travel blog and one thing’s for sure, there won’t be much traveling for a while. So I’ve decided to say a bit more about our February trip to New Zealand. First, let me remind you that the posts that I did make are on my old blog. If you …

This and That

Poof! Just like that, and a few tons of carbon in the atmosphere later, we’re back in Seattle. Since this blog exists primarily to share travel photos with friends and family, I’ll be going silent until our next trip begins some time in July. But before then, I want to share a few photos from …

Monet Slept Here

I was going to title this post “Monet-land”, but decided that it sounded snarky. My point is that Giverny is a perfectly pleasant small village, but no one would visit if Claude Monet had not come here to paint. The aura of his presence, and the ability see the pond where he painted the famous …

Two Nights in a Brothel

Here we are, at the end of our five week ramble through England, Germany and France. Before taking the Eurostar back to London to catch our flight home, we thought we’d spend a couple of days in Paris. On previous visits, we’ve stayed in small, usually friendly, hotels – next to the elevated railway, or …

Le Pont Canal

As you may know, France is criss-crossed by canals. These were originally used to transport goods, but are now mostly used by recreational boaters. At the end of the 19th century, officials were unhappy with having the main north-south canal cross the flood-prone Loire, so they decided that a bridge needed to be built to …