colourful shawls at a market stall

India – A Shopper’s Paradise

Visiting a country just to shop, would never be something I would consciously do. I have heard of people booking trips to all manner of Asian and other destinations just so they can blitz the shops. That sounds like the epitome of boredom to me, but even I was dazzled by the art, craft and pure entertainment value of shopping in India.

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A view along the ghats next to the river Ganges. Many boats in the river await passengers

Wondering About the World in Varanasi…

Like the sleepy and sluggish River Ganges, Varanasi is best enjoyed slowly, savouring the spirituality and the diversity of the devout pilgrims the river attracts.

That’s the theory anyway, but on an organised tour you need to cram in as much as you can in only two days.

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Crystal clear water and white sand at Tuncurry, NSW

Summer Wind Down in Sleepy Tuncurry

Footsteps along Tuncurry beach
Footsteps along Tuncurry beach

Tuncurry is a tiny jewel in the string of coastal gems that make up the mid-north coast region of New South Wales.

About four hours drive north of Sydney, Tuncurry and its sister town Forster, are slightly off the beaten track i.e. off the main north-south Pacific Highway. Rather than creating a sad feeling that the World has passed it by, the detour required to reach both these towns means that they retain their laid back ambience. A huge positive when you want a stress-free beach break.

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