Sunrise in Tuscany, Italy. Mist hangs over the grey valley as the sky turns pink

These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ – how to choose the right hiking footwear??

The first thing to get straight is that there is no such thing as the perfect footwear!

Choosing hiking/walking footwear is so individual that you really need to ignore 50% of what people tell you and choose the footwear that suits you best.

Now we have that out of the road, here are my tips and tricks, and you can ignore me too!

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A picturesque view of boats on Rose Bay, Sydney

Exploring the Sydney Coastline – Bondi to Manly Path – Stage 2

As the title says, this post describes the second stage of the Bondi to Manly Coastal Path, this time from Watsons Bay to Rose Bay. Of the three stages I completed on a sparkling June day, this was my favourite.

For background on this 80km path and to start from the ‘beginning’ check out my post about Stage 1.

Here are my thoughts and comments on Stage 2.

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A hand with the word stop printed on the palm

Un-favourite Places

This could be a short post!

By now you may have gathered that I am happy to travel anywhere, anytime.  I reckon I could pack for an international trip in less than ten minutes and not leave anything important behind.

As I am always rabbiting on about all the wonderful places I go and experiences I enjoy, I thought I would challenge myself to write a post discussing places I would NOT return to or travel to in the first place…

Hmmm, now that is quite a task!

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Banner for 2019 Archibald Prize

Getting some culcha! The Archibald Prize for Portrait Painting

Trips to Sydney, colloquially referred to as The Big Smoke, are few and far between for me these days. When I do undertake the four-hour drive it is often a fleeting, overnight trip and I am more than ready to make my escape back to the bush.

This changed in early June when I had an opportunity to spend four days just playing tourist. What a luxury and novelty. One of the things on my bucket list was a visit to the Archibald Prize for Portrait Painting at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

I’m no artist, but I do enjoy opening my eyes and mind to new and creative things.

The Archibald Prize does that in spades!

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Sandstone cliffs along Sydney's coastlaine

Exploring the Sydney Coastline – Bondi to Manly Path – Stage 1

There is no better way to explore a city than on two feet. It gets even better when it is a sparkling Winter’s day and you have no time pressure to do anything other than stroll in the sunshine.

Welcome to the Bondi to Manly Walk.

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