Adventures in Paradise 3 – Chase ‘n’ Thyme and playing catch up

Our last full day on Lord Howe Island dawned clear and calm with a cloudless blue sky. We had decided to do the Chase ‘n’ Thyme tour with Peter Phillipps who collected us outside the Broken Banyan in his little tour bus. Peter had the gift of the gab and told rather bad jokes, including … More Adventures in Paradise 3 – Chase ‘n’ Thyme and playing catch up

Adventures in Paradise 2 – Cyclone Uesi on Lord Howe Island

Cyclone Uesi, a Category 2 cyclone was scheduled to hit Lord Howe Island at 4pm Thursday. Barbara gave us a Bureau of Meteorology update, showing the path of Uesi passing directly over Lord Howe with wind speeds predicted to reach 150km/hour at 1am, Friday. She recommended having enough provisions for 2 days as we were … More Adventures in Paradise 2 – Cyclone Uesi on Lord Howe Island

Adventures in Paradise 1 – arriving on Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is an ancient volcanic plug sitting in the Tasman Sea about 2 hours flight in a Dash-8 aircraft from the New South Wales coast. We had planned our holiday there in February to maximise warm conditions for snorkelling. Even before we arrived, it became an adventure. After our aborted flight on Sunday … More Adventures in Paradise 1 – arriving on Lord Howe Island

Tbilisi, ‘warm place’ – site of very hot springs

Our first 24 hours in Tbilisi were a bit of a blur, so returning at the end of our trip we were determined to experience the famous sulphur baths in the Abanotubani district. The warm springs which erupt from the Mtvari river were discovered when Vakhtang Gorgonsali’s falcon dropped to earth right at the site … More Tbilisi, ‘warm place’ – site of very hot springs

The Georgian Military Highway over the Great Caucasus to Kazbegi

The Georgian Military Highway is the only route whereby Georgians and Russians can visit each other’s countries. Early 19th century paintings show Russian military personnel travelling by horseback up a narrow track through the towering Tergi gorge. During the 20th century, German prisoners rebuilt the road and a cemetery is dedicated to them at the … More The Georgian Military Highway over the Great Caucasus to Kazbegi

Georgia – 8000 years of continuous wine making tradition

In Georgia, wine making is so intricately bound to religion that the grape vine is the symbol of the Virgin Mary and the grape, fruit of the vine, Jesus Christ. Archeologists date grape seeds back to the 5th millennium BC. In the mountainous Svaneti region, the fertility goddess Lani was replaced with the Virgin Mary … More Georgia – 8000 years of continuous wine making tradition