Canberra – Nara Candle Festival

Australia’s Capital, Canberra, hosts an annual festival of Japanese culture at the Nara Park on the lake foreshore. Canberra has ‘twin’ status with Nara city in Japan (near Kyoto Prefecture) and the Nara Candle Festival celebrates this link. In addition to the amazing cuisine, there were demonstrations of traditional Japanese …

Canberra – warming up with its International Curry Festival

This Winter weekend (18-19 July) saw Canberrans turn out in force to warm themselves over a nice hot curry prepared by skilled chefs from all over South and Southeast Asia. The Canberra International Curry Festival left the air heavy with spices so your mouth was watering even before you came …

Feature photo – Coogee Beach, NSW, Australia

I took a couple of shots at sunset and into the blue hour (the hour after sunset) and was struck by the timeless simplicity of the Coogee surf lifesaving club. I was also struck by a certain poignancy with this photo of the empty surfboard in the shallows. The surfer …

Sydney – A starting point

Sydney is probably my starting point for this blog – but not the start of my travels: Those began some time ago! I recognise that I will find my voice as I go, but I have to start somewhere. And if you are going to start anywhere, it might as …