Perth, Australia

Perth, Australia

Perth surprises us. We’re expecting some Australian outback on the western coast. Instead, a clean city with gleaming buildings rises along the Swan River. Cafes, shops, and restaurants line the streets. The old architecture blends with the new as blue skies and...
Traveling Tasmania, Take Two

Traveling Tasmania, Take Two

Hop a ferry and get shucked, Baby! We be eating our way through a picturesque drive on Bruny Island. Fresh oysters not only exceed guidebook hype, but raise the bar of future expectations. Just down the road, more food and drink options include Bruny Island Premium...
Traveling Tasmania (Part 1)

Traveling Tasmania (Part 1)

  Ever since that devil appeared on Bugs Bunny, Tasmania has been on the travel wish list. Turns out, the endangered Tasmanian Devil is more of a dog-like cute little fellow. Efficient scavengers that can bite through bone, when they devour a variety of road kill like...
Australia:  Melbourne, Keep It Weird

Australia: Melbourne, Keep It Weird

Much of Melbourne, especially the Fitzroy area, reminds us of downtown Portland, Oregon with the “keep it weird” theme. Melbourne has no need to put it into print. More relaxed than Sydney, Melbourne enjoys mellow art, funky cafes, and “green” practices that range...
Australia:  Sydney and Beyond

Australia: Sydney and Beyond

Imagine not wanting to get off of an airplane after a 15-hour flight. Business class, baby. Cashing in a lifetime of mileage points is truly a grand experience for budget travelers like us. Marilynn reminds me, “Don’t get used to it.” First impressions of strolling...