Glendalough

was a monastic city establish by St Kevin in the 6th century. It flourished until 1215 when the diocese of Dublin and Glendalough were combined which caused Glendalough to decline in importance. It was destroyed by the English in 1398. [Read More...]

Mitaki-ji Temple

is a Shingon temple located in forested hills on the periphery of Hiroshima, Japan. Amongst the forest and moss in the temple grounds are more than 300 Buddha and jizos. A babbling brook completes the tranquil environment. [Read More...]

Lake Towada

is a caldera lake located in northern Honshu, Japan. It has a periphery of about 46kms with an average depth of 71 meters. Its clear cold waters drain into the Oirase river. [Read More...]

Wieliczka Salt Mine

is located about 10kms from Krakow, Poland. Salt was mined from the 13th century until 1996. Many statues and friezes have been carved in its grey granite textured salt. [Read More...]

Cordobla

is an UNESCO heritage site. The Roman Bridge, Mezquito, Roman Gate and the Alcarzar de los Reyes form a continuous heritage area.

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Mezquita

Mezquita means mosque in Spanish. The Cordobla Mezquito is a mosque in which a later Catholic Cathedral has been built.

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Kutna Hora

in the Czech Republic, became rich because of silver mining. This wealth helped to build St Babara's Church. So named because St Babara is the patron Saint of mining. Building commenced in 1388 and wasn't completed until 1905. [Read More...]

Sedlac Ossuary

commonly known as the bone church, is a small church located in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Inside are the bones of forty thousand people, from the medieval period, which have arranged in decorative designs. [Read More...]

Temple of Literature

was built in 1070 as a shrine to Confucias. In 1076 it became Vietnam's first University. Though originally only teaching children of the aristocracy it later allow gifted commoners to attend. It served as a center for higher learning for 700 years. [Read More...]

Halong Bay

Day two is the most activity filled day in a three-day/two night tour to Halong Bay which starts in Hanoi. Activities including exploring caves, climbing to lookouts and visiting islands all occur on the second day. [Read More...]

Day Trek Near Sapa

There are many treks you can go on, visiting hilltribe villages, in the Sapa area. Some are one day, many are multi-day treks. Because I havent done any treks for a number of years I choose a one-day trek. [Read More...]

Jeju Island Stone Park

Jeju is a volcanic island located south of the Korean peninsula. The Jeju Stone Park, due to be completed in 2020, is being set up to celebrate the island's stone based culture. [Read More...]

the Esperance Foreshore

Esperance is a port and beach resort. Located 390 kilometers south of Kalgoorlie is a long way from anywhere. Skylab crashed near here in 1979. [Read More...]

Maritime Museum

Its sailing days over, Australia II winner of the America's Cup in 1983, is housed in the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Resembling a billowing sail, it is located on the southern end of Fremantle's wharfs.[Read More...]

Kangaroo Island

located south of Adelaide, South Australia, is Australia's third largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island. Relatively unknown, it is often used as a sanctuary in attempts to protect endangered species. [Read More...]

Isebergs

are geological formations creared by the weathering of crystalline rocks. There are several on the Eyre Peninsula, including Murphy's Haystacks. [Read More...]

Eyre Peninsula

Sparesely populated, the Eyre Peninsula, west of Adelaide has an economy based in fishing, farming and tourism. It also has a number of granite outcrops called inselbergs. [Read More...]

Loy Krathong

Every year in the first full moon of November the Loy Krathong festival is celebrated throughout Thailand. As I have never witness this festival before it seemed appriopriate to attend it at its place of birth. [Read More...]

Wat Doisupthep

Overlooking Chiang Mai, on a site where a white elephant carrying a sacred bone is believed to had die, is one of Thailand's most sacred wats, Wat Doi Supthep[Read More...]

Boat to Luang Prabang

Travelling from the Thai border at Chiang Klong to Luang Prabang by the slow boat is a pleasant two day journey with an over night stop at Pak Being. [Read More...]

Fraser Island

The aboriginal name for Fraser Island, K'gali, means Gods of Paradise. Located off the Queeensland coast it is tropical with rain forest and many lakes. Composed almost entirely of sand, it is the world's largest sand island. [Read More...]

Lake Margaret

is a small hydroelectricity scheme located in the west coast of Tasmania. It was build during World War I to provide power to the nearby Queenstown copper mines. A group of us walked along the pipeline from the power station to the lake. [Read More...]

Cradle Mountain

in Central Tasmanian is one of my favourite places. The quiet serenity allows my imagination to drift back to pre-industrial times. A popular days outing is to climb to the summit. [Read More...]