York House & Gardens, West London

There is a very special, ‘secret’ part of Twickenham, West London, that I came across recently called York House & Gardens.  Easily accessible by taking a short walk from Twickenham high street, towards the river Thames, down Church Street.  It is on Richmond Road, close to St Mary’s Church.  Instead of turning right on the river bank to Eel Pie Island, turn left along the river instead.

York House dates back to 1630 and has had many owners over the years.  The last private owner was Sir Ratan Tata (born in India), whose father founded the Tata group.  Sir Ratan acquired the house in 1906.  He was a famous, wealthy businessman and philanthropist.  If you have ever travelled to India, you may recognise the Tata name from the front of long-distance lorries/trucks.  In 1912, he gave donations to the London School of Economics to fund research into poverty and inequality.  In 1918, he died in St Ives, Cornwall, England and as a Parsi was buried in a Parsi burial ground called Brookwood.  In 1923, Twickenham Council acquired the house.

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What is really special to my mind, about this site, is the Italianate gardens that Sir Ratan had laid down, which required a remodelling of the original gardens.  This was a setting for garden parties (and children’s parties) at the time.  A stone footbridge replaced the previous construction (seen above), and connects the two parts of the gardens.  Sir Ratan arranged for many marble statues to be installed, which are truly beautiful.  The original gardens date back to 1784.

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The gardens are open from dawn until dusk, although locking up begins around 20 minutes before closing time.

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Secret London! (With a very quaint pub called The Fox on Church Street, where you can retire for lunch).

 

Chasing the Cherry Blossom in Japan

April 2019 saw me chasing the Cherry Blossom in Japan.  This was a sight that I had wanted to see for many years.  I had visited Tokyo, Japan in 1984 but only spent 4 days there and didn’t get the chance to see very much.  Of course, Tokyo is not Japan.  Similar to most countries, the capital is not necessarily representative of the rest of the landscapes.  The best time to see the Cherry Blossom is around March-April, but it varies each year, and it varies depending on which part of the country one visits.  I chose to fly into Osaka and fly out of Fukuoka.  In the interim, I visited Kyota, Nara and Hiroshima.  Each of these cities were very unique in their own right.  I purchased a Japan Rail Pass voucher in London, UK before travelling.  On arrival in Osaka, I had to exchange the voucher for the rail pass.  This is where I learned my first lesson.  I spent hours trying to find Osaka Train Station, not realising there are actually 6 main railway stations in Osaka.  So make sure you research the train stations before you travel, and make a decision on which train station is the nearest to where you are staying, so that the voucher can be exchanged, if you purchase it.  It cannot be purchased in Japan for the same price and conditions, so is worth buying before you travel.  Also, there are certain bullet trains that you cannot use the rail pass on, so make sure you research this as well.  I found myself on the ‘incorrect’ bullet train several times but my rail pass was never checked on the train.  Although this doesn’t mean it won’t be when you travel!

I found my first Cherry Blossom in Osaka, around Osaka Castle, and along the river that runs through the city.  Osaka is a bit of a concrete jungle, and like most Japanese cities, you really have to get out and about to the environs and countryside to see the real Japan.  Otherwise you are lost in a ton of unattractive grey concrete.  Osaka Castle was magnificent and it isn’t too expensive to visit, but get there early to avoid the crowds. The first construction of the castle was in 1583, and has had many ‘reincarnations’ since.  Photographs are not allowed inside the castle, but I didn’t realise so I managed to obtain a couple of snaps before I saw the signs. There is a beautiful moat around the castle and you can take a short boat ride on the moat.

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From Osaka, I took a day trip to Kyoto on the local train which took about 30 minutes from the main Osaka train station.  Kyoto is also famous for its Cherry Blossom and much more besides, particularly the Golden Temple or Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji).  Kyoto is easily walkable but the temple is a bus ride away.  You can take the local bus from Kyoto train station and there are ‘ambassadors’ outside the train station who will help you locate the right bus and tell you how to buy a ticket.  Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple that has two top tiers covered in gold leaf, set in a beautiful, tranquil setting.  It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan and should not be missed.  One could easily fill a day in Kyoto, although a lot of travellers spend a couple of days there.

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I also took a day trip to Nara from Osaka on the train.  For me it was much easier to base myself in one place and take the train on day-trips, rather than lugging my bags from city to city.  Nara is famous for its tame deer that wander through the streets.  The Nara park area where they wander is a very short walk from the train station and easily located.  Nara was the ancient capital of Japan.  There is a shinto shrine which dates back to 768 AD.

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When my planned time in Osaka came to an end, I took the bullet train to Fukuoka, as I wanted to visit someone who lived there.  Not many people travel to Fukuoka apparently, but there are some beautiful temples a short walk from the train station, and I found lots of Cherry Blossom.  Often known as Fukuoka-Hakata, Fukuoka is the castle town and Hakata is the ‘merchant’s quarter’, separated by the Naka river.  The train station has 2 exits so make sure you exit from the correct one to get to your destination, otherwise you will be lost for hours as I was!.  One tip is don’t be afraid to take taxis if you get lost.  People in Japan are extremely helpful, but will often give you directions that are incorrect because they don’t want to lose face if they don’t know where your destination is.  Taxis are easy to hail and quite inexpensive.  In my experience they were also quite safe.


 

 

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Fukuoka Castle has a Cherry Blossom Festival.  It is a unique city in that it is one of the few cities in the world where you can actually walk to the airport, although it takes about 30 minutes with luggage.  There is also a port, which is ‘walkable’ from the train station, and is an easy train journey to Hiroshima.  Hiroshima was easily my favourite place – apart from the historical context it is also known as the Venice of the East.  There are 6 rivers that run through it.

From Fukuoka, I did indeed take the (wrong) bullet train to Hiroshima.  If you go to the tourist office, they will give you maps and information, and direct you to the free bus that can take you around the city, hop-on/hop-off, which is only free with your Japan Rail Pass.  I only spent one day here, but next time I will dedicate a couple of days as there is so much to see.  Hiroshima should need no introduction, but I know there are several countries that don’t teach Second World War history anymore, so I encourage you to Google the importance of Hiroshima.  As with all my blogs, my job is to inspire, not to tell all.  I will say that Hiroshima as a city is very forgiving and it has moved on from the past, whilst ensuring respect is paid to the past.  The Peace Memorial aims to achieve this, which is just one example.

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There was plenty of Cherry Blossom in Hiroshima.  Why is Cherry Blossom season so important to the Japanese people?  As well as being very beautiful, it was very important in ancient times because it announced the rice-planting season, moreover Cherry Blossom is very short-lived and is a ‘metaphor for life’ – meaning something beautiful can be tragically cut short, as in life.  ‘Hanami’ – Cherry Blossom viewing, where people have picnics under and around the trees is an ancient tradition in Japan.  It is very popular, therefore, so do book as far in advance as you can, if you plan to chase the Cherry Blossom – but be aware the season is at a slightly different date every year, and differs depending on which part of the country you are visiting.  I got lucky!  Happy Chasing the Cherry Blossom – but be aware that Japan offers so much more.

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Photoblog – Faroe Islands

As mentioned in my previous Faroe Islands blog, I took so many beautiful photos (great subject matter), that I have decided to publish a short photoblog.  Hope this inspires you to travel to the Faroes.

I stayed on the island of Streymoy, at Torshavn – here are a couple of snaps of this tiny capital city:

 

 

In front of the marina shown here, there is a straight road which takes you to the football stadium – about a 15 minutes walk from here – you can walk alongside the local park, or walk up through the park, and this will take you to the National Art Gallery, which is directly opposite the stadium.  Some very unique art work after enjoying the sumptuous green grass of the park:

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I particularly liked the second painting, which is a painting of guillemots on a ledge.  Really beautiful.

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One tour took me to Varga, on of the 18 islands of the Faroe Islands (and where the airport is located).  As you can see I was not dressed appropriately for the weather, but I survived!  My suitcase had been lost by the airline for a period of time, so I only had my travelling clothes.

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Varga

Replacing man-made rooves with grass/turf is a tradition that is being revived – both for eco reasons, and because a grass roof provides really good insulation:

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Another island that I visited was Eysturoy Island – where the highest mountain is located – more than 800 metres.  It is close to the village of Gjogv, and near here is where very good lobster can be found which apparently is supplied to President Putin of Russia.  The Faroe Islands signed a fishing agreement with the Soviet Union in the 1970s, and supplies salmon also.  The Faroes have always been a fishing/sea-faring nation, so regardless of politics, they continue to supply seafood.  There is a beautiful, little church here which also pays homage to the sea-faring tradition, with a boat image.  Happy travels!

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Leaving Eysturoy

 

Faroe Islands

Take my hand, I’m a stranger in paradise – The Faroe Islands and what a paradise.  I have long wanted to visit the Faroes, however, from the UK it is very expensive.  The longer it took me to travel there, the more expensive it would have become.  So, I managed to get a reasonable deal for 3 nights through a local travel agency.  This included a flight from London Heathrow to the Faroes via Copenhagen, and a return itinerary via Edinburgh, 3 nights at a 3 star hotel (Hotel Streym) and transfers to/from the hotel.  I booked through Regent Holidays, based in Bristol, in the UK.  My experience booking through them was very good – they were very efficient and helpful.  They also offered a very reasonable price in comparison to other agencies.  However, now I have become a little bit orientated to the Faroes, I would probably travel independently next time as it would be less expensive.

The Faroe Islands were occupied by British troops in April 1940, in order to thwart a German invasion (Operation Valentine). The Nazis entered Denmark on 9th April and by all accounts, the British troops were made very welcome in the Faroes, where they stayed until May 1945.  They are in a very strategic position in the North Atlantic Ocean. It was the British that built the runway which is still used today, and approved a Faroese flag.  Although the Faroe Islands today are part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the country became fully autonomous from Denmark in 1946, and are not part of the European Union (so duty free goods can be purchased).

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There are 18 islands, north-west of Scotland and located between Norway and Iceland. The average summer temperature is 15 degrees but the overall annual temperature is 7 degrees. There are 66 churches and only 25 priests so the keeper of the church is often delegated to give sermons. Predominantly Lutheran, church attendance has declined over the years, similar to other countries. There are not enough women for all the men so sometimes the men resort to mail order brides. But gaining citizenship is very difficult. The Faroes are famous for puffins. But stuffed puffin is a local delicacy. It’s very scenic and picturesque, and has a dramatic coastline. 

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One morning I took a relaxing stroll through the local park, to the National Art gallery. Some very unique art work here, although art was not established here until around 1930 as a serious medium. I stayed in Torshavn on the island of Streymoy, one of the smallest capital cities in the world, with a population of just 14,000 people. There are 75,000 sheep in the Faroes, which double in the spring. Yes you guessed correctly – Faroe means sheep -the sheep islands! I have never seen such green grass.  I finished off the morning with lunch in a cute café near the marina.  There are several restaurants, pubs and cafes in this area to choose from.

I spent a lovely afternoon visiting Gjogv on Eysturoy Island, accessed by the underwater tunnel. Allegedly where the first Norsemen settled. 200 to 300 people used to live here, but due to no work only 27 live here now. However, the houses are kept as summer houses. Including one that is kept for the Danish president, who is married to a Faroese lady. In 1991, the country went bankrupt and had to be bailed out by Denmark. Too many loans by the banks. The Faroes are between 55 and 65 million years old, and were once attached to mainland Europe and Greenland. The origin of the land is volcanic but there is no volcanic activity today. However, it’s the basis for the unique landscape including volcanic rock and numerous waterfalls running down the rocks. The Norsemen arrived in the 9th/10th century but there is evidence of settlements before this time. Not much is known before the 14th century. The Faroes have always been sea-faring nation. Note the wistful expressions of the mother and her 2 children in the sculpture. They are gazing out to sea looking for the husband / father who was never going to return home. 40 children were left fatherless when the men drowned at sea. There are over 300 mountains on the islands, which the largest, at over 800 metres located on Eysturoy Island.  

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I highly recommend you take note of the weather conditions, which can change frequently during the day.  You definitely need robust, water-proof boots and wet-weather clothes and as it can be very cold, pack layers of clothing.  Apparently, the best time of the year for ‘decent’ weather is July and August.  I travelled in June and had sun, fog, rain and wind and then sun again in one day.  It depends on which island you are on and whereabouts on the island you are.  The only predictable thing about the weather is that it is unpredictable.  I would also recommend you check before you travel, which tours and islands should be on your itinerary because the tours do not operate daily.  Then build your international travel itinerary around the days of the week the tours operate, if you have only a short time to stay, as I did.  There is a small tourist office in Torshavn where you can book tours, if you have not decided before you travel.  I used this office a couple of time and it is located near the marina, opposite the local supermarket.  The staff are friendly and extremely helpful.

The promotional material for the Faroes says ‘Unspoiled.  Unexplored.  Unbelievable’.  I totally agree with this and would add ‘Unique’.  Possibly, one of the last unspoiled paradises left on earth?  You decide……………

I took so many beautiful photos, that I will have a separate photo-blog published very soon.

© All Rights Reserved.  Jacqueline La Cumber.  2019

San Francisco – Muir Woods

If you go down to the woods today, make sure it is Muir Woods National Monument, established in 1908, if you are San Francisco way!  The best way to access this amazing canyon, full of redwood trees, is by hiring a car – from downtown San Francisco, just follow the signs and go over the famous Golden Gate Bridge north [approximately 12 miles], then follow the signs to Muir Woods.  It is critical, though, that you pre-book parking space – it’s a very popular place for visitors and you will be sent to the ‘top of the road’, to access the appropriate website if you do not pre-book.  The top of the road is the nearest point currently for internet access.  We were lucky that we only had to wait 30 minutes to obtain a parking spot via the internet booking.

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Alternatively, you could book a tour via www.getyourguide.com,  [which I have used before for other tours worldwide], www.viator.com or just do an internet search.  The problem with these tours, though, is that you will not get as long to explore the woods, as compared to hiring a car.  I was very fortunate to be with a party who could hire a car, and we were able to spend as much time as we wanted exploring 3 nature hiking trails and admiring the magnificent scenery.  Sometimes, tour companies ask you to combine the Muir Woods trip with another sightseeing tour, so it does not leave much time to really explore the woods.  I would not say that the trails are particularly difficult, but those who do not have a ‘head for heights’, or need support in walking, might find it a bit more difficult.  There is a shuttle bus from Sausalito, but you would need to research that in advance.

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Muir Woods form part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and was established by William and Elizabeth Kent, Gifford Pinchot and the USA President of the day Theodore Roosevelt.  Thus, the woods were protected as a national monument.  Roosevelt was a huge supporter of the preservation of significant natural features of the country, and signed into law, The Antiquities Act of 1906.  A president with foresight, who designated 18 national monuments during office.  We won’t discuss Donald Trump here, thank-you!

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The redwood trees here can grow up to 300+ feet high and are the tallest trees on earth – their roots are very shallow though.  I first heard of the redwood trees, many years ago, made famous by the Woody Guthrie song ‘This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land’ …’from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream Waters…’.  This is one of the USA’s most famous folk songs.  Woody Guthrie felt the land belonged to the people, not corporations, and allegedly wrote the song as anathema to ‘God Bless America’!   Guthrie’s song was originally called ‘God blessed America for me’.

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Many visitors to San Francisco, understandably, generally head straight for the cable car experience, the Crooked Street, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Cruise, if there is limited time for sightseeing.  However, if there is time, I would highly recommend a visit to Muir Woods, if only just to get a sense of what a small place we all occupy on this planet, and to appreciate the foresight of Roosevelt. 

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise [courtesy of ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’, and yes you can take a picnic).  There are rest-rooms, a cafeteria and a shop.  Happy hiking!

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© All Rights Reserved, Jacqueline La Cumber, 2018

 

 

 

San Francisco – City Lights Bookstore

 

I have long been a fan of Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac;  in particular his imaginative, and interesting, traveller novels including ‘On the Road’, and ‘Lonesome Traveller – books that propelled me through some dark hours many years ago, inspiring my own travels.  It was, in part, because of his books that I was encouraged to take a Greyhound bus across America [with one of my cousins] – not quite ‘On the Road’, but as a close as a I could get at the time – travelling from San Francisco, via Los Angeles, Flagstaff, St. Louis and Washington D.C., to New York in 1977.  It was a magical time.

I was thrilled, therefore, to be back in San Francisco in August 2018 , where, with the luck of the help of friends, was able to visit the City Lights Bookstore – one of the most famous bookstores/publishers in the world [but probably not that well known outside of North America]. 

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The Beat Generation [including Kerouac, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Burroughs] were all controversial in their own way, but these authors had a huge literary cultural influence over 1950s America and shores beyond.  Many years after reading the majority of Kerouac’s books, I found myself wandering around Tangier, Morocco, which was a major hub for the authors and poets to retreat from the Western World.  Tangier has ‘cleaned up’ big time as compared to the 1950s/1960s where ‘anything went’, and the local police turned a ‘blind eye’ so long as no-one got hurt.  If you are passing through Morocco, Tangier is a quiet, and tranquil, city to pass a few days, and soak up the atmosphere that was clearly so appealing.  More information on Morocco, including Tangier, can be found in another one of my travel blogs from 2016 [writing under the pen-name of Julie Rhodes]:  http://julietravelstheknownworld.blogspot.com/p/morocco.html

Ferlinghetti was one of the founders of City Lights, and it has a huge array of books on sale, over 3 floors.  Be prepared to be amazed and a little emotional if the Beat literature has a close proximity to your heart!  Although it has a huge selection of thoughtful, and insightful books, separate from the Beat literature. 

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Whoever knew that Patti Smith, of The Smiths [band] was a friend of Ginsberg, and it was through this store that I bought, and read, her magical new book ‘Devotion’, which is partly a travel tale. 

City Lights is located at 261 Columbus Avenue, in downtown San Francisco, and if you are a fan, the Beat Generation Museum is located just across the street.  At the time of writing it cost 8 US dollars to see the museum.  The bookstore is open from 10am until midnight.  Happy reading!

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© Jacqueline La Cumber, 2018, All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

As mentioned in a previous blog [Eastern beaches – Bondi to Bronte], I lived in Australia in the 1980s.  Since I was working full-time, it was difficult to get ‘out and about’ the way I would have liked.  I was living in the Eastern Suburbs and never ventured across to North Sydney.  I did the traditional cruise on the harbour and viewed this famous bridge from the harbour and Circular Quay.  One can certainly understand why this bridge is affectionately called ‘The Coathanger’.  There are plenty of websites ‘out there’ that can give the facts, but this is my personal experience.

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So, I really enjoyed rediscovering Sydney on a recent trip in April 2018.  This included venturing over the harbour by train from the Eastern Suburbs to the north, using the North Shore train line.  Sydney has a very accessible train system with unique triple-decker trains.  There is a magnificent view of the harbour as the train goes over the bridge.

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Taking the train from Bondi Junction, to Milsons Point via Town Hall is very easy.  Milsons Point train station was built in Art Deco style.  The original station had to be moved from its proximity on the edge of the harbour in 1932 to its current location, via a temporary station in 1924, to make space for the bridge to be built. 

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The suburb of Milsons Point is one of the smallest Sydney suburbs, and was named after James Milson, an English ‘free settler’ [1783-1872] who leased the land in the early 1820s.  Two well-known buildings for locals are the Kirribilli Hotel [Art Deco style], and the Kirribilli Club.  The hotel is just across the way from the train station.  I was lucky enough to have lunch at the Club with some old friends, gaining an amazing view of the harbour, from the restaurant on the first floor.

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If you take a left out of Milsons Point train station once you come down the escalator from the platform, then take a right-hand turn outside the station, you can walk down to the harbour.  This provides very different views of the bridge, unlike the views from Circular Quay.  Just before you get down to the harbour, if you take a right-turn, you can gain an ‘up-front and personal’ alternate view, to the left.  These views make for fantastic photographs.  You can almost see all, or at least imagine, the 6,000,000 rivets that were used to fashion the bridge, which opened in 1932. 

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Some would say that bridge has a similar place in history to the Statue of Liberty, in New York, USA.  That is, once the emigrants saw the bridge, they knew they had ‘made it’.  All very emotional – happy hiking – as pedestrians can walk along it, and even climb it.   It is the largest steel arch bridge in the world but not the longest.  However, its place in history is sealed forever!

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Eastern beaches – Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, Sydney, Australia

As an alternative to swim, surf and dive activities, take a one hour walk along Sydney’s urban eastern beaches from the world-famous Bondi Beach, to the lesser known [but equally fabulous] Bronte Beach via Tamarama.  I lived in Sydney, Australia, for over 2 years in the 1980s but never got around to taking this incredible walk.  I eventually did it in April 2018, when the weather can be cool early morning, and in the evening, but very hot during the day.  Best to be prepared, and wear sunscreen, take a hat and water [of course], but at each beach stop, there are public toilets, changing areas [if you want to brave the water] and places to eat and get a drink.

A suggested start to your walk, is to begin from North Bondi, along the beach, or the promenade, and take a slight detour to the Bondi Art Gallery. 

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Then follow the promenade to South Bondi, and up the steps past the Bondi Icebergs Club – so named for the brave swimmers who take to the water in the winter!  The club has an open-air pool, as do most of the beaches in Sydney.  Visit https://icebergs.com.au/members/ for more information on how visitors can access the club.

Some will remember Bondi Beach as the venue for the 2000 Olympics beach volleyball competition.  But, it is actually one of the most famous beaches in the world.  Some contend that the name Bondi originates from the Aboriginal word for ‘water breaking over the rocks’, and there is much evidence of this origin as you continue your walk.  However, not all historians agree with this.  Formal European settlement can be traced back to 1809.  It looked a ‘bit tired’ back in the 80s but has had several ‘revamps’, and it is currently looking quite splendid!

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As you continue your walk you will eventually come to Tamarama Beach.  When I visited there were only a few people braving the beach, so the sand was beautiful, and pristine.  It’s a very sheltered beach, because it is surrounded by high cliffs.  Apparently, Tama is popular with the ‘glamour’ folk although it was near deserted when I was there.  According to a Lonely Planet article, the ‘rips’ here are extremely dangerous but it is a patrolled beach.  The waves are so huge, therefore it’s definitely an attraction for surfers.

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Continue the coastal walk around Tamarama and pick up the trail to Bronte Beach.  A smaller beach, but very popular with families, with a number of cafes and restaurants in close proximity.  There is a bus service from Bronte back to Bondi, if you don’t feel like walking back.  The whole walk took only one hour, and is probably considered a ‘medium’ walk, as some parts are quite steep.  But don’t quote me on this as I am not an expert!  Happy walking……….and you can continue to Maroubra and Coogee if you wish!

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Grand Canyon, USA.

One of the most amazing experiences of my life was taking a helicopter tour across part of the Grand Canyon, USA.  There are many tours and companies to choose from, but myself and my buddies used a company called Sundance Helicopters – not the cheapest at USD500, but certainly it was worth every penny, in my estimation.  I was staying at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, and the price included a limo pick-up and drop-off.  Only the second time I had travelled in a limousine.

Bags are not allowed on the helicopter, but there are lockers at the helicopter centre, where you can store your baggage.  Be prepared to take ID with you, such as a passport, and also be prepared to be weighed at the counter [like a piece of baggage].  Of course, weight and balance, are important ingredients of a safe flight. 

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The flight took 45 minutes, and then we were ‘dropped down’ for 30 minutes to take photographs, and, have a champagne breakfast.  This included a bagel with cream cheese, fruit, a bottle of water, and of course champagne!  It then took another 45 minutes to fly back to base, via the Las Vegas strip.  The pilot was amazing and made sure we were all strapped into the helicopter safely, and provided both an in-person, and an automated commentary, on the experience.

There were 7 guests in the helicopter, and we took turns in sitting at the front – my party sat in the front with the pilot on the outbound journey, and then in the back for the return.  It was a very comfortable ride both out and back.

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An official photographer took a photograph of each party, before boarding the helicopter, but there is no ‘hard-sell’ to buy the photographs afterwards.

Some interesting facts – courtesy of: https://wheninyourstate.com/arizona/10-coolest-facts-grand-canyon/

As you descend into the Grand Canyon, your surroundings can change rapidly. There are around 70 mammal species, 47 reptile species, 250 species of birds, and over 1,750 plant species. Temperatures have been recorded from -10° to 110° Fahrenheit in various locations of the canyon. IMG_20180607_191028_594_resizedNow that’s variety!

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and is intersected by the Colorado River, and its tributaries, attaining a depth of one mile high.  It has allegedly developed over 70 million years, and it is considered to be a holy site by the Pueblo Native Americans, apparently the first peoples to have settled here.  Although the canyon as we see it today probably dates back about 6 million years, when the dinosaurs were long gone.  It is actually located in the state of Arizona, and many consider the Grand Canyon to be one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.  It isn’t the largest, nor deepest, canyon in the world – that honour goes to The Yarlong Tsangpo Canyon in Tibet – perhaps that should be next on my bucket list!

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Happy canyoning………until next time!

© Jacqueline La Cumber, 2018, All Rights Reserved

 

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