Category Travel

I have a new blog

I have a new blog! This Travelling Life will be a companion site to This Melbourne Life (sadly neglected for many months now), where I’ll post stories and photographs from my travels – starting next week. Over the next seven weeks I’ll be visiting Fiji, Paris, Iceland, Spain and Portugal. Check out This Travelling Life to […]

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Ganesh Utsav

Today was another rainy day in Savusavu. Robyn and I were killing time sheltering in the marina cafe when we heard drums beating and people cheering. We raced to our rooms to grab cameras and umbrellas and went out on to the street to see what was happening. Our grey day had become a mass […]

Fiji’s hidden paradise

I’m writing this post from Savusavu located on the south coast of Vanua Levu, the large island north of mainland Fiji. It took almost three days to sail from Vuda Marina on the west coast of the mainland to Savusavu. The first night we anchored near Malake Island on the north coast of the mainland. […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Monochromatic

I recently came across this scene in Savusavu, Fiji. There was so little difference between the colour of the water and the hazy sky that it was difficult to see the horizon. I played around a little with the photo in Lightroom to produce this image for last week’s theme of Monochromatic.

Bula from Fiji

This Melbourne Life will be coming to you from Fiji over the next few weeks. I’m over here to participate in the Fiji Sailing Regatta with good friends Robyn and Roger on their boat Phantom Mist and to spend time sailing around the beautiful Fijian islands. This was the 32nd year of the Regatta, a […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beneath Your Feet

For this week’s theme of Beneath Your Feet I’ve selected a photo from my recent trip to Shanghai. I took this shot from the balcony of the Jing’an Temple. I wanted to capture the beautiful patterned paving stones of the courtyard beneath and waited for the couple to enter the frame to give the image an additional element […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Off-season

Last year I took four months off work to do some serious travelling. I was in Europe for much of the time – mostly Turkey, Italy, Spain and France – with the final three weeks spent sailing around French Polynesia. This trip changed my life in so many ways. It was the reason I started […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – On the Way

On the Way to the train in Hong Kong I walked through this subway. I was so taken by the vibrant colours and the artists’ quotes that I took a few shots. This one is my favourite.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Broken

For this week’s theme of Broken I’ve decided to feature a photo I took in Hong Kong of some workmen on a roof. For me, men in hard hats, whether they’re on a building site or the street, seem to be fixing something (even though they’re often constructing something new). In this case it isn’t clear what […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Enveloped

Since returning from my recent visit to Shanghai I’ve been asked many times about the smog. How bad was it? Was the sky ever blue? Did it affect me or my plans in any way? Yes, most days were smoggy, some worse than others. But the smog certainly didn’t impinge on my plans or my […]