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Y is for… Yeomen Warders


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aDSC08687 A Yeoman Warder guiding a group of tourists around the Tower

The Yeomen Warders, also known as Beefeaters, are the ceremonial guards at the Tower of London.  They normally wear a uniform of dark blue with red trimmings (as in the photo above), but when the Queen visits, or when the warders are on duty at a state occasion, they wear red and gold uniforms similar to those of the Yeomen of the Guard.

All warders are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must be former senior non-commissioned officers with at least 22 years of service.  The warders and their families live in tied accommodation inside the fortress paying council taxes and a portion of their salaries for rent. For an insight into life in the Tower, check out Londonersby Craig Taylor, a fascinating book that looks at the lives of a wide range of “normal” Londoners.  If you want to meet one yourself, just join up with one…

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Picturesque Bathurst


Bathurst, Australia!

THE BUDGET WANDERERS

Bathurst railway station Bathurst railway station

When we speak of Bathurst, the first thing that comes to mind is Bathurst 1000, a popular motor race annually held every October in the city. This regional city located between Sydney Metropolitan Area and Central Western Slopes and Plains in New South Wales became identical with motor-sport due to a car race car event. However, this city is more than just a motor-sport town. With cars off the circuit, the town is a quiet, modest, beautiful town of history and architecture.

A view of the farm plains in Bathurst. A view of the farm plains in Bathurst.

Street view of Bathurst Street view of Bathurst

When we visited this town as part of a train tour, it captivated us with the number of unique and old architectural buildings that dotted the city town proper. It feels like being in another age and time when the early British settlers arrived in Australia. The only difference…

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The Tintin Shop ~ for the child in all of us.


this has got to go on my bucket list!

London Unveiled

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Located near Covent Garden, on a less touristy side street is one of my favourite shops in London – The Tintin Shop.  For those who grew up reading the exploits of Tintin a step inside this shop will bring back wonderful memories and rekindle the excitement that came from reading one of Tintin’s adventures for the first time.  For those new to the world of Tintin, then, regardless of age, you have a great place to begin your journey into the young reporter’s exploits.

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The Author:  The Belgian, Georges Remi (Herge), was born in 1907 and died in 1983, one year before the shop opened.  He was a master storyteller who incorporated the latest gadgets, cars and political plotlines into his stories.  He was also an excellent comic book artist and a creator of some wonderful characters.  His 24 Tintin books have been published in 70 languages and have sold…

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One Fine Day in Rome


How would you spend 36 hours in a city?

francois et moi

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36 hours to be exact. Talk about getting a crash course in all things Roman! Originally, this city wasn’t in our travel plans, but when it just so happened that our train from Zermatt to Salerno was passing through Rome, we decided we ought to stop off in Italy’s capital city for a look around. Our train arrived into Rome late on Saturday night, we got a good night’s sleep and then hit the cobblestone streets bright and early to take advantage of our beautiful day. As I mentioned yesterday, we began the day perusing the Villa Borghese Gardens, and then hopped on the bus to St. Peter’s Square. The bus system really kind of rocks and gets you where you need to go in Rome, as the Metro is limited in it’s number/location of stops. From St. Peter’s, we slowly worked our way back on foot to our hotel’s neighborhood on…

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Skydiving at 14,000 feet over Byron Bay, Australia


What a great way to view the area, some lovely ‘action’ shots!

Travels of Shell

Never in my life did I ever imagine myself to do a skydive. It’s always been one of those things that I always wished I would have the courage to do, but sort of just accepted that it wasn’t ever going to happen. I’m absolutely terrified of heights, for a start. So the thought of jumping 14,000 out of a plane was an insane idea to me. And one that would always be just that, an idea. However, when I arrived in Australia that idea soon began to grow into something more. After meeting so many people in Cairns who had done the Skydive somewhere along the east coast and talked about how absolutely incredible it was despite how terrified of heights they were, a seed was planted. It wasn’t long before I took the plunge and booked my skydive!

The first attempt to skydive was a disaster. The dates got…

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