Adelaide Australia Restaurants and Hotel

Adelaide Restaurants Adelaide Australia is more of a restaurant city than we found in Alice Springs. It has four primary restaurant districts, one on each side of the city, and supposedly, has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country. We tried a few of them: Chianti, a very popular, [Read more …]

Adelaide Australia

Adelaide festival plaza 02

We took a plane from Alice Springs to Adelaide Australia for our next stop. Adelaide is a city of about 1.2 million people. Colonel William Light, a British Army engineer, recruited a number of settlers to his vision of a new, utopian city that he founded and designed just before he died. His vision, however, [Read more …]

Alice Springs Australia

Alice Spring police station

Alice Springs Australia, in the Northern Territory, was our next stop. Although it is the only metropolis in the region, is not much of an architectural showplace or a cultural hub. “Downtown” generally consists of large, typically one-to-three-story buildings (individual stores like Kmart and Target, shopping malls, government buildings, motels and office complexes) surrounded by [Read more …]

Australia’s Kings Canyon National Park


From Ayer’s Rock, we drove about 3 hours through the desolate outback to Kings Canon National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. In a region characterized primarily by rolling hills of red (iron-oxide-based) sand and sandstone, low grasslands and bushes, Kings Canyon provides a dramatic break from the routine. The deep canyon, flanked by steep, shear, [Read more …]

Australia’s Northern Territory: Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta

Ayers Rock 02

Although we are spending the vast majority of our two months in Australia within about 50 miles of the coast (primarily northeast and southeast), we made one venture into the nation’s vast hinterland. In our case, into Australia’s Northern Territory, an area that covers almost one-third of the continent (more than half a million square [Read more …]

Lizard Island Australia


Our day snorkeling trip to the outer part of the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas was great, but we came to Australia’s Barrier Reef primarily to revisit one of the most memorial places and magical places we have ever visited: Lizard Island. To get there, we had to take a small plane from Cairns. [Read more …]

Port Douglas and the Australian Tropics


Continuing our journey in the Great Barrier Reef region, from Cairns, we next went to Port Douglas Australia. We took the easy, 50-mile drive up the magnificent Cook Highway, along which you are surrounded by palm-lined, white sand beaches on one side and an impenetrable, mountainous tropical rainforest on the other. The town was founded [Read more …]

Cairns and North Queensland Australia


We have been to Australian several times in the past. Although we have visited the largest cities, toured several wine regions and scuba/snorkeled the great barrier reef on previous trips, this time we set aside two-months to visit–including about three weeks and New Year’s Eve in Sydney. And on this trip, we plan to get [Read more …]

We Came for the Wine and Left with an Experience

Salmon Bake at IPNC

International Pinot Noir Celebration or IPNC. It’s the wine that first gets your attention and lures you in. And why not? 70 Pinot Noir producers from all over the world, descending on McMinnville Oregon, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. What pinot noir lover could resist that call? We had heard about it [Read more …]

Premier Napa Valley Release Week Tastings: 2020

Premier Napa Valley (PNV) is Napa valley’s primary showcase for futures auction of barrels of its most recent vintage wines. The event attracts wine professionals, and those from the wine trade and media from around the world. It also attracts us. It gives us a chance to taste and report on vintages that we will [Read more …]