Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The first Japanese PoW

Hajime Toyoshima at his graduation
When visiting the the Patakijiyali Museum at Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island you will learn the fascinating story of Hajime Toyoshima, the pilot of a Zero fighter that crashed on neighbouring Melville Island., 80 kms north of Darwin.

On the 20th February 1942, a group of Tiwi men were waiting to receive their rations at the Bathurst island Mission Station Father McGrath advised them to take to the bush with their families for the time being as a Japanese invasion appeared to be imminent

Eight Tiwi men left the mission station at sundown and headed east for their camp only to find it deserted The leader Matthias Ulungura was scouting around in the bush when he came upon the Japanese pilot

Matthias stalked the Japanese pilot who was armed with a revolver and a knife. Matthias recalls i take revolver from his right side near his knee. Then I walk backwards pointing my gun I say 'Stick em up right up two hands no more holding hands on head and at the same time made signs to indicate what he meant by 'stick 'em up".

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Istanbul: A Grand Bazaar

 French Poet, author and politician Alphonse Lamartine said, “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”

When Lamartine first laid eyes on Istanbul, it was love at first sight as the ‘city of contrasts’ captured both his heart and imagination.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

China's Egg-Laying Mountain

 Tourism chiefs in China are trying to attract visitors by claiming that a mountain lays eggs.

Mountain egg - allegedly /Quirky China News

Officials at Gulu village, Guizhou province, claim a cliff of Gandeng Mountain has laid more than 100 eggs, reports Guizhou Metropolis News.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Driving in Italy, Tuscany and Umbria

 With the vast majority of tourists flying into Italy's famous capital city, Rome, the need to drive north to revel in the artistic splendour of Tuscany, and the hilly opulence that greets you in Umbria, makes a journey by any road out of Rome an integral part of any trip to Italy.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

A Road Trip in Sicily

 With each Italian town possessing its own unique character and customs, the best way to experience the variety that this great country has to offer is by car.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Exploring London’s South Bank

 Often referred to as the cultural heart of England’s great capital city, The South Bank of the Thames is buzzing with theatres, galleries, museums, stylish bars, restaurants, and hotels, as well, of course, as the famous London eye.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Europe by Train: Five Ways to See Europe for Less

Travelling in Europe can be expensive, so here are five simple ways to save before even setting foot on the continent.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

A Tour in the Southern Districts. GUNDAGAI. 1878



THE Royal Alfred Bridge connects North with South Gundagai. In 1852 the river Murrumbidgee flooded the flats, and swept away the town of Gundagai, then situated on it, causing a known loss of 93 lives. To secure the traffic of the Great Southern Road from interruption by such recurrences the present bridge and high-level approaches were erected and finished about eight years ago. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

A Tour in the Southern Districts YASS TO BOWNING in 1878

from Australian Town and Country Journal
Sat 9 Feb 1878

BEFORE leaving Yass I paid a visit to Cliftonwood, the residence of J. B. Sharpe, Esq., situated on the
banks of the river on the north side of the town.

A Tour in the Southern Districts BINALONG TO GUNDAGAI in 1878

from Australian Town and Country Journal
Sat 16 Feb 1878

THE day after I arrived at Binalong, some races were held on a course about a mile and a half from the township, and although the prizes were small and everything of the most primitive description, a fair attendance of the residents of the surrounding district was present to witness the day's sport, and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, everything passing off most pleasantly.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Events in The Islands of Tahiti 2024

The Islands of Tahiti are set to host a series of exceptional events in 2024, promising a dynamic blend of culture, sports, and adventure. From challenging trail races to world-class surfing competitions and vibrant cultural festivals, this year's events will showcase the diverse allure of the beautiful Tahitian islands. Depending on when you plan your trip to the Tahitian Islands you’ll be able to time it perfectly with one of these exhilarating and fun events. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

The Most Romantic Holiday Destinations

For a whirlwind of love visit The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti are undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations on Earth, so enjoying a romantic Valentine's Day at the Tahitian Islands is sure to create lasting and loving memories. Whether you opt for a romantic champagne cruise, savour the sunset while gliding on a stand-up paddleboard, or enjoy a delightful meal on the heart-shaped Tupai Island, this location truly stands as the ultimate romantic destination for your next Valentine's Day. Accessible exclusively via a scenic helicopter ride with Tahiti Nui Helicopters, it promises an unforgettable experience.

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