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12 February 2007
Lodsworth, United Kingdom

Wow .... made it back home in one piece and couldnt wait ! Mumbai was getting a little more than hectic and the thought of the lovely english countryside was always on our minds. The flight was great, good old BA ! ten h..
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As you may have noticed from our absence we have decided to get out of the daily grind, to explore some of the world. We have key destinations as described below, but the rest of our travels are open to change!

During our journey we will be visiting the following places:
Phoenix, Arizona
Fiji
New Zealand
Australia
Thailand

From Thailand we hope to travel onwards through the following countries:

Laos
Cambodia
Vietnam
China

Japan (not enough money !)
Tibet (not enough warm clothing !!)
Possibly Nepal (not enough time !!!)

India

These might change depending on our finances, weather, exhaustion, etc but we will keep you posted of our progress as we hope to update our site every couple of weeks with more pictures and journal entries (you will get an email when there is an update).

We hope you are all doing well. Please continue to email as we enjoy hearing about all that is happening while we are away.
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Latest Journal Entries

Lodsworth - England
12 February 2007
Lodsworth, United Kingdom

Wow .... made it back home in one piece and couldnt wait ! Mumbai was getting a little more than hectic and the thought of the lovely english countrys...more

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Back to Mumbai
09 February 2007
Bombay Colaba, India

So .... on the way home ! and back to Mumbai for the last couple of nights. We are taking the train at 8:00 pm tonight and it should arrive at 6:30 am...more

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Patnem - Goa - India
26 January 2007
Patnem, India

Heading down to the beach again, this time it is Goa. We are leaving on the bus at 7:30pm and should arrive sometime the next morning. This time it is...more
this is the lovely beach at Agonda just down the road from us. It is uncrowded and peaceful unlike some of the others !!the local school at Agondaon the road from Agonda to Palolemlovely rice fields near Palolem
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Mumbai - India
23 January 2007
bombay, India

Travelling today on the train to Mumbai, start at 4:30pm and arrive the next morning at 8:30 am.

Have arrived safely, train was very good, clea...more
cricket anyone ... everyday you can find many people playing at the oval maidan , the high court is in the backgroundthis is Rajabai clock tower modelled on Big Ben and built in 1880The 'Taj' opposite the gateway of India and the harbour. Built in 1903 it is one of the major attractions of Mumbai and a big meeting place for both tourist's and locals.and the attached tower which is not so grand !
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Back to Delhi from Agra
22 January 2007
Delhi, India

no pictures ... just to show the travel !...more

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The Taj Mahal - Agra - India
21 January 2007
Agra, India

Today we visited Agra , home of the Taj Mahal and what an amazing sight it is .... pictures do not do it justice but i hope you like these....more
On June 17, 1631 Mumtaz Mahal died, after delivering her fourteenth child 'Gauharar'. Shahjahan stood dazed, unable to comprehend the situation. She had died leaving all her children, mother, and relations to his care. But he had promised her never to remarry and to build the grandest mausoleum over her grave. Her body received a temporary burial in the Zainabadi Garden in Burhanpur and in six months time removed to Agra. Shahjahan had already acquired from Raja Jai Singh a plot of land on the riverside. Here was to be built the Taj Mahal. Work on the tomb started in a frenzy with thousands of artisans and laborers toiling ceaselessly. The first anniversary urs was held in June 1632 amid royal pomp and show, attended by Shahjahan and Jahanara. The Mughal Emperor was a picture of grief.and this is the first view you get as you walk under the gatewayto stand looking at this sight is an amazing feeling ... it is something everyone should experience ..
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Delhi - India
19 January 2007
Delhi, India

Our first flight since Australia to Thailand !! flying with China Eastern (10 hrs).

Arrived Safely .... very boring flight , no small tv screen...more
In the midst of this sea of people, suddenly you come face to face with the ramparts of the Red Fort. The decision for constructing the fort was taken in 1639, when Shahjahan decided to shift his capital to Delhi. Within eight years, Shahjahanabad was completed with the Red Fort-Qila-i-Mubarak (fortunate citadel)-Delhi's seventh fort, ready in all its magnificence to receive the Emperor. Though much has changed now because of large-scale demolitions during the British occupation of the fort, its important structures have survived, the glory faded with age but still impressive
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The Great Wall at Simatai - China
17 January 2007
Miyun, China

We visited Simatai, 110km north-east of Beijing. This part of the Wall is a good choice because it is still in its original state without being over d...more
walking up to the wall from the car park !it was so quite ... not many tourist and such an amazing site
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Beijing - China
12 January 2007
Beijing, China

So many buses .. such little time !
Another 15 hrs ahead of us. It ended up being 16hrs of very cold , freezing fun !...more
Tiananmen SquareMao Zedong Mausoleum Tiananmen Gate and notice the friendly chinese ... NOT spot the tourist ....
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Shanghai - China
08 January 2007
Shanghai, China

Another day ... another bus journey, this time its 16 hrs ... ouch !...more
the 'bund' area of Shanghaidowntown Shanghai ....the 'french concession' , a lovely area that was so european !
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Back into China - Xiamen
04 January 2007
Xiamen, China

loving these buses .... NOT !
this one is meant to be a recliner ... with toilets , look for the update. Well ... it was a sleeper bus but not as c...more
the veiw from Gulangyu , a small island near Xiamenhmmm .. look what the locals like to eat !!
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Hong Kong for New Year
30 December 2006
Hong Kong (historical), Hong Kong

Wow ... what a journey ,
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Hong Kong on a windy new years nighttiffie just before midnightHappy New Year to you all ..... lots of love , Paul and Tiffview from the top of victoria peak of hong kong island
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Nanning - One hell of a trip to China
29 December 2006
Nanning, China

This is the journey to beat them all -

1. taxi from hotel in Hanoi to bus station.

2. bus to Vietnam border (3hrs)

3. golf cart f...more

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Back to Hanoi
28 December 2006
Dong Jon, Viet Nam

back to Hanoi after our visit to Halong Bay ... one night here and then another bus trip to china....more

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Ha Long Bay - Vietnam
26 December 2006
Pho Cat Ba, Viet Nam

Down to Ha Long Bay for boxing day to visit the lovely Cat Ba Island. We hope you all have a fantastic christmas and a very happy new year. Take care ...more
a misty Halong BayThe bay consists of a dense cluster of 1,969 limestone monolithic islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, which rise spectacularly from the ocean. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caveswe did a spot of trekking above the bay ...a rather messy toilet experience on the cave visit !
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Hanoi - Vietnam for Christmas
22 December 2006
Hanoi, Viet Nam

After another massive 14hrs in a train we are in Hanoi. The train was not so bad as we had a soft sleeper but finding our hotel was a real pain. ...more
happy christmas ... Hanoi styleThis small lake between the Old Quarter and the French Quarter is central to Hanoian folklore. A ghostly shrine (the Turtle Pagoda) standing on an islet at its center pays homage to a golden turtle. In the 15th century, this heroic reptile is said to have returned a magic sword to its home in the lake after it had been taken.
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Hoi An by train - Vietnam
17 December 2006
Hoi An, Viet Nam

We are leaving for Hoi An tonight on the train. Have booked a soft sleeper for the 10 hr trip ... but you never know what you get !...more
the lovely look of the town did not match the feel !! way too hectic for our liking , always someone in your face .....the streets were very narrow with a rustic feel
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Nha Trang , diving capital of Vietnam
14 December 2006
Nha Trang, Viet Nam

We did not want to leave Mui Ne but time is running out .... so our next stop is the more up beat city of Nha Trang. We hope to go diving again but on...more
the beach at Nha Trang major temple in city , notice the symbolismOn the northwest side of Nha Trang is Long Son Pagoda, and active Buddhist temple featuring and unusual red brass Buddha on a wooden lotus pedestal. On top of a hill behind the pagoda is the massive 9-m high white Buddha on a lotus throne. the guarded entrance
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Mui Ne .... lovely beach in Vietnam
09 December 2006
Phan Tiet, Viet Nam

yet another bus trip .... this time 4hrs. The small beach at Mui Ne is worth it ... a mecca for windsurfing and Kite surfing due to the constant stron...more
the beach at Mui Neclose to Mui Ne ... a small fishing harbourtiff on a bridge !
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Cu Chi Tunnels - Vietnam
06 December 2006
Saigon, Viet Nam

Cu chi district is well-known nationwide as the base where the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968.The tunnels are betwee...more
this is a secret hide hole .... and here is a scared american tourist .... :o)one of the many nasty traps that were set for the enemy !!a modified enttrance way for visitors ... we went down and crawled alonf for about 15m ... not nice even with lights
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