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Honolulu USA Pearl Harbor

Of all the places I’ve ever been, few are as inspiring as Pearl Harbor, on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. We all know the story, and we’ve seen the movie, but it is not until one visits the place that the enormity of what happened there really sinks in. What happened in this place changed … Continue reading

Goulburn Australia

Goulburn today is a world renowned fine wool area, symbolised in the city by a three story high concrete castrated sheep, but it also has a secret in it’s grand old buildings and magnificent cathedrals, which look like they were transported stone by stone from Britain. But Goulburn also holds the secrets of the settling … Continue reading

Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok is the political, social and economic centre of not only Thailand, but much of South East Asia and Indochina as well. Bangkok is generally regarded as a truly global city, and is the world’s top tourist destination. It has a unique mixture of cultures – Thai, Chinese, Indian, Buddhist, Muslim and Western – which, … Continue reading

Sydney Australia Circular Quay

Whenever I visit the city of Sydney, the first thing I do is walk from Central station down to Circular Quay, and around the city’s CBD. The area around Circular Quay is my favourite. Sydney was the site of Australia’s first established European settlement, in 1788, when the First Fleet. This consisted of soldiers and … Continue reading

Seattle USA Underground City

Seattle is best known for the Space Needle, which offers breath-taking views of the city. However, beneath the sidewalks and city of Seattle, another world exists – a city which was burnt down, then rebuilt on top of itself. It is the world of the pioneers, the original settlers of Seattle. The subterranean passageways under … Continue reading

Huai’an China A Bad Time

Not all travel adventures are pleasant experiences. On my first trip to China, I met with some young Australians having horrendous experiences. These young people had gone to China, on their first overseas trip, to teach English, and instead, were virtually kept captive by unscrupulous Australian school managers. Caroline was already in Huai’an (pronounced Why-an) … Continue reading

Airlie Beach Queensland Australia

Australia is home to some of the best holiday spots and beaches in the world. Amongst the top spots, few surpass Airlie Beach, in the Whitsunday Islands. I was fortunate enough to live there for three months in the summer of 2002, and enjoyed the warmth of the water, and the warmth of the people. … Continue reading

Java Indonesia Borobudur Temple

My first overseas travel was to Indonesia, in 1977. The most memorable events of the trip was seeing the Borobudur. I was only 16, and it was also the first time I hadn’t travelled with my family, or to visit other family members. I got to travel on my own, with just a group of … Continue reading

Brisbane, Queensland Australia

A few of my fellow travellers and myself were discussing what is Australia’s best city. Without hesitation, I chose Brisbane. I guess what came out of it was that each city and each town means something different to each person. Each city and town has it’s own culture and personality, that suits the personalities of … Continue reading

Hawaii USA Sea Life Park

My most recent trip overseas was to Hawaii. It was there that I got to swim with the dolphins I have had wondrous experiences in all the places I have wandered to, and all have had an impact of some sort on my life. Honolulu was more full of such experiences than anywhere else I … Continue reading

Downtown Burj Dubai and Dubai Mall

Downtown Burj Dubai is a massive real estate development just off Sheikh Zayed Road. It will be home to the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, and the Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest shopping mall. There are also several hotels in the complex. The Giorgio Armani Hotel will occupy the first 37 floors of the … Continue reading

Burj Al Arab In Dubai

The Burj Al Arab is one of the rarest of jewels that can be found in the world. One of the most luxurious hotels in the world, it has earned the name of being the first 7 star hotel; and so far the tallest Hotel in the world. The name Burj Al Arab in Arabic, … Continue reading

Burj Dubai Interior

The interiors of the Burj Dubai would be lavishly designed by Giorgio Armani. The entire 200 plus floors interiors by Armani would make it one of the most posh and luxurious towers on earth. Another jewel within this tower would be the first of its kind “Armani Hotel.” Corporate offices, private apartments and hotel suites … Continue reading

Burj Dubai Exterior

The Burj Dubai’s completion is expected to occur somewhere in late 2008, though the exact details are shrouded in secrecy. When fully completed it will earn the name of being the “tallest man made structure”..as well as the “tallest free standing structure on earth” The construction of this tower takes place throught the whole day … Continue reading

Design and Inspiration for Nakheel Tower in Dubai

The Nakheel Tower, the future world’s tallest skyscraper, will consist of four individual towers. It will feature design elements from Spain’s gardens of Alhambra, Egypt’s harbor of Alexandria, Iran’s Isfahan bridges, and Morocco’s promenade of Tangier, and wil be a “green project”. “Nakheel has sought inspiration not just from Islamic design but also from the … Continue reading

Nakheel Tower and Harbour Dubai

The entire structure of the new Nakheel Tower will cover an area of 270 hectares, house 55,000 people and provide a workplace for 45,000, and have 10,000 car parks. It is also expected to attract millions of tourist every year, which is what Dubai is all about these days. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said that … Continue reading

Nakheel Tower Dubai To Be New World’s Tallest Building

The Burj Dubai, not even completed yet, is about to be dethroned as the world’s tallest building. The Nakheel Tower, also in Dubai, was announced last month, to stand at over one kilometre high. The exact height and number of floors wasn’t announced by Nakheel, the developer that is constructing  the building.  They don’t want … Continue reading

Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa)

The Burj Dubai will be the tallest building in the world when it’s completed, and at 688 metres in September, is already taller than the Taipei 101 Tower (509 m).  It is believed it will be 705-900 m tall, and 160 stories when it is completed , probably by 2009. It is already being called … Continue reading

Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai

The Burj-Al-Arab is the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel anywhere in the world, and the only seven star hotel in existence. It stands in the sea, in the Persian Gulf, on an artificial island, over 900 feet away from the beach. The Burj-Al-Arab is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 meters … Continue reading

Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort

Most of the Bedouin architecture of Dubai has not survived the oil boom in the previously tiny port city.  An exception is the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1800, believed to be Dubai’s oldest building, and now housing the Dubai Museum. In the past the fort was used to defend the town from warlike neighbouring tribes. … Continue reading

Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club

The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is a sporting oasis nestled alongside the hustle and bustle of daily life and the lapping waters of the Dubai Creek. Locally known as The Creek, the clubhouse’s signature sails are set dramatically against the Dubai skyline. Also featured are ornamental lakes, waterfalls, sea water hazards and magnificent … Continue reading

Ibn Battuta Mall Dubai

Ibn Battuta Mall, a Nakheel Project, was conceived to celebrate Dubai’s increasing role as one of the world’s top  shopping  destinations. The Mall combines retail, entertainment, restaurants and family activities all within a uniquely themed environment that is designed to reflect the unique combination of various heritages and cosmopolitan lifestyle that is the very essence … Continue reading

Hatta Rock Pools Dubai

Hatta, an enclave of Dubai nestled in the Hajar Mountains, is a great weekend getaway. The main attractions are its relatively cool, dry climate, the mountain scenery, and the magnificent Hatta rock pools. It’s an amazing experience to swim through the narrow rock corridors of this miniature canyon, roaring year-round with plunging waterfalls. Nestled in … Continue reading

Jumeirah Mosque Dubai

The Jumeirah Mosque is a dominant landmark of Dubai city, a stone structure built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, and a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. While strolling through the Mosque at sunset, the visitor is washed in shadows by this elegant formation. The Fatimid traditional style, combined with modern building materials, ensures the Jumeirah … Continue reading


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