travel with parent

Our dear friend Liza works for an aged care advocacy organisation in Brisbane. A  part of Liza’s job is to manage the production of an Over 55’s monthly magazine called “Now That’s Living”. A few months ago Liza asked me to write a piece about Dave and I traveling to…

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Finally, China 2012. Its a wrap

I have to admit to being a non-finisher. There, I’ve said it. Though this will not surprise those who know me well. I’m one of those people who has a brilliant idea, gets all excited about starting the ball rolling, then wishes someone would just come along and finish it…

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Saving the best till last

So this is what brought us to China. Looks surreal doesn’t it? All that long time ago when Dave sent an email to my work with a picture of the Great Wall of China, I immediately wrote back and said “Let’s go to China”. He came back with a yes,…

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Jing, our very beautiful and smart Intrepid leader told us that the Chinese word “jing” means capital, or important – as in Beijing being the modern day southern capital, and Shangjing being the ancient northern capital. Other ancient capitals were the western capital Xijing and Dongjing, the eastern capital. So…

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Xian. Big clay statues.

Of course the main event in Xian is a visit to see the Terracotta Warriors. And we were suitably awe-struck! What an incredible place, and fascinating to ponder the history here. It’s really hard to believe that in 1974 a bunch of farmers were trying to dig a well in…

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This was a highly anticipated part of our China adventure for Dave & Sam. When I first floated the concept to Dave about traveling to China, he said OK, as long as we could include a visit to the 3 Gorges Dam. Well, I had no idea of any dams…

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The Yangtze cruise included a side trip to Fengdu, known by the Chinese as the “Ghost City”. Modeled after Chinese Hell in the Taoist mythology and built over 1800 years ago, the place is now an island since the completion of the 3 Gorges Dam. We had to walk over…

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I really love train travel, and in China it was just as exciting and interesting as anywhere in the world. You really get to see the countryside without the frills. We all safely clambered aboard the Bullet train in Chengdu to make our way to Chongqing for our 3 day…

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Chengdu. Lost downtown

The cooking class at the backpackers’ was way over on the other side of Chengdu city from our hotel and not far from the “Jinli Ancient Street“.  Dave & I were keen to visit, and yes it is in fact an ancient street, dating back to the Qin Dynasty 221BC…

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Chengdu. Buddhists and Faux Fish.

Sometimes it is just all about the eating, and there we were in the food capital of the region. With one cooking class under our belt in Yangshuo we thought we’d have another chop at a class being offered at a backpackers hostel in Chengdu.  The mild mannered Chef Dave….

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