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Sydney in winter. I had great weather for my quick trip back - miss it already!

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Another shot from my quick 'long weekend' trip to Sydney. Bondi Beach in winter. Note that there are still swimmers in the pool in the middle of July!!

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(The swimmers are either hardcore locals, or pommies) :)
Winter is FREEZING!!!
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I've had a fantastic time this weekend at the Galway International Arts Festival. You know what they say, it's not over till the fat lady sings. Well, do these count?

It was a really special spectacle to see these three 'divas' rolling through the streets of the city, singing opera as they went. With their dresses all lit up, they had such presence. The crowd loved it!

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I've spent a lot of today seeing the galleries around town for the Galway International Arts Festival. There was so much impressive stuff - but have you ever had that experience where one piece stays with you?

For me it was this painting by artist Varvara Shavrova. I don't know what it is but there's something about it that I just love.

I would love to buy some art one day and this is the kind of thing I can imagine having. I just need to get a home to put it in first! :)

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What a fun first night at the Galway International Arts Festival here in Ireland.

Look at this cool Big Top venue for the major concerts of the festival. Last night I got in to see Kodaline - a great Irish band that the crowd went wild for!

There's such a variety of things to see and do at the festival. I'm hoping to catch some more galleries this morning and maybe some street performances in the afternoon.

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A small church at the Hill of Tara in Ireland - not far from Dublin.

There have been religious monuments on this site for thousand of years and you can walk over the mounds built by these ancient people. But even today, with places like this church, there is clearly still a spiritual significance of this spot in the countryside.

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I say this in the nicest possible way - Adelaide always makes me think of a big country town. It's so quiet compared to some of Australia's other state capitals and it feels like it is right in the middle of the bush.

This photo is a perfect example. It's just a short walk from the centre of the business district but makes me feel like I'm alone in the country. The smell of gumtrees and the sunny winter day make a beautiful combination!

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Gosh, I do miss this city. Look at the glorious weather this afternoon... in the middle of winter!!

It's been a very quick trip back to Sydney for me - just a few days. But even that is enough to remind me of all the wonderful things about my home.

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Up early this morning to explore Galway without the crowds - and with some lovely sunshine. Galway is such a pretty Irish city and feels so much smaller than it actually is. I think that's because all of the main places are close together in the centre. The river is a real highlight for scenic shots!

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While there are lots of ticketed events here at the Galway International Arts Festival, there's also plenty of free entertainment on the streets.

I found a circus show this afternoon called 'Man on the Moon'. Great fun and the kids in the audience were loving it. Sometimes I wish I could switch my mind to 'kid mode' and see shows like this with that youthful imagination and innocence we tend to lose as we grow up.

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I've arrived in Galway for the Galway International Arts Festival and what a fun few days it will be.

I have comedy, a concert and a play all locked in - plus I'll be exploring all the free things happening around this cool Irish city.

First up, though, I checked out this art exhibition by Australian Patricia Piccinini. I love her work and this is a pretty iconic piece. What do you think of it?

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Inside the State Apartments of Dublin Castle in Ireland.

This building is one of the most important in the country and hosts state events, including the presidential inauguration. For centuries it was the seat of colonial British rule.

This room is known as the Round Room and it's where the viceroy and his family had their supper.

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had the pleasure of visiting this a few times
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The old church and chapel are stunning and have so many little details inside to see. The views from the terraces and the pathways are beautiful as well. It is definitely worth a visit and better to walk up and down if you can to appreciate all the elements and perspectives. It's a pity that the town at the bottom of the hill is so touristy but it is easily avoided.
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St Michael’s Cave is a true natural wonder and is definitely worth the visit. The main hall of the cave is enormous and has actually been converted into an auditorium for performances with a capacity of about 400 people. From this section, there are stairs and pathways which allow you to explore other parts of the cave complex. It clearly stretches much further than you can visit and there is even a theory that it connects to a tunnel that you can use to reach Morocco. Although it only takes 20 minutes or so to walk through the cave complex you could spend much longer to look at all the different sections in detail. A light display continually changes the colours in the main hall area. Entrance to St Michael’s Cave is included in the ticket required to get into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.
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It’s hard to imagine when you look at it from the outside but the Rock of Gibraltar actually has more than 50 kilometres of tunnels inside of it. Most of these were created during the Second World War using hand tools. In the early stages of the war, the British were worried that Germany would attack this strategic territory and the plan was to accommodate tens of thousands of troops in the tunnels in preparation. Although this never came to pass, the tunnels were used for other purposes like a hospital. You can’t see the majority of the tunnels but you are able to take a guided tour for about an hour and see some of the highlights. It’s quite an incredible sight to see where people lived deep in the rocks for months on end. There is an extra £8 charge for admission but it is definitely worth it.
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A wonderful reserve and something a little different from the flat plains of Africa. So few people are in the reserve that you'll probably see nobody else when you're driving in the vehicle. The Big Five are all here and there is plenty of wildlife. A stay at the Bongani Mountain Lodge is also fantastic with lovely rooms and wonderful service.
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Two centuries before the British built the WWII tunnels as a defence of Gibraltar, they built a much smaller networks of tunnels which are now known as the ‘Great Siege Tunnels’. The Great Siege lasted from 1779 to 1783 as French and Spanish troops blockaded Gibraltar in an attempt to claim it for themselves. The tunnels were built into the rock so that holes could be made in the cliffs to mount guns. In the end, it was a decisive element in the victory for the British. The Great Siege Tunnels are much more polished for tourists than the WWII Tunnels, which are still quite raw. The experience here is simple and can be done without a guide. The length of the main tunnels has small exhibitions and displays explaining the history and different features. Entrance to the Great Siege Tunnels is included in the ticket required to get into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.
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This large brick construction on the lower part of the rock was built in 1333AD (over the top of an older castle) by the Moors who controlled much of the Iberian Peninsular at this point in history. It formed part of the defences that these Arab conquerors had constructed to protect themselves from the attacks of Western European forces. The best preserved section is the Tower of Homage which you can go inside and climb to the top of. It has great views across the city.Entrance to the Moorish Castle is included in the ticket required to get into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.
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The Museum of Ethnology is a little way out of the main parts of Hanoi and you’ll probably need to organise a taxi or some other transportation to get there. Although it has a good reputation and is well organised, all the information can be a little overwhelming. It is essentially a museum about the different ethnic groups in Vietnam but it can be hard to take it all in. It is much better to visit if you know which areas of the country you are planning (or have) visited, so it makes a bit more sense. The main building has lots of displays and information while the outside areas has reconstructions of traditional buildings used by the various ethnic groups.
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