Author: Franco

Bulimba Creek

Roy was keen on an early start, largely to investigate supply shops, so we planned to meet at 07:30. What the hell, with the jetlag induced by a 10-hour time change, I’d be awake anyway. We made a major advance

Posted in 2019 Australia

Brisbane Arrival

My Qantas flight from Hong Kong down to Brisbane showed how a business class seat should be done: 1-2-1 seating arrangement, admittedly in a smaller plane, with oceans of space, a dead flat bed and no clambering over legs by

Posted in 2019 Australia

Hong Kong Transit

It’s Saturday so it must be Hong Kong. I miscalculated: the flight was only 11 hours and not 13 as I thought. Hong Kong being 8 hrs ahead, I flew into Saturday and missed the morning. Such are the joys

Posted in 2019 Australia

Sod’s Law Strikes

It seems to be the only law that never gets broken. Some months ago I bit the bullet and did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while; I signed up for a 3-week dragonfly hunting trip in Australia.

Posted in 2019 Australia

Birdsong Revisited

Those who have read Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes will have learned of miners being used in WWI. I certainly knew nothing of this activity until I read that book. The miners’ job was to dig tunnels several metres below ground

Posted in 2019 Germany

The Somme

Our journey back up through France, deftly avoiding a return through Belgium by crossing the Rhine at Saarbrucken, has led us along much of the 1914-18 western front. We moved on from Verdun, which was largely a French and American

Posted in 2019 Germany

More from the Sweet Shop

I must be making up for lost time. Having arrived at Albert, a centre for the bloody and senseless Battle of the Somme, yesterday, we needed supplies. It’s only a 10-minute walk from the camping municipal site to a super-U

Posted in 2019 Germany

Verdun

It’s difficult to come to this neck of the woods without becoming involved in the WWI obscenity that was the battle of Verdun. We are camped a few kilometres south of Verdun but the main military action was centred just

Posted in 2019 Germany

Kids in a Sweet Shop

What a difference a border makes. Our first full day back in France and we needed some shopping so we zoomed about 8kms down the road to a slightly larger town with a supermarché – not one that we’d heard

Posted in 2019 Germany

Die Weinstraβe

This, we hope, will be our last full day in Germany. Tomorrow we head over the border into France. We are on the so-called Weinstraβe, which was established in 1935 as another marketing ploy, this time to boost local wine

Posted in 2019 Germany