Photos of the Day: Mongols

The unforgettable Trans-Siberian journey! This is just a little introduction to the travel story about the trip which started in Russia, took us through Mongolia and finished all the way in Beijing.

Train ride across Siberia, a week in Gobi Desert and climb to the Great Wall of China are just some of the highlights of this amazing trip. We loved every second of it and if you are enjoying traveling by train, this adventure should be on the top of your bucket list.

Top things to do in Sydney!

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If you are planning a trip to this amazing Australian city here are a few things you should put on your “to do” list!

Bondi to Coogee walk

Bondi Beach

It was a beautiful hot day at the famous Bondi Beach. Here we started Bondi to Coogee coastal walk – 6km of stunning views, cliffs, beaches and parks. It is definitely one of the must do things in Sydney

On the way to Coogee

Ferry ride to Watsons Bay and Cockatoo Island

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Watsons Bay

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You can take a ferry from Sydney CBD and get to Watsons Bay in less than half an hour. This place is famous for its fish and chips and as you can see it’s a great spot to enjoy the sunset… There are also a few walking trails with beautiful views so put your walking shoes on and go exploring.

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Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the middle of Sydney Harbour. This place is a perfect spot for a day trip or you can extend your stay and spend a night in the camp. The island is a historic site open for public in 2007. In the past it was a convict gaol, industrial site and a shipbuilding yard. You can take an audio tour or explore the place on your own.

The Rocks food market

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My favourite part of Sydney is definitely the harbourside quarter The Rocks. If you want to do some shopping in cobblestone lanes, see an exhibition, taste great food or have a craft beer in one of the pubs this is the place to go. Markets are on from Friday to Sunday

Walk across the Harbour Bridge 

After your visit to The Rocks you should definitely go to the Harbour Bridge and walk across to the other side. There is a pedestrian footpath and you will get some of the best views of the Opera House for free. If you want to get even higher, for a fee you can climb to the pylon lookout.

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Sail around Sydney Harobour

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For a bit different view of the harbour hop on the beautiful old tall ship and get closer to the Sydney’s famous sites. We went on an afternoon cruise on our last day in the city and it was a perfect ending of our trip to Sydney!

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New Caledonia: Isle of Pines

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Let me share with you the highlight of our trip around New Caledonia.

It’s a bit cold down here on the south of New Zealand at the moment so thinking about the Isle of Pines makes me feel a lot warmer. Oh, what a beautiful place!

You can get to the island by catamaran or by plane. We took a plane from Noumea and got there in less than 30 minutes. It was a short but nice flight across the lagoon, window seat is what you want.

If you want to go with the catamaran remember to book your ticket as soon as possible.

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Here are top things to do on the Isle of Pines.

Enjoy beautiful weather and be lazy at the white sand beach

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Kuto Beach

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Rent a scooter for a day

A perfect way to stroll around the island is on a scooter. We rented it for a day and it was enough to do a few rounds around the island.

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Taste fresh food

As soon as cruise ships arrive food stalls are at the Kuto Beach. From fresh juices to traditional dishes – this is where you can choose to taste something delicious.

Snails are specialty.

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Walk to the natural pool

The natural swimming pool is an enclosed lagoon located in Oro Bay on the northeast side of the island. Take your snorkeling gear with you.

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Wake up with this view

For us camping is the best way to experience beautiful mornings. There’s nothing better than waking up just a few steps from the sea…

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Trip to New Caledonia won’t be complete if you don’t visit at least one of the islands so make sure to include them in your travel plans. It will make your trip a bit more expensive but it’s definitely worth the money…

What’s your favourite place?

Spring.

It’s been almost a year and a half since we moved to the far south and I have definitely found my favourite place here.

I really enjoyed capturing how this beautiful Invercargill’s park changes with the seasons.

Queens Park is 81ha of stunning gardens in the city centre. You need a few hours to explore it and still everytime I go there for a walk I find something I didn’t see before.

Tree lined walkaways, bush paths, winter garden, bird aviary with colourful parrots, Japanese garden, museum and a cafe will keep you here for hours.

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Summer.

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Autumn.

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Winter.

 

New Caledonia: Things to do in Bourail

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After a few days in Noumea we rented a car and headed up north. The plan is to drive along west coast to the northernmost point and then down the east coast back to Noumea.

Renting a car in New Caledonia is easy and the price is around $60 a day. Remember, they drive on the right side of the road.

The difference between renting a car in New Zealand and here is in insurance. You can’t get full insurance in New Caledonia, there is always an excess fee you have to pay in case of accident. Another thing to note are kilometres which are limited for every vehicle. For unlimited km you’ll have to pay more.

What also surprised me is internet data. There is internet coverage almost everywhere on the island but there’s no pre-paid sim cards with available data. You can buy a sim card but you can use it only for calling and sending texts. If you want to use data you have to take a monthly plan.

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Being without internet made this trip different. We are all used to using GPS, booking accommodation while on the road and checking out some of the spots to visit while we are driving around. This time we had the map and that’s it. I loved it! Let’s turn right here, let’s go left there without knowing what to expect, awesome! Camping sites are well signed so it wasn’t hard to find a place for a tent.

Our first stop was Bourail, about two hours north from Noumea.

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Here are some tips on what to do while you are here:

If you like long white sand beaches (Poe is 17km long sand beach), hiking, horse riding and wandering through nature reserve you will enjoy this place. Some parts here look like deserts and we did feel some of the highest temperatures here, it was around 40 degrees.

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Poe Beach

One of the most popular sights is Deva Domain, which is among the most ancient archaeological sites in New Caledonia.

For those who like to indulge in some of the great activities this domain has 80km of mountain biking tracks, 25km of walking paths and 12km of horse riding trails.

We climbed a hill to check out the view of so called ‘Sharks Fault’. As you can see a deep blue line makes a notch in the lagoon. This former river bed forms into canyon, a place for strong currents and many different species.

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You can take a walk around the resort located at the domain.

One more site worth a visit is Turtles Bay protected site and second best place in the Pacific for turtles to lay their eggs.

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A taste of travel

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Something sweet is always on the menu!

Is there anything better than traveling and tasting the food along the way in different countries? Hmmm, I don’t think there is!

I don’t know about you but I always remember the food I tried somewhere, I would even try and make it on my own when I return home.

Tasting local food and drinks of a destination makes the travel experience complete, especially for a foodie like me.

You have to agree, food and travel is a perfect match!

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Baklava in Sarajevo

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Belgium waffles in Bruges.

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Caramelized nuts in Sweden.

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Fluffy doughnut in New Zealand.

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Cinnamon bun in Gothenburg.

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Fresh local fruit in New Caledonia.

Bon appetit!