I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came acro ...by dcampSaturday, 14 December 2013
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). ...by dcampFriday, 13 December 2013
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu. Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) ...by dcampSaturday, 20 July 2013
When the travel bug first hit me I wrote down all of the places I wanted to visit in a 150 destination Global Bucket List. Who would have ever thought that this wouldn't end up being enough? You can find the list by reading my blog: A Tale of 2 Buck ...by dcampMonday, 14 October 2013
My obsession with traveling around the world came from two primary sources – both books. The first was Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern and the second was A Vagabond Journey Around the World by Harry Franck. Both of these books made it abu ...by dcampMonday, 15 July 2013
On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my tra ...by neytiri12345Wednesday, 02 October 2013
Yes, I've been meaning to write a followup to my earlier blog post "Sunsets" – but, you know how things always get in the way... been busy travelling, you see... A personal goal of mine has been to see a sunrise on as many continents as possible, an ...by foamfollowerThursday, 25 July 2013
Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanct ...by dcampTuesday, 02 July 2013
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I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came across a book that would change my life forever – A Vagabond Journey around the World.
Written in 1904 by Henry Franke it chronicled a lone American’s journey around the world – into foreign, exotic lands – on an adventure of a lifetime. Needless to say, from the first word I was hooked.
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). This is actaully one of 2 bucket lists that I've created in my life. This one includes a list of the most amazing global destinations you could ever hope to put down on paper. If you're curious about the second list then read my blog: A Tale of 2 Bucket Lists.
The plan is to check off the places I've visited as I write about my experiences. If there's a check in the box and the destination is highlighted in BLUE, read my blog and then check out my PlanetHop! Passport where I've collected all of my destination stamps and photos.
When the travel bug first hit me I wrote down all of the places I wanted to visit in a 150 destination Global Bucket List. Who would have ever thought that this wouldn't end up being enough? You can find the list by reading my blog: A Tale of 2 Bucket Lists.
Well, after spending years on the road and checking more than a few destinations off my global list, I've entered a new stage of life. One in which I find myself focused more on exploring my home country or more accurately - countries - the US (where I was born) and Australia (which has been my home for the past 15 years). This list includes the most amazing destinations from the 2 lands that - to me - jointly represent home.
On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my travels to Asia and Australia, I came across lots of unique and strange fruits that left a very strong impression upon me. In the UK, at one time the most exotic fruit on the produce shelves was the mango! Nowadays, if you visit any Chinatown, you're bound to come across tasty treats like lychees, jack fruit, dragon fruit, star fruits and the like. But there are some other fruits that are not easily found on local super market shelves, which I remember vividly from my trips...
I came across the noni fruit in India. Sometimes it's called the Indian mulberry or cheese fruit or even dog dumpling (that's a ghastly image!). I didn't eat it for its taste, mind you – it's bitter and pugent. It's a bit strange looking and usually squeezed into a juice, which is supposed to be medically beneficial. They claim it treats a whole host of irregularities, like urinary tract infections to menstrual cramps – like cranberry juice; but some also claim that it stimulates the immune system and helps with diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, etc., etc. I can't testify to any of these claims; but it did cleanse my pallet, though I'm not sure I would seek it out a second time.
Life is a funny thing. After years wandering the world, exploring its wonders, I’ve now entered a new stage of my life – one that many other life-long travellers have no doubt gone through before me. I’ve gone from being an intrepid wanderer, who is always up for the next great adventure, to a Homebound PlanetHopper!, who now placed the wants and needs of a young family above everything else in life. Talk about evolution of the species!
But even though I might not be jaunting off to foreign lands - at least for the moment - it doesn't mean that I'm just sitting around the house! There are more than enough adventures waiting for the entire family just a short trip from home – namely on the Mornington Peninsula. This little slice of heaven is located about an hour south of Melbourne (Australia) and has been featured in one of my previous blogs (Walking with Wallabies).
Today's adventure revolved around something that all kids love – Fairy Tales! Specifically, it takes us on a journey to the top of Arthur's Seat – a 305 meter high "mountain" that overlooks the Mornington Peninsula to the Enchanted Maze Garden. Named for another "Arthur's Seat" (in Edinburgh, Scotland), as a place from which the legendary king of Britain sat to survey his kingdom. No doubt he used the Australian version while on summer holiday "Down Under" as it provides unequaled views in all directions, as you can see below.
History can be a funny thing. Based upon where you come from, it’s also very relative. For me, having grown up in the United States, something 300 years old seems very old. Well, when you hit Europe you’ll need to recalibrate your “old” meter if you hope to stay sane. This is exactly what I had to do as I walked through the portals of London’s historic Tower of London on the second day of my Wanderjahr around-the-world.
The first thing I noticed was the thickness of the stone walls. Even though the tower was nearly a thousand years old (having first been constructed by William the Conquer in 1066) it remains imposing to say the least. As a prison, it's played host to a long list of famous inmates that include Anne Boleyn (the 2nd of Henry VIII six wives), Sir Thomas Becket and even Queen Elizabeth I herself. If there was ever a place that symbolises the expression “if the walls could talk”, this would be it.