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Good morning, Larnaca

After a 14-hours flight and another three hours one, we finally arrived at Larnaca, Cyprus. After check-in and a quick dinner, we hit the pillows long and hard. Then, jet lag kicked in. However, Sometimes it’s a good thing. We woke up at 5am and decided to have an early morning walk on the beach. So quiet. The city was still sleeping. There were few people swimming in in the sea. Some were walking the dog or jogging alone the seaside. It’s probably the best time of the day to enjoy the city before the heat and heaps of tourists like ourselves wake up. We walked on the beach. The city is waking up. More and more people emerged on the street, jogging, cycling, fishing. “Kalimera!” They greeted each other. The water is crystal clear and calm. We sat down and waited for the sunrise. I admit I haven’t had a chance to watch sunrise in such a beautiful place for years. I had forgotten how beautiful it is. Apart from the time we spent …

China Travel Bucket List

Travel, travel and more travel. That’s all I want in my life at the moment. However, the reality is I can’t really have it all. How disappointing! But I can certainly make a list of places I want to go. Get ready and wait for the opportunity to present itself. If you don’t know, I am originally from China. Although I had my fair share of travelling in China, there are still so many places I haven’t had the chance to visit. Here is my China travel bucket list at the moment. I have travelled to some places, like Shanghai (上海), Beijing (北京), Guangzhou (广州), Hangzhou(杭州),Suzhou (苏州), Si Chuan (四川), Fenghuang, Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) , The Terracotta Army, Xi An, and so on. Therefore, these places won’t be on my list anymore. Potala Palace in Tibet – Tibet has been on my list for as long as I can remember. I still haven’t had the chance to go. It needs a lot of preparation. Although I had done solo travel in China. I am a little bit …

South Island, New Zealand

To me, nothing is better than travel. On the road means a lot to me. It means me time. It means learning. It means some of the best time I shared with my friends or loved ones. Replacing my old laptop gave me an opportunity to reorganise my files. Something I probably should have done long time ago. Among all the files, there are a lot of old photo files. I forgot how much I love looking at my trip photos. Actually I haven’t forgotten. I just haven’t had a lot of time to do it. Excuses, excuses, and more excuses…… We moved from NZ to Australia over 5 years ago. Whenever someone asked me about travelling to NZ, I always recommend south island. It’s truly beautiful in every season. In this post, I just want to share with you a trip I took with some friends to south island in a winter many years ago. Please bear in mind these photos were taken more than 5 years ago. The quality is not as good as these …

Checklist Before You Go See the World

Who doesn’t like travel? Raise your hand please. I am 99% sure pretty much everyone loves to travel to new places, see new things, and try different food. Travel is certainly exciting. However, in order to have a nice and pleasant trip, it takes a lot of preparation and planning. I remember when we went to Fraser Island, I thought I would just pack in the morning since it was just a weekend. It was summer too. I thought it would be easy. Then, we got up the next day morning very early. I packed my things before my first morning coffee. I forgot to take something light to protect myself from the sun. I was doing beach fishing. There was no where to hide from the sun. I ended up with some sunburn. I did put sunblock every two hours. However, the sun was way too strong. Lesson learned! I thought I put a list together for myself and for you. Just a reminder for the ones who love to travel. I will not …

Maleny

Life is not perfect. It will never be. In my opinion, that’s probably the beauty of our lives. Because of that, we will do our best to create numerous perfect moments through our lives to make ourselves and our loved ones happy.  I guess it comes in many versions, a homemade dinner, an event with a favourite football player (one of our friends got that as a birthday gift from his wife.), a yoga retreat, a romantic dinner, an island holiday, a weekend gateway. You name it. We have been very busy lately, home renovation and work. Finally, we decided to take a day off and spend the night at Maleny. It’s a small town not far from Brisbane, about 90km away. I have heard about it. It’s so popular that it felt like everyone has been there at least once. We left in the afternoon on Friday and headed to north. We arrived around 6pm at the B&B we booked. Maleny is much colder than Brisbane because it’s about 450 metres above sea level. …

Travel Bucket List Destinations- Southern Italy

It’s almost the time to plan and organise our trip of the year. We are going to Europe for sure. Apart from visiting my mother in law, we wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see some new places. When we were discussing our destinations, southern Italy came up many times. We both have been thinking about to travel in southern Italy for a while. Somehow, that part of the country is more appealing to us. Maybe we watched too many TV shows about southern Italy. Maybe it’s the culture. Maybe it’s the food! However, as usual, there is so much to see and so little time we have. Part of the trip organisation is to screen out the places we cannot go and concentrate to places we want to go the most. Making a bucket list for the destinations would serve the purpose. Here is mine! Sicily  Visiting southern Italy would be incomplete if we leave Sicily out of the plan. It’s the largest island in Italy.  Its rich history is fascinating enough. All the historic sites …

Launceston & Sheffield, Tasmania

This is the last post of our trip to Tasmania. I know I am taking my sweet time to write these travel posts. Please forgive me for that. I really love doing it slowly. It’s like I relive the trip and the good time I spent with my mother. 🙂 Bay of Fire After a good rest at Bicheno, we left the beautiful town in the early morning and headed to Bay of Fire. (If you haven’t seen my post of Bicheno, you can check it here). It was about 90 minutes drive from Bicheno. Similar to Bicheno, it has orange-covered granite boulders. It’s one of the most popular conservation reserves in Australia with miles and miles of beautiful white sand beach. Unfortunately, we only had time for a quick look. My photos don’t justify the beauty of the place at all. I wish I could have better photo taking skills. Launceston Launceston was our last stop of the trip. When we arrived in the afternoon, it was raining heavily. After checked in and unpacked our …

Love at first sight, Bicheno, Tasmania

We had a stopover in Bicheno, and I fell in love right away with this place. We arrived in the holiday house we booked in the afternoon. Wild rabbits jumped away to avoid my car. There was a pond and a lot of green area in front of our room, duck mother was taking a stroll with her little ducks. 🙂 Bicheno is a little town on the east coast of Tasmania, about 182km from Hobart. If you leave from Hobart, there are plenty to see on the way, Wineglass Bay, Berry Farm, Marine Farm, and so on. We didn’t go to Wineglass Bay because it requires a lot of hiking. We stopped at Coles Bay to have a quick look and enjoyed fresh seafood lunch at the Freycinet Marine Farm. Bicheno is really tiny. Its township was established in 1866. According to Wikipedia, it’s only about 151.1 km2 with population of 853. However, it has amazing wildlife, little/fairy penguins, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and more. It also has some best diving spots in Australia. After settled in, we took the …