Rosemarie John

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Canberra Southern Cross Club – Twilight Cruise

by Rosemarie John December 3, 2014

The wind was in my hair, the sun shined brightly and the fluffy clouds moved gracefully in the bright blue sky. I was at the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s jetty just about to board the M.V. Southern Cross for an arvo of cocktails and canapes! If you’re anything like me, a day our on the water puts a smile on […]

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Rohtang Pass – Driving Up Dangerous Roads in India

by Rosemarie John November 24, 2014

As soon as I saw the snow-capped mountains from my hotel room balcony in Manali, we knew we had to be there. At 13,051 feet above sea level, Rohtang Pass is one of 13 high altitude mountain passes in India and we were excited to head up there! It connects Kullu valley to Spiti and Lahaul while the NH-21 highway […]

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The Great Mosque of Xian – Oldest Mosque in China

by Rosemarie John November 2, 2014

I was standing in a sacred location, a place that has served the Muslim community of Xi’an for more than a millennium. I was in China’s oldest and most renowned mosque. Laid out like a traditional Chinese Temple, the Great Mosque of Xian was built in 742 AD during the Tang Dynasty. The Great Mosque was built to honour the […]

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3 Free Things to do in Canberra, Australia

by Rosemarie John October 29, 2014

 Sponsored Post Canberra is the city where the rest of Australia mocks its quietude, but those that reside in it sing its virtues. Despite being the seat of power to one the world’s most developed country, Canberra remains somewhat of an unknown to the tourists interested in trekking down under. Nestled between Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra’s birth was in fact […]

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Liebster Award

by Rosemarie John October 27, 2014

We have been in Canberra for six months now and to have Canberrans’ nominate me for a Liebster Award is just fantastic! I am going to accept it as a welcoming gesture to this beautiful city we call home. My first nomination came from April of Aprillah. When I was very new to Canberra, I had a chance to meet […]

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The Rocks – Sydney’s Cultural Precinct

by Rosemarie John October 21, 2014

It was a bright sunny day in Sydney. A bead of sweat ran down my neck as the heat warmed my skin. I had arrived from Canberra – the cold capital of Australia just 30 minutes ago snuggly wrapped in warm clothes. As I got out of the taxi, I started to remove my cardigan. Silhouetted against the bright sunlight […]

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Floriade NightFest 2014

by Rosemarie John October 8, 2014

So it was the last day of the Floriade Nightfest 2014 and I decided to give it ago. To my surprise, I managed to get tickets just 3 hours before NightFest opened its gates, how lucky was that? I had already seen the beautiful flowers during the day, and decided I should at least see what the Floriade NightFest 2014 was […]

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Face-to-Face with the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an

by Rosemarie John October 5, 2014

Born in 259BC, a 22 year old young ruler from the western state of Qin had enough of the warring states around him. This one man made a decision – a decision that changed the course of history. In his vision he sought to put an end to war mongering quarrels and unite the land. He smote the war mongers […]

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Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Flight

by Rosemarie John October 3, 2014

One hundred years ago on 1 January 1914, four men made the first scheduled commercial airline flight possible: Percival Fansler organised the funding for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line which provided the first scheduled air service across Tampa Bay, Florida. Thomas Benoist’s airboat conducted the first flight, piloted by Tony Jannus. Abram Pheil, then mayor of St. Petersburg, paid $400 […]

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Xi’an – An Ancient City Beckons

by Rosemarie John September 19, 2014

Its history began literally in the Stone Age 3000 years ago and served as the capital of China for several ancient dynasties. A great metropolis that was as important as Rome in its hey days. It was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road – the largest overland trade route linking China to Central Asia and Europe. It has […]

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