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Eating Out in Canberra

by Rosemarie John January 27, 2015

It has been nine months since we moved to Canberra and we think it is time to share our eating out in Canberra post! I hardly ever take my camera to a restaurant or cafe, so this is going to be an Instagram food post of where we had some delicious food over the last months. There is still so […]

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Celebrate Australia Day 2015 in Newcastle

by Rosemarie John January 19, 2015

Australia’s second oldest city, Newcastle, will be hosting its Australia Day 2015 Festival from 8am until 8pm! The day starts with an early morning annual Australia Day Harbour Swim, followed by the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and a full day of entertainment and events along Newcastle’s iconic foreshore. Activities include: live entertainment; circus workshops; face painting; roving bands; a Multicultural […]

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The Ruins of Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Photos

by Joseph Ellis January 12, 2015

Three magnificent bell shaped stupas in white and grey stood firm under the blistering heat of the unforgiving Ayutthya weather. We walked around them, up their steep stairs and through their narrow passageways. They have stood the test of time even after it was destroyed and looted by Burmese conquerors in 1767. Wat Phra Si Sanphet now in ruins, was […]

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Asklepieion – An Ancient Healing Centre in Pergamon, Turkey

by Rosemarie John January 6, 2015

Walking down the sacred way that was paved with marble block and flanked by columns both broken and whole, we were entering Asklepieion, an ancient healing centre in a city once known as Pergamon to the Romans and now the Turkish city of Bergama. Named after the healing God Asclepius and existed as early as 4th century B.C., Asklepieion was […]

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Eating Paella in Bangkok

by Rosemarie John December 16, 2014

Have you ever gone somewhere to do something and end up doing something else? We sure did. We took the Metro down to Chatuchak Weekend Market for some shopping, but after some 45 minutes of walking through the maze like alleys ways of the market in extreme humidity, we lost all yearning to shop. As we stumbled out of a […]

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10 Fun Things to do in Xian – China

by Rosemarie John December 9, 2014

1. Huaqing Hot Springs Visit the Huaqing Hot Springs which was the grounds for the infamous love affair between Emperor Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei during the Tang Dynasty era.

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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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Stuff I Want – Our New Online Shop

by Joseph Ellis November 18, 2014

Travel and Beyond is excited to announce its first online shop called Stuff I Want. The dream behind this venture is to bring joy to any soul seeking to paint the canvas of their life with a dash of colour and style. And most of you who have known us through our musings on this blog would discover that the […]

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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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