The Alternative Voyage

my road less traveled

musings from a road less traveled

Adventures and misadventures traveling the globe

Australia's Garden of Eden

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With the boat out of the water for a few weeks while the final maintenance and checks were made, Nathalie and I grabbed the chance to hire a car and head south from the Gold Coast for a few days. The hinterland of the far north coast of NSW beckoned. It's a part of the country that has it's own unique character and that's just the people! Mention N...
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Tasmania - By North and West

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It's hard to believe that we have been in Tassie just 8 days and yet have covered over 2,000kms. And that's just in the north and west, we haven't got down towards Hobart and the east coast yet. We arrived on the 2nd January into Launceston. It's on the Tamar River in the states north. Arriving right in the middle of the Australian summer holiday p...
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So Long Europe, It's Been Nice

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After more time than I ever anticipated living here, it's time to say good bye to Europe. Au revoir France, adiós España, arrivederci Italia, ​ adeus Portugal and hello again Australia. It's been far too long and I can't wait to come home. I hope it's not the case of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence once I get home to Oz thoug...
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Un Petit Mariage Français (A Little French Wedding)

Getting married, French style
After proposing to Nathalie when we visited Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, we were married yesterday half a world away in Luc sur Mer, France. So it's now official that I am the luckiest man in the world to be married to such a beautiful, charming and loving woman. We have shared so many adventures together already that would fill a normal lifetime. I ...
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Room With A View (or Death Of A Dictator)

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Nathalie and I have been visiting Estoril near Lisbon three or four times a year for the past few years. We get out and about walking or riding everywhere. I thought we'd discovered pretty much everything in our general area when yesterday riding past the old clifftop fort, we thought we'd poke our noses in and have a look. It's only abou...
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Paradise - The South Coast Of New South Wales

Paradise - The South Coast Of New South Wales
The south coast of New South wales has to be one of my favourite places to visit, anywhere, full stop. I have been coming here since I was a small boy and when I had kids, we had the most wonderful family holidays here too. So when we were still in Normandy planning our trip to Australia, the NSW south coast was one place I was especially keen to s...
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Sydney Was Wonderful, Simple As That

Sydney Was Wonderful, Simple As That
Nathalie and I flew into Sydney from Paris before we headed south to Melbourne to catch up with my family. I'd organised a house swap with a Sydney couple who in turn stayed in our home in Normandy. Well, we fell on our feet, that's an understatement. The apartment was on Mosman Point, just across Sydney Harbour from the Opera House and Harbour Bri...
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Albanian Road Trip

Albanian Road Trip
I've been to Albania twice now and I suspect, twice is enough. This time, Nathalie and I were in the car and heading north from Greece, following the coastal road. Leaving Patras in the northern Peloponnese ​, we took our time to take it all in. The drive is incredibly scenic in places and we found a beautiful, isolated spot to camp by the sea, jus...
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Our Tour de France Adventure

Our Tour de France Adventure
Well we had a day that we can tell our grand children about. It started off with me wanting desperately to drive the 70km ​ from our home to Utah Beach to watch the finish of Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour de France. After all, it's not every day the TDF passes through your neighborhood. Nathalie wasn't so keen but off we went.  The event is so big ...
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Jersey - A Little Piece Of England Off France

Jersey - A Little Piece Of England Off France
For some reason, I have been to Jersey three times. Sure it's a nice place with it's own unique charm but still not quite sure why the multiple visits. The classic is the last time we went, Nathalie was sure we'd only visited twice but I was adamant this the third trip. My passport said three times.  Anyway, what can I tell you about...
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Lanzarote - Is This For Real?

Lanzarote - Is This For Real?
How do you describe a place on Earth, in the middle of the Atlantic, where spotting a tree is a big event? Welcome to Lanzarote, what I imagine the moon might have looked like to Neil Armstrong. A hot. desolate, mountainous wasteland fringed by warm sea and beautiful beaches. Somewhere they actually manage to cultivate grape vines an...
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Jonathan Ross The Big Lap - Sailing Around Australia
22 June 2020
Good luck with that Len. How long are you looking to take? What sort of boat? It's an epic trip for ...
Guest - Len Easther The Big Lap - Sailing Around Australia
22 June 2020
i am looking at sailing around australia beginng at my home port , Port Vincent South Australia
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26 November 2018
j adore !!!! Superbe couple , Charme , elegance et Alegria !!tudo bonito !!! Beijinhos !! Brice

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