Round the world in pictures: Australasia

While we were on our whizz round the world, Nigel published a daily picture on Instagram. For those of you who are not Instagrammers, we’ve reproduced the photos in 4 blog posts. This one covers New Zealand and Tonga. Day 13 and a fabulous first day in New Zealand. This pic is from #muriwaibeach on … More Round the world in pictures: Australasia

Tears in Tonga as we bid a final farewell

There are six bloody pockets in these hilarious zip off hiking trousers. Six. But despite five minutes of frantic wriggling and searching, I couldn’t find a single tissue. The cab driver, probably suspecting I had ants in my pants, now had to endure a couple of loud, theatrical sniffs from his female fare in the … More Tears in Tonga as we bid a final farewell

Amazingly we end up on popular Tongan radio

Our ‘man about town’, Faupula Saone, was showing us his neighbourhood and knowing that Jane worked for BBC radio, was keen to show us the station that he provides news items for. So we were marched into BroadCom 89.5FM and were met by 4 smiling, welcoming faces, including the DJ who was on air as … More Amazingly we end up on popular Tongan radio

Tonga: The unexpected truth in a happy hour

We’d spent a couple of hours alone on a palm-bordered beach. Swimming in the South Pacific. No one in sight. Crystal clear waters. Now, it was pushing five, and we were a bit miffed about the prospect of missing Happy Hour cocktails at the hotel. We’d giddily knocked back two each the night before; then … More Tonga: The unexpected truth in a happy hour

Planning done. Now what’s our top ten?

Now we’ve done all of our research and we know exactly where we are going to be and when, we thought we’d independently list the top 10 things we are looking forward to. It’ll be interesting to compare this to our view when the trip is finished. It’s impossible to rank these, really. There’s going … More Planning done. Now what’s our top ten?

To Tonga…eventually.

Departure boards. They tease you, with their tantalising suggestions……like a hostess whipping the covers off a party feast. Your appetite’s whetted , but some of the delights get whisked away if you wait too long. Thankfully….even when the most delicious options have disappeared…they’re replenished by another dozen destinations. Whether it’s a train station terminus in … More To Tonga…eventually.