Category Archives: Australia

Darwin, Australia: Insects for dinner, and beer-can boats

You might have seen it in the news. President Obama wants to dispatch 2,500 U.S. troops to Australia to shore up our military presence in the region. Whether you agree or not is beside the point, since Planet Lippstone is … Continue reading

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No greater high than climbing a glacier in New Zealand …

… unless it’s going on a spaceship somewhere. Haven’t done that yet, but wouldn’t mind … Even though this particular adventure was more than 20 years ago, it ranks right up there in terms of physical achievement. At least for … Continue reading

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RTW: Melbourne, Australia: A little drop of French wine country

I’ve lived in Melbourne, and it’s your average city. Has a metro area of 4 million, with lots of ethnic neighborhoods, great food, and fairly decent public transportation. Four definite seasons, but winter’s not so bad. I was there the … Continue reading

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Hobart, Tasmania: For all you Curb Your Enthusiasm fans

Couldn’t help but think of Larry David ordering the Fish Frenzy on Curb Your Enthusiasm, when I saw this in Hobart: Ya know what, Lar, ya smartypants — as Susie Essman’s character might say — except she wouldn’t put it … Continue reading

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Geeveston, Tasmania: Naturally high

An approach to a bridge …That extends high above this river: Shades of Alaska; but the part of Alaska I’ve seen — the area around Ketchikan — didn’t have a giant eucalyptus forest. This is the Tahune AirWalk, about an … Continue reading

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Huonville, Tasmania: Apple, Inc.

Nothing like a crisp fall day in Huonville, known for its great Tasmanian apples. With a friendly “fall guy”– one of the proprietors at a local apple museum. He happens to be from the Philadelphia area; married a Tassie girl. … Continue reading

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Port Arthur, Tasmania: No escape

It’s like a scene from a horror movie: Wide shot of lush grounds and picture- postcard bay, and then pan onto prison ruins and the ghosts of Australia’s convict past. Students of Australian history know the country got its official … Continue reading

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