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In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below             - In Flanders Field (John McCrae) The red poppy, one of the few flowers that continued to grow in the war-ravaged Western Front, emerged soon after The Great War to help remember ....Continue Reading >>
In the deep south of Tasmania (and Dover is Australia's most southerly town with a population of 1,000 or more), mother nature dominates. Cool temperature rainforests dominate inland while unspoiled azure blue seas lap the coastline.Meantime seagulls rest on the rickety character-filled old wharf that bears witness to Dover's dynamic fishing industry. Farming of salmon, trout, mussels and oysters ....Continue Reading >>
I needed a break from blogging and there is no better time than Australian spring to give the energy pep needed to get back to publishing Travel Wonders.Below are a handful of beautiful springtime blooms photographed recently in Sydney's magnificent cool climate Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where rhododendrons, waratahs (the NSW state flower) and a broad variety of other flowers are celebrating spring's ....Continue Reading >>
The Sydney Harbour Bridge paints the water in rainbow colours as part of the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney. Celebrating light and art with sculptures and giant projections onto major buildings, Vivid greets winter with after-hours dazzling illuminated displays. ....Continue Reading >>
On Australia Day (celebrated on January 26 denoting the arrival of the First Fleet and European settlement), it seems appropriate to re-open Travel Wonders with a photo of the most easterly point of the mainland.Perched on a rocky headland with a precipitious cliff, Cape Byron lighthouse is a renown walking area for people keen to walk to Australia's ultimately eastern point and for those staying ....Continue Reading >>
Compliments of the season to all my readers and best wishes for a travel-rich and inspiring 2014. Travel Wonders takes a couple of weeks off at this time of year so please return in mid January 2014 for more stories about the Travel Wonders of the World.Meanwhile, enjoy the lights on Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral which tells the Christmas story in a rich video technicolour along with fun tales ....Continue Reading >>
While the centrepiece of the Australian Navy centenary were naval vessels from around the world (see a photojournal of the naval ships), the grace of a flotilla of wooden tall ships reminded everyone of the golden age of sea travel. While wooden ships sailed from as far afield as Canada and the Netherlands, popular locally are the Endeavour, a replica ship to that sailed by Captain Cook on his ....Continue Reading >>
One hundred years ago in early October, Australia's first seven Navy ships triumphantly entered Sydney Harbour marking a significant stride in Australia's youthful history. With a sense of foreboding, within a year, these vessels were shipping young men to savage war fronts in Europe.To celebrate the centenary, seven Australian naval ships led by HMAS Sydney entered a glittering Sydney Harbour ....Continue Reading >>
In my home country of Australia, spring has arrived greeted by an outbreak of new growth and colourful flowers. Though trickier to find in the wild now, the spectacular New South Wales state floral emblem of the waratah is a welcome, iridescence red flower. ....Continue Reading >>
Written in shorthand Latin (after all writing material were expensive in those days) on vellum, the Magna Carta (Great Charter) is one of the world's most important legal documents influencing the constitutions of many countries (including Australia, Canada and USA). Initially issued in 1215 by King John, this version is from 1297 (under King Edward 1) and is one of only 17 existing copies of this ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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