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"You are about to embark upon a great crusade... The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you..." - Gen Dwight Eisenhower, June 6, 1944.Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when around 160,000 Allied troops (mostly in their 20s) along with 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft landed on five beaches of Normandy in the coordinated invasion ....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 >>
Two hundred years ago a small troop of men led by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth stood joyously surveying this scene of wide open plains from Mount York, west of Sydney, having found a passage through the Blue Mountains. This land ensured the survival of the fledging Australian colony with excellent farmlands and forests.Several had tried before but several key elements to their approach saw success. ....Continue Reading >>
The Australian War Memorial is one of the finest war museums in the war documenting every element of Australia’s history in fighting for freedom. At its heart is the moving Roll of Honour, a long series of bronze panels engraved with Australia’s 102,000+ war dead.Visitors often place a small red poppynext to a relative and loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. ....Continue Reading >>
Today is Anzac Day, the national remembrance day of Australia and New Zealand when people pay their respects and honour the bravery, courage, resilience and sacrifice of the service men and women of our country. Dawn services are conducted all throughout the country, at Anzac Cove in Turkey, throughout battefields in South East Asia and throughout Western Front villages in France and Belgium. This ....Continue Reading >>
Just a short stroll from the Bridge over the River Kwai is the most moving sight of Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. The Don Rak War Cemetery is the final resting place of around 5000 Commonwealth and 2,000 Dutch prisoners of war (the Americans repatriated their war dead), literally worked to death with their military colleagues under a brutal work regime. Their plaques sit on a beautifully manicured and ....Continue Reading >>
Around 100 humid kilometers north of Bangkok is the bridge made famous by the film The Bridge Over the River Kwai. Kanchanaburi is the site of the Burma-Siam Railway Bridge built by prisoners of the Japanese in World War 2 under forced labour conditions. Today’s idyllic tropical setting (and even the movie) belies the appalling privations, random punishments, disease, meagre food and atrocities along ....Continue Reading >>
Ludwig von Beethoven is undoubtedly one of the finest musicians and composers who has ever lived. He is rightfully remembered with a grand white obelisk and grave. Ironically, his close friend and fine composer Franz Schubert was an attendant at his funeral and died a year later, being buried next to Beethoven. Also buried among this music royalty in Musician's Corner of Vienna's peaceful and leafy ....Continue Reading >>
On January 26, 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip (now buried in Bath Abbey) was rowed ashore on a longboat to claim the continent of Australia for England. It became the first settlement by Europeans of Australia, the aborigines having a record of over 40,000 years of continuous settlement before this time.Though it has caused arguments over the years, it is generally accepted that Able Seaman Owen Cavanough ....Continue Reading >>
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Welcome to Travel Wonders

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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