Koh Tao

So I am jumping back a little here, we have now been home for close to two months (and I have not even posted 1/4 of the posts of our travel that I should have by now) and yes I have been a little slack in the posting department but this is all due to good cause. We have built a vegetable garden (not just any vege garden, it’s a pretty neat one, it looks great thanks to Daves amazing building skills and my staining skills) and been getting our home to be just the way we like it. So that’s my excuse anyway 😉

Back to the story at hand, I am taking you back to Thailand, Kho Tao to be exact, where we had a really nice 8 days of unwinding, swimming, reading, eating, drinking and exploring. We stayed at a great little place called Samatha Bed and Breakfast which was newly built and a nice place to retreat to during the peak heat of the day and at the end of an evening out.

Lucky Seafood….

I really like this photo for some particular reason. We ate at this little place several times, their Thai Green Curry and Red Curry were to die for and the cheapest we found anywhere on the Island.

Help your self to a seat at the table!

Time for an afternoon caffeine fix!

Penang through the lens of my camera

 

After catching the Ferry from Koh Tao to the mainland and a very uncomfortable mini van ride (I would like to point out there were no seat belts and our driver seemed to think he was invincible behind the wheel and thought it was best to pass only on blind corners and directly in-front of on coming traffic) to Chumphon followed by a 16 hour train ride, we arrived in Penang.

Penang was just a short stop over of two nights for us on our way back to Singapore to then get to Vietnam (where we are currently still). This was plenty of time for us to try plenty of street food and to explore Georgetown and even get up Penang hill. The Cable car up Penang hill was extremely impressive and no photo that I was able to get through the window did it any justice. Here is a little bit of what we saw in just under 48 hours.

 

Koh Phanang on foot and by scooter

 

After a bus ride from Surathani (only one of two short bus rides while in Thailand… I have been wanting to avoid them like the plague) and a pleasant boat ride we arrived in Koh Phanang. Once again to be honest it was not what I had expected, like I said before I was expecting more from the beaches. So much so in fact that while there for 7 nights we didn’t swim in the sea once… Just in the pool!

This aside we still enjoyed our time in Koh Phanang, sunbathing by the pool, reading our books, eating plenty of Thai food along with walking around and renting a scooter for a day.

 

Have you heard of the Azores?

While crossing the Atlantic from the Caribbean back to Italy our half way stop was the Azores.

After close to nine days at sea we arrived into the port of Horta on the Island of Faial.

The Dock of Horta is covered in paintings by boats that stop here as their half way point.

On the one full day off that we had while in Horta, we hired a car and drove around the island. There was certainly not a lot of life to the island, aside from the town of Horta we manged to drive around the island without seeing a single soul. Restaurants… Nope Cafes… Not that we could see. But nice scenery and a really interesting Museum on the whale industry that once existed here and thankfully no longer does.

All in all a quaint place to visit, if you get the chance while crossing the Atlantic!

A walk through my hood

Some days I love nothing more than to go for a walk around the neighbourhood (when home in New Zealand) that neighbourhood being Westmere in Auckland. There are lots of little streets to wind my way through along with the park where you will meet plenty of locals walking their beloved four-legged friends on any given day of the week. Also within walking distance of home is (in my opinion) Auckland’s best Butcher the Westmere Butchery and loads of great little café’s that one can stumble into if a wee break is needed such as the Little Grocer which is literally only two blocks away and perfect place to get the morning news paper and a great coffee.

Simply a few photos from a one hour walk around home, there is always something interesting to catch the eye.