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Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

February 8, 2017 by David Herd

Santa Monica Pier

A personal photo collection, not a travel blog.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles were regular stop off points for me between 1998 & 2005 on my way to Rio di Janeiro. My inspiration to pull out these old (poor quality early digital) photos came from watching Billy Bob Thornton in the series Goliath, which of course was shot in Santa Monica.

My great friend Denise McKay

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Denise was the main reason to stop in L.A., we met when she was living on the Gold Coast & continued our friendship for a number of years after she moved back to the U.S.A.

Venice Beach

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Sadly this mural is not there anymore however the photo remains a favourite of mine.

Denise dressed to blend in with the wall. 🙂

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles She is one of those ladies who always looks terrific,

Lunch at Fisherman’s wharf Marina Del Ray

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles We had the restaurant to ourselves. 🙂

At least it will wash of in a week or so.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles The only tattoos I like are the ones that wash off. 🙂

 Rodeo Drive

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles I can’t remember where I parked my car.

Oh! here is is. 🙂

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Yellow matches my Mercedes Sports at home. 🙂

Wiltshire Boulevard

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Classy neighbourhood & classy lady. 🙂

 Back to Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Outside the New York Deli which was one of my favourite places to eat, sadly I believe it closed in 2010.

The Central Garden at the Getty Center

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles There were more than 500 varieties of plants used in the landscaping of the Central Garden.

Patrezia from Salerno

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles We hooked up with this crazy Italian lady from Salerno, she was a lot ot fun. 🙂

Denise & Petrezia

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles We had a bit to talk about as it was only a year ago when I was in Salerno.

Farewell from Santa Monica in February 1999.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Had a great time with Denise in Santa Monica now it was time to head to Rio di Janeiro for Carnival. Thanks for visiting my Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles photo blog.

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Contemplating life beyond 2000

February 6, 2017 by David Herd

Contemplating life beyond 2000

A personal photo collection, not a travel blog.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Contemplating life beyond 2000 after just completing a huge around the world trip with Tony Murphy & John Martin aka Pothole. The fabulous trip began in November 1999 in Los Angeles then on to Miami, Mexico City, Bolivia, San Paulo, Rio di Janeiro, Salavador, Paris, Bangkok & finishing in  Koh Samui. 

Consequently I really expected 2000 to be a bit of a let down, after all how do you recover after a two month trip like that one?

The photo above was in Sydney for Pothole’s 50th birthday on February 1st. That’s our good mate Paul Slaughter with the glasses & the lovely Kathy who was Pothole’s girlfriend at the time. He was punching way above his weight as you can clearly see. 🙂

Sadly I was as well.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Punching above my weight also with an Italian princess I met & fell for in Koh Samui.

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Her name was Barbara Manelli, however to me she will always be “Gypsy”.

Consequently in March I headed to Florence to see if there was any future pursuing this gorgeous creature. I soon found out that a brief tropical island fling was soon forgotten back in Italy. 🙂

Italy to Australia via Bangkok

Contemplating life beyond 2000 I figured there was only one way to fix a broken heart & that was a week in Bangkok on the way home. 🙂 

Pothole & I with Ian Rich

Contemplating life beyond 2000 We took my boat over to Main Beach to see Ian’s new condo.

View of Paradise waters from Ian’s condo the Grand Mariner.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 My apologies for the low quality photos, I was using my 1st 1.2 mega pixel digital camera. 🙂

Melbas on the Park

Thinking about life beyond 2000 The usual suspects, John Moon, Jim Bell aka “HO HO”, & John “Secrets” Sinclair. 

Secrets at Main Beach.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Here is John with one of the gorgeous Main Beach waitresses.

The dreaded black list.

Contemplating life beyond 2000

Over the years Secrets has always had a black list of people who have been guilty of some indiscretion of which he has not approved of. I have been on & off the list a few times over the years, now in February 2017 I am, with quite a few others, most certainly firmly back on the list. Consequently to commemorate this honour I designed a T shirt & Pothole has arranged to have them printed. 🙂

Melbas was our favourite bar.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Owned & run by Paul Allen a larger than life Gold Coast character, passed away far to young in 1013.

Celebrated my birthday at the Boardroom in Southport.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Always a few sexy girls at the Boardroom which was owned & run by Malcolm Pearce.

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As you can clearly see I was being totally dominated here. 🙂

 Skye from Launceston

Contemplating life beyond 2000 What a knockout, here we are having lunch at Melbas.

Let’s go back to Italy

Contemplating life beyond 2000 A flashback to March when my pursuit of the beautiful Gypsy crashed & burnt. No that’s not really true, after Samui it never really got off the ground. 🙂

San Gimignano

Contemplating life beyond 2000 We did all the tourist things then I headed south to Rome to hook up with my friend Paul McNeil & Scooter Boy.

The Spanish Steps in Rome

Contemplating life beyond 2000 I hired a car & the 3 of us had a great road trip through Naples, Sorrento, Positano all the way down to Reggio in Southern Italy, the biggest city and the most populated comune of Calabria.

 Artist at work in Positano.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 We covered a lot of territory including Isle of Capri, this quickly became my favourite part of Italy until 2010 when I discovered the Cinque Terre. 🙂

Xmas lunch

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Tradition dictated we would gather at Melbas each year for a Xmas lunch, here we have Jim “Ho Ho” Bell, John “Secrets” Sinclair, David Herd & Tony Murphy.

Best ever Melbas barmaid

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Her name is Aurora & we all fell in love with her. 🙂

Family & friends come to visit

Contemplating life beyond 2000 My brother Warren & his wife Kerry with my cute little niece Laura. On the left is Chris Lockwood & his partner in happier times.

My best friend Ziggy

Contemplating life beyond 2000 We had lots of fun together, plus he was an excellent guard dog.

At the end of the day 2000 certainly was another good year.

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Simone                               Skye                                       Kerry

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Malvina                               Denise                                       Mako

Contemplating life beyond 2000

The Gipsy

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World’s 30 tallest Skyscrapers

May 26, 2016 by David Herd

Burj Khalifa 01. World’s 30 tallest Skyscrapers

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Shanghai Tower 02. (under construction)

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel 03.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 One World Trade Center 04. World’s 30 tallest Skyscrapers.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Taipei 101 05. World’s 30 tallest Skyscrapers.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Shanghai World Financial Center 06. (left one)

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 International Commerce Centre 07.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Petronas Tower 1 & 2 08.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Zifeng Tower 09.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Located in Nanjing, China Height: 450 m 1,476 ft

Willis Tower 10.  (Formerly Sears Tower)

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Kingkey 100 11.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Guangzhou International Finance Center 12.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Trump International Hotel and Tower 13.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Jin Mao Tower 14. (in front)

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Princess Tower 15. (the tallest one)

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Al Hamra Firdous Tower 16.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 2 International Finance Centre 17.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

23 Marina 18.  (tallest one)

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 CITIC Plaza 19.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Shun Hing Square 20.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Central Market Project 21. (under construction)

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Empire State Building 22.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Elite Residence 23.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Tuntex Sky Tower 24.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Central Plaza 25.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

Bank of China Tower 26.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Bank of America Tower (NY) 27.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 Almas Tower 28.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

The Pinnacle 29.

World's 30 tallest Skyscrapers

 SEG Plaza 30.
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Santa Cruz Bolivia

April 8, 2016 by David Herd

Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Santa Cruz Bolivia Santa Cruz Bolivia sits by the Pirai River in the lowlands east of the Andes Mountains. My little adventure took place in 1999 when I flew from Sydney via Las Vegas to Santa Cruz before visiting Iguazu falls. After the fabulous falls I met friends in Sao Paulo before heading for Rio de Janeiro.

It was 1999 and my first digital camera took rather poor photos.

How lucky was I?

Santa Cruz Bolivia

I was met at the airport by Dalia a gorgeous 23 yo Bolivian who I had met in a chat room on the internet. Actually I met her friend who could speak English which Dalia could not. So now you know the reason Santa Cruz was on my itinerary.

Dalia’s friend Coral

Santa Cruz Bolivia

Coral was the go-between for meeting Dalia.

Apologies again for the poor quality photos.

Santa Cruz Bolivia Dinner in Santa Cruz with Coral and Dalia’s son Tony.

Three generations

 photo Dalias mum.jpg Everybody I met in Santa Cruz were such nice friendly people. Here is Dalia’s mother and son Tony.

Looking good

Santa Cruz Bolivia Dalia looking very good in her orange bikini.

Typical Santa Cruz street

Santa Cruz Bolivia Some parts of the city are quite modern, this however is not one of those parts.

Santa Cruz church

Santa Cruz Bolivia

Like most South American cities there are plenty of churches.


Going for lunch in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Bolivia From memory I think I actually ate an Armadillo for lunch.

Dinner is served

Santa Cruz Bolivia It’s certainly not the Ritz but from memory I think the food was OK.

Very friendly people

Santa Cruz Bolivia Everybody was very friendly, many of the places my friends took me were off the beaten track.

Santa Cruz shops

 photo Santa Cruz shops_1.jpg Some of the buildings were a little more modern.

Another friend

Santa Cruz Bolivia Here is Kelly Caballero anther gorgeous girl I had met online before I began my great adventure. I still see her on Facebook now in 2016.

Back to Dalia

Santa Cruz Bolivia After my little diversion with Kelly Dalia & I made plans to head for Brazil.

Dalia in Santa Cruz Bolivia

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Ok let’s get a passport and a ticket for the death train. The “death train” (so named because of its history in transporting Yellow Fever victims) runs on bumpy tracks from Santa Cruz to Corumbá on the Brazilian side.

 Catching some shut-eye on the Death Train.

 photo Sleeping on the death train.jpg Dalia sleeping peacefully on the way to Quijarro.

 The frontier

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After leaving the train we walked across the border then took a taxi to the Brazilian immigration office, and that’s where my problems began. I was suspicious when they had my passport and wanted to see a credit card to ensure I had enough money to exist on in Brazil. I knew I was in trouble when they went to another room and came back 5 minutes later to give me my passport and credit card back.

Sure enough a week later my credit card was cancelled as there had been $14,000 spent on it all over Brazil. Everything was sorted out when I returned to Australia and I received a replacement card.

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Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

January 8, 2016 by David Herd

Melbas on the Park

David Herd Thailand Melbas Gold Coast Legacy is a huge part of Surfers Paradise folklore. Here is my photo record spanning over 25 years showing my friends and I having fun at this iconic nightclub and bar in Surfers Paradise. In the early 80s it was also one of the best restaurants due to the expertise of owner/manager the late great Paul Allen.

My Melba’s three L scenario, Legends were made, Lies were told, Ladies were pursued. 🙂

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from Surfers Paradise Australia.

New Years Eve 1990 Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy On the left is Tony Fazio who was manager at the time, now living in Perth I believe, on the right is Steve Jones one of the legendary bouncers who sadly passed away far too young, RIP.

Adam & Eve

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Actually it is David and I think her name was Amanda but don’t hold me to it. A cocktail waitress who was a very sexy lady.

Dinner before we hit Melbas

David Herd Gold Coast In those days there was a Japanese restaurant next door where I regularly had dinner before hitting the club. Melbas was only on the 2nd floor then, downstairs was all shops.

 Paul’s son Dave Allen part of Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

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Dave is a terrific guy, in 1990 he was working behind the bar, in later years he was General manager.

Another New Years Eve around 90/91

David Herd fivestarvagabond Harley Bradstreet one of my greatest long time friends, no Melba’s blog would be complete without him. For a while in the 90s he was actually one of the chefs there, it’s still unknown how many diners were rushed to hospital after eating one of his creations, forgive me mate I’m only joking.

A mutual friend of ours Southport solicitor Larry Wilson coined a famous phrase regarding Harley, he said “anyone can have a bad decade”. That really summed it up beautifully, I often used to refer to this great little guy as my own personal disaster area, but a nicer guy than you could never meet.  Narrelle with the great smile worked behind the bar and was Tony Fazzio’s main squeeze at the time, a few years later I recall introducing her to her future husband, Jack Delanty, a one eyed Collingwood supporter from Melbourne.

 July 7 1992

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy July 7 1992 was my birthday so naturally we celebrated at Melbas. Great friend Andre Buzek on the left was dentist on Chevron Island who was always offering cut price dental work to any sexy young lady who crossed his path. Sadly Andre lost his life in a car accident in Cuba about 4 or 5 years after this photo was taken.

Greg Johnstone on the right now lives in Thailand as I do, we occasionally have a beer together. At the back are Roger Williams and Len Jones, Roger went back to Adelaide and Len now lives in Sydney, the name of the girls eludes me.

A very happy bunch of people

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy The young guy at the back is Justin, another one of Paul Allen’s sons.

The legend himself in 1992

Paul Allen Melbas

Paul was larger than life and ran Melbas with an iron fist. I originally met him when he was head waiter at Eliza’s restaurant in Cavil Avenue. Two of his customers financed Paul into Melbas around 1981, they saw potential in the way Paul interacted with customers and figured he could develop the best restaurant night club on the coast, they were right.

I vividly recall my first visit on January 1st 1982, we had a huge night on Sydney harbour on New Years Eve which ended at dawn, so on the spur of the moment we flew to the Gold Coast checked into St Tropez in Orchard and wound up at Melbas that evening.

At the start Melbas was 75% restaurant and 25% night club separated by a glass wall. Even though the restaurant was top class each passing year saw it get smaller and the nightclub bigger until it disappeared altogether.

An article from the “Age” in May 1981

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy The whole paper and other articles can be seen here.

Grahame aka “Biff”, Kitty & Helen Burke.

Sydney 1982 flying high

January 1982 a couple of days after we arrived the party continued on the Gold Coast. The new sexy girl in the middle was “Kitty” a totally uninhibited Dutch girl who I knew from Sydney, but that’s another story.  🙂 Helen Burke on the right was soon to become my new girlfriend, in November 2014 I visited her at her winery at Dromana in the state of Victoria, my how time flies when you are having fun. The big guy is Graham La Roche aka “the Biff”, a legend in his own lunch time.:)

Lets jump forward to the year 2000

David Herd Melbas memories

One of Paul Allen’s rules was to hire the best looking girls to work behind the bar, in my book the best of them all was Aurora. She is definitely part of Melbas Gold Coast Legacy.

The usual suspects Xmas 2000.

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy From the left we have Jim Bell, John Sinclair, David Herd and Tony Murphy. Jim rented a room in my home for 15 years from 1995. John moved to Thailand around 2001 and Tony still lives on the Gold Coast.


Lovely Kerry

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

Xmas 2000 and kerry was one of the head girls, I first met her when she was a waitress at the Boardroom, a well known Southport gentlemen’s club. From memory after Melbas she moved to Koi at Broadbeach, a lovely lady with a great personality.

A definite highlight in 2000

Skye Edwards from Launceston

One of the most gorgeous ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, Skye Edwards from Launceston.

Skye-Jilly Edwards (born c. 1972) is an Australian beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss Globe International 1994 in Istanbul, Turkey and represented her country in the Miss World 1994 pageant in Sun City, South Africa. She was rated in the top 50 models in Australia by Ralph Magazine.

Perfect except for one small thing

David Herd at Melbas Yes, Skye was a smoker, come to think of it so was I in 2000. I finally quit for good 2 years later.

Here is an article on Skye’s current life.

Melbourne Cup 2004 with Michelle

David Herd Melbas memories You could always guarantee the best eye candy on the coast would wind up at Melba’s on Melbourne cup day.

 The Butterbean Brothers in 2005

Melbas Gold Coast Legacy Two legends in their own lunch time, the Butterbean brothers aka Larry Krausz & Ross Kennedy. Larry just moved to Pattaya on November 28 2015 and is now my neighbour. (Sadly our buddy Larry passed away in January 2017 after suffering a major stroke in Thailand October 28th 2016)  Rossco originally from Melbourne where he sold hot dogs outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and is now a mover and shaker on the Gold Coast. He quit his holdings in Surfers Paradise strip clubs and restaurants to become the glass splash-back King of the Coast. We have a long & happy history together with the highlight being a legendary road trip to Sydney, Falls Creek & Melbourne in 1996. What an incredible year 1996 was, read all about it here.

 December 2003 Xmas lunch.

 photo Xmas lunch at Melbas 2.jpg Sadly two old friends in this photo have passed away. Second from the left Ron Collier died April 26 2012. I first met Ron in Melbourne in the 70s before he & Yvonne moved to Byron Bay, a great character who loved life to the max. Second on the left is Noel Smith a regular Melba’s customer who passed away in 2011.

 Doug Scotcher          Dave Allen Melbas          John Moon

Graham La Roche aka “The Biff”.

 Graham La Roche A true Aussie legend, I also met Graham in Melbourne in the 70s, as his nickname suggests he was a hell of a fighter. Fought with the famous Jimmy Sharman’s boxing troupe throughout Victoria in the 60s and was never defeated. Graham was on-board by boat in Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve 1981 when we got smashed by fireworks because I stupidly anchored in the drop zone, read about it here.

For many years Graham has run a successful tiling business at Carrara on the Gold Coast.

Historic photo from National Library of Australia

 Juimmy Sharman Troup

 Lovely Linda in 2005

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I think this beautiful lady was Maltese, I only wish I was 20 years younger and 4 times wealthier.


Melbourne Cup 2006.

 photo z Melbourne Cup at Melbas 2006 4.jpg Important evens were always celebrated at Melba’s, here I am with good friends David Robertson aka “Chocolates” and Phil Thomson aka “Baldrick“. Chocs was famous for the huge volume of “Forsters Light” he would consume daily while Baldrick was famous for……… nothing really. 🙂

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Xmas 2006

 photo z Xmas lunch at melbas 2006 8.jpg Here is my good mate Craig Sulzberger aka “Sudzi”, this was around the time we were planning to visit Rio de Janeiro for Carnival in 2008.  We also had a great time in Florianopolis and Balneário Camboriú.

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Xmas 2006 Greg Craig aka “Noodles van Cleef”.

Greg Craig Another terrific old friend who was a regular member of our Melba’s drinking crew. Also known as “Coupons” which he collects to swap for free stuff. 🙂

Another gorgeous staff member

Xmas lunch at melbas  Service with a smile.

2007, German and gorgeous.

David Herd Thailand Not only gorgeous but a sparkling personality as well. I can’t remember her unusual name, Zea or something like that.

Looks more Italian than German to me.

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A great smile and a wonderful Roman nose she looks more Italian than German to me.

2007 Alan Jones

 photo DH ET amp AJ -2007.jpg Twice world Formula 1 champion, a true living legend if ever there was one. Pictured here with myself and well known Gold Coast sycophant David Hoskit.

My birthday 2008

David Herd Thailand As I said previously all important events were celebrated at Melbas. One of the clowns, I think it was Noodles decided I was old enough for a wheelchair. I can guarantee one thing for sure, Chocs would not have paid for that bottle of red, & everybody who knows him would agree with me. 🙂

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Just so cute

 photo Melbas20AFL20dinner202009202.jpg  It was 2009 and I think her name was Linda, another one of the super cute Melba’s bar staff.

Dani Tobin, a real wild child.

Dani Tobin 2009 photo Danielle 4.jpg Over the 25 years of drinking at Melba’s I met some wild crazy ladies, and Dani certainly makes it into my top 10. I see her occasionally on Facebook and she seems to have quietened down a little little, hopefully we may catch up again one day. This photo is from 2009.

The usual suspects in 2008

 photo IMG_1895.jpg We usually met around 5pm most days and left around 7 pm to sneak home dodging the breathalyser.

2008 Drinks for my AFL tipping comp

 photo Melbas footy drinks 010.jpg I ran an Australian Rules tipping competition for around 10 years and Melba’s were one of our sponsors.

2009 AFL footy tipping dinner

2009 AFL footy tipping dinner photo Melbas AFL dinner 5.jpg  Here is part of the mob at our end of year dinner in 2009.

Straight out of the Folies Bergère

 photo 2008 3 - Copy.jpg Another gorgeous drink waitress who contributed to Melbas Gold Coast Legacy.

I’m including this song just because I like it.

It’s a happy song and for some strange reason it makes me think of all the happy times I had at Melba’s.

 Isabella Rovai and Marilia Costa

 photo Beautiful Brazilian girls.jpg These two beautiful Brazilian girls worked behind the bar in 2011.


Another knockout

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Is it any wonder we made Melbas our local pub?

Rolando Hanipale

 photo IMG_9578.jpg Rolando was one of the big happy bouncers at Melbas.

Another Legend Lloyd Ross 2009

Lloyd Ross 2009 photo IMG_2279.jpg When and why did Lloyd become a legend you may well ask? Well sometime around the turn of the century Lloyd relocated his office from Bundall to 50 Cavil Avenue right next door to Melbas. I am sure that no other customer has ever spent more in this bar than Lloyd, for a start most days from 11 am he would conduct his business in the south east corner of the bar surrounded by various friends and associates. He would normally pull up stumps around 6 pm and head home to Main Beach.

One memorable evening around 2007 Lloyd was enjoying himself so much he stayed on much later until the place was jumping. The crowd in the bar at that time was several hundred, so without any fanfare he ordered 800 shooters at a cost of $5,000, guaranteeing his place in Melba’s on the Park folklore for evermore.

Ross Kennedy September 24 2011

 photo Rossco Sept 24 2011.jpg Only a few days before making my huge life changing move to Thailand I started having farewell drinks at my favourite bar with my favourite friends.

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My last visit November 2014

 photo Melbas on the park 2014 2.jpg After my road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road I flew to the Gold Coast to catch up with friends and family. Phil Thomson and I kept alive our tradition of drinks at Melbas on Melbourne day.

That’s all folks for Melbas Gold Coast Legacy

 photo Farewell David 001.jpg A final gathering of the usual suspects before leaving for Thailand. I hope you enjoyed my Melbas Gold Coast Legacy post.

Here is Glenn to describe how I now feel in April 2016.

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Travel tips five fabulous countries

August 30, 2015 by David Herd

David Herd is the FiveStarVagabond

David Herd Thailand Travel tips five fabulous countries feature some of my favourite places, many people may think I’m a bit of a dinosaur & perhaps I am, however I don’t know any other person who has travelled more than I during the last 20 years. Therefore I hope can provide you with a few ideas on where to go for your next holiday.

I’ll list the 5 countries in alphabetical order rather than by personal preference.

 Australia

Travel tips five fabulous countries The home of my birth and a country that offers a huge diversification of incredible travel destinations. Most people find it difficult to grasp the size of this great country, don’t make the mistake of trying to cover too much in 3 or 4 weeks, better to come back another time.

Sydney is the most spectacular city but don’t forget Perth and Adelaide both wonderful cities also. Then of course there is the Gold Coast in Queensland with it’s wonderful weather and beautiful beaches.

For a good budget hotel in Sydney just book through this link. Broadbeach is the best place to stay on the Gold Coast, here is a very good value apartment block in a perfect location.

Three suggestions

Sydney                           Great Ocean Rd                            Outback

Sydney Opera house              Twelve Apostles               Travel tips five fabulous countries

Brazil Travel tips one of the five fabulous countries

Travel tips five fabulous countries

Bigger and more diverse than Australia I have enjoyed 8 visits to the wonderful country. Rio de Janeiro is fabulous however there is so much more to see. Apart from Rio my favourite places are Praia de Pipa, Paraty, Iguazu Falls & Florianoplis.

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Camboriu                                 Rio’s beaches                         Fortaleza           

Travel tips five fabulous countries              Beautiful Ipanema             Travel tips five fabulous countries

Since 2004, the blocos have exploded and now there are now nearly 300 blocos with over 40 new ones appearing for the 2007 Carnaval.  The first blocos started only a little over ten years ago. This is the heart of theStreet Carnival” which includes the greater likelihood of locals playing percussion instruments with their friends at their favorite hangout as well as  the Bandstands and the many Parades of downtown’s Rio Branco Avenue. These events are inclusive and practice for the musicians begins months before the Carnaval and the parades do not end until Sunday of the following weekend.

Croatia is a must for travellers  here are Travel tips five fabulous countries

Travel tips five fabulous countries It was March 2005 before I finally made it to this fascinating country, the photo above is the coastal city of Split. I travelled by bus between the major cities to see more of the actual country. I had a terrific 2 bedroom apartment in a great location for only $50 per night, book through this link.

Next door is Bosnia so make sure you also visit the wonderful city of Mostar.

Split                               Dubrovnik                              Zagreb

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In Zagreb I stayed at the excellent hotel Dubrovnik overlooking the Main Square you see above, it was a perfect location with good wifi. Marc van Bloemen owner of Karmen apartments in Dubrovnik was the perfect host, he  a friendly Englishman who will point you in the right direction for restaurants, tours & places of interests, he also has a great knowledge of Dubrovniks history.

United Kingdom

Gold Hill Shaftesbury So many places to see & so much history. I travel there most years making London my base, then visit cities & towns all over the country either by train or car. Apart from London some of my favourite places are Brighton, Bath, Glasgow & Bradford on Avon. The photo above is Gold Hill is a steep cobbled street in the town of Shaftesbury in the English county of Dorset.

London pubs                          Lands End                            Hyde Park

London Pubs               Lands End hotel Cornwall               Hyde Park London

Travel tips. Great Britain has an excellent rail service, save up to 80% by booking your ticket before you arrive, just click here. London Underground’s Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow Airport and the capital, so look for accommodation around Earl’s CourtGloucester Rd or Knightsbridge. For more information click here.

France

Monte Carlo Monaco Where do you start Paris or Monte Carlo, the choices are endless in this wonderful country. One of my favourite holidays was based in Breil Sur Roya a small village in the mountains near the Italian border just north of Menton. From here I was able to explore many medieval French & Italian villages as well as the fabulous French Riviera. The Roya river runs through town and is open to trout anglers from March to September. Part of the trout run is reserved for fly-fishing. Trout anglers share the river with white water rafters, another popular local sport.

 

Saorge                                  St Tropez                              Versailles

 photo Saorge5.jpg              The markets photo 35020_443733543593_3252188_n.jpg             Palace versailles

Chateau de Versailles Paris is a  fabulous destination which made my bucket list as soon as I saw the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris”. When the Château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital.

Italy

Travel tips five fabulous countries My favourite European Country by a long shot. The food, the wine, the crazy drivers who park anywhere, there is so much to see & do it’s hard to know where to start. Rome, Florence, Venice there are so many great cities, however if I had to pick two favourites they would be Sam Gimignano and the Cinque Terre.

Florence                              Lake Como                              Portofino

Travel tips five fabulous countries               Lake Como Italy border=               Portofino, bella bella. photo SantaMargheritatoPortofino148.jpg

Travel tip, take a wonderful one hour walk from Santa Margherita. The homes are truly magnificent,  prepare yourself for a great experience when you arrive at the beautiful waterfront village of Portofino. The buildings, the boats, the restaurants, it’s all there. Just make sure you have your credit card and a wallet full of Euros. For the budget minded like myself it makes more sense to stay at Santa Margherita and visit Portofino on foot or by ferry. The Lido Palace is on the beach if you want to go upmarket, my hotel was one block back and reasonable priced, with free car parkingThe Mediterraneo.

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Marble Mountain Vietnam

July 24, 2015 by David Herd

Marble Mountain Vietnam

Marble Mountain Vietnam Marble Mountain Vietnam where the statues are hand carved by certified and regulated stone mason artists. These artist begin a lifelong apprenticeship from a very young age and spend their life learning the trade.

 Huge statue

Marble Mountain Vietnam Mined from the famous Marble Mountain, in Vietnam, the premium marble offers quality and colours that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Plus the skill of the Vietnamese ensures a wonderful product.


 

Many beautiful statues

Marble Mountain Vietnam

I had to stop myself from sending a whole container home. TripAdvisor rate Marble Mountain 2nd out of 97 things to do in Danang.

The choice is endless

 photo Marble mountain 1.jpg The stone carving village of Dong Hai, located next to the Marble Mountains in Vietnam is famous for traditional stone engraving and stone-cutting craft.

A Vietnamese Venus de Milo

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The statues here are rather extraordinary, all shapes and sizes. 

Bangkok to Danang

Marble Mountain Vietnam

There are about seven low cost flights per week from Bangkok to Danang, it only takes around 90 minutes.

Tiger on the prowl

Marble Mountain Vietnam This guy is a rather mean looking beast. It reminds me of a funny story of my brush with a tiger in Chiang Mai, check out THIS LINK for the full story.

David Herd at Marble Mountain

David Herd Thailand Thanks for visiting my Marble Mountain Vietnam post, please have a look at some more posts if you have the time. For great hotel rates simply use this link.    

         Hoi An, midway between Hanoi & HCMC, fly into Danang take a taxi south, on the way make sure you visit Marble mountain.

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China Beach Vietnam

July 24, 2015 by David Herd

China Beach Vietnam

China Beach Vietnam China Beach Vietnam is in Da Nang, a port city along the coast of the South China Sea. While there is not a great deal in the city in terms of restaurants and bars at the moment, Da Nang has been targetted for massive investment by both the government and private companies alike, and is pipped to be a major destination for both tourism and commerce.

Beach Vendors

China Beach Vietnam Although I was last there in 2003 I’m sure nothing has changed with the persistent beach vendors. They do not like taking no for an answer and there is really no escape from them.


Everything is for sale

China Beach Vietnam

John Martin aka Pothole examining the merchandise.

Two Americans

China Beach Vietnam

We met two nice Americans on the beach and had lunch together washed down with some cold beers. Notice my Lee Child novel close by. 🙂

Shelter from the sun.

 photo IMG_0420.jpg In more recent history, Danang is best-known for its role in the American Vietnam War. The Danang Airbase was a major American airbase, used both by the Americans and the South Vietnamese. Nearby China Beach, named after its beautiful china-white sand, was home to the 510th Evacuation Hospital, where wounded American soldiers would come to recover. China Beach itself was an American in-country R&R spot, nicknamed the “Five and Dime”. The Vietcong, meanwhile, had their own hospital surprisingly close by in the caves of the Marble Mountains.

 Beautiful Vietnamese face

China Beach Vietnam My travelling partner John Martin aka “Pothole” was a bit of a lunatic, he is an excellent reason for travelling alone. 🙂

I forget what the young girl was selling however I just had to capture that beautiful face.

Marble Mountain

David Herd Marble mountain If you find yourself travelling from Da nang to Hoi An make sure you visit Marble Mountain.

China Beach Vietnam

China Beach Vietnam China Beach Vietnam is a great place to relax however I would suggest you stay at Hoi An which is only 45 minutes away by taxi.

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 David Herd at China beach.

David Herd China beachThanks for visiting my China Beach Vietnam travel page, one of my favourite places in Vietnam, however the image that sticks in my mind most of all are the beautiful faces of the people and their children in this amazing country. Have a look at some of my other Vietnam posts.

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Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

July 11, 2015 by David Herd

Atlantic Bar Pattaya

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya for last 15 years has been one of my regular watering holes. Here are many of the interesting people & staff who have enjoyed it with me. The photo above is 2003 with the lovely Aew.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection of 15 years at the Atlantic bar.

July 2003 Aew

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

It’s hard to believe that was 14 years ago.

Triple treat in 2003

Atlantic Bar Pattaya On the left is my friend Nok in November 2003, we finally got together in January 2011.

Here is Nok in 2011

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Funnily enough Nok left the bar had a little baby and in early 2016 was back there working again.

 The bar in July 2003

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

The bar has been extended, it is now 50% larger.

June 2005

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

There have been many beautiful girls working at Atlantic over the years.

John Secrets in June 2005

  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya John wants to know what time can he start having fun?

Her name is Mint

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

What about those rosy cheeks?

December 2005

Atlantic Bar Pattaya

All that money around her neck means she is having a birthday.

December 2005

  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya   Her name is Dah, a silly mate of ours Pothole, aka John Martin bought her a new nose & boobs & fathered 2 children with her, now in 2015 they are 8 and 6 years old. Naturally the liaison failed after several years of mayhem & war, and now he pays a fortune to educate and look after them. Is it any wonder we call him Pothole?

John  Secrets & Joergen Ulitzer

Joergen Ulitiza December 2005 and the boys are having fun, now in 2015 John is living happily in Bangkok while Joerg languishes in a Hong Kong prison on a drug smuggling charge. November 2015 and charges against Joerg have been dropped.

September 2006

  David Herd Pattaya What a gorgeous young girl Ying is, a smile to die for. 🙂

Just pop out on the street if you are hungry

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Thai people have taken street food to an art form.

And the beat goes on.

  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya This is September 2006, check out another Thai post here.

Sept 2006, Stollies for me please

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Most of the time I drink Jack Daniel’s however now & then I go for Stollies.

February 2007

John Sinclair Thailand Ian Pinniger, Ooy, John Secrets and Cate, sadly Ian passed away in March 2009 after losing a long fight against cancer.

Sean Fenton and Anne February 2007

  Sean Fenton Townsville Sean Fenton hails from Townsville and married this lovely lady who now lives like a queen with Sean a a tribe of children.

This is Ooy in February 2007.

  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya   Check out the rest of my 2007 Thai trip here.

June 2007

  Hamish Elton Pattaya Here are my friends Hamish Elton and John Secrets at the Atlantic in 2007.

Atlantic sharpshooters 2007

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Most of these girls are very good pool players.

August 2007 Trevor and Paul

  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya With the iconic neon palm in the background that sadly now in 2015 it’s not there any more.

Two friendly lads from Hawaii November 2011

  David Herd Atlantic Bar  Happy guys loving their time in Pattaya.


August 2007

  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya Trevor, Jeff Gill and John “Secrets” Sinclair.

August 2007

  Dennis Freeman the hyenaAugust 2007, Dennis, John Secrets and Jeff Gill.  More from 2007 here.

April 2008

Atlantic Bar Pattaya My good friends from the Gold Coast Nick and Sharon in April 2008.   I had four trips to Thailand in 2008.

May 2010 a gathering of golfers

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya This bunch of guys used to regularly drink at the Atlantic bar every Friday night. The could tell you (and did) in detail about every shot they hit that day. 🙂 I spent a fascinating week in Yangon with them in 2013, they played golf every day, I played once. 🙂

May 2010 with Nok

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya  More photos and information on 2010 here.

A proposal December 2011

Atlantic Bar Pattaya In December 2011 with Jom I made the following proposal.

The proposal

Atlantic Bar Pattaya

Sabai Resort

Sabai Resort Pattaya For eight years from 2004 the Sabai Resort was my hotel of choice, even now I book most of my friends in as it is such great value, especially if you book through this Agoda link.

 Bill Austin, Don Wenham & Porn in January 2011

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Bill from Wiltshire  has visited Pattaya 3 times however Don from Australia was not too impressed. Sadly Don passed away in 2016 after a long battle with cancer, RIP old buddy.

 January 2011, more happy customers.

  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya Check out this link for one of my 2011 posts on our fantastic holiday in Pattaya.

January 2011.

  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya Here is my second post of 2011 in Thailand.

January 2011, Porn.

sexy babe Thailand I last saw Porn from a distance in 2014 with a young baby and a farang, so obviously she found a way out of the bar. 🙂

February 2012

  Dave Wylie Brazil My good friend Dave Wylie who I originally met in Rio de Janeiro. Dave now live in Crescent City California.

Bar gets a face-lift April 2012

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

The bar is now 50% larger.

January 2013, the boys from Wiltshire.

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya Here is my post covering my life in Pattaya in 2013.

2013 with Trevor and Bobby

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

I do miss the regular Friday nights with these fanatical golfers.

 July 10 2015

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Annie has a terrific smile.

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Bar extension July 2015

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya Atlantic took over the bar next door and increased their size by 50%.

Kiwi Bill & Aussie Hamish

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Friday night drinks.

August 7 2015 Phil Barkin & Hamish Elton

David Herd Atlantic bar

Phil was originally from New York and now lives in Manila.

September 2nd 2016

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya Athos, Porthos and Aramis, no you are mistaken. It’s not the 3 musketeers, it’s Hamish Elton, Mark Yagalla & David Herd at the Atlantic Bar.

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya September 2016

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Right opposite Atlantic is a soapy massage if you feel hot & bothered. 🙂

New Years Eve 2016 at Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya Steve “Jumbo” Reade having a ball at the Atlantic Bar.

 Atlantic girls

Loving Pattaya life 2016 They all looked terrific, dressed to kill. 🙂

Atlantic Bar Pattaya           Loving Pattaya life 2016                  Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

The A team January 22 2017.

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya From the left we have Joerg Ulitzka, Steve Reade aka Jumbo, Pothole aka John Martin, David Herd & Bill Curtis.

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya

Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya I prefer the bar when it’s quiet. 🙂

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Many thanks for visiting my Atlantic Bar 2nd Road Pattaya photo blog.

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Life 2015                            Family history                   Life 1982

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Spanish Coast Ibiza Madrid

June 8, 2015 by David Herd

Ibiza

Spanish Coast Ibiza Madrid Spanish Coast Ibiza Madrid was a shock to me when I returned after 36 years since my last visit. I couldn’t believe the number of condominiums along the Costa Brava.

Please forgive the photo quality, my 1.2 mega pixel Canon was my first ancient digital camera.

Ibiza beach

Ibiza It was the off season in April so the people were few and far between, consequently I thought Ibiza was fairly overrated.


 

Valencia

  Valencia

This trip was part of an around the world journey starting in Bangkok before moving to Spain then on to Venezuela, Cuba and Los Angeles.  

David herd in Valencia

  Valencia photo DH20in20Valencia.202.jpg 

Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain.  

Benidorm, we hated it. 🙂

Benidorm I think the average age of the English and German tourists was mid 70s, there were walking frames everywhere. We went to a couple of bars and restaurants that were copies of similar places in Blackpool.

Cold beers in Benidorm

  Spanish Coast Ibiza Madrid I was travelling with Les who was a friend from the Gold Coast.  

El Campella near Alicante

El campello Revisiting this seaside village was full of nostalgia for me. I had great memories from way back in the late 60s when I was travelling around Europe in a VW Kombi with 2 Kiwi guys. Campella was one of our favourite places where we ate Paellas and washed them down with gallons of Sangria. In those days the men would go fishing off the African coast and the women would sit on the beach making and repairing the huge fishing nets. It was a different world then.

 Deja vu

El CampelloSo here I am again 36 years later eating Paella and drinking red wine, the more things change the more they stay the same.

La Manga

  Spanish Coast Ibiza Madrid We stayed one night in La Manga, who knows why? Certainly nothing to write about here.  

On to Madrid for a little history

Madrid It was nice to leave behind the walking frames and pommies (Englishmen) drinking pints and singing songs from WW2.  

Madrid

Spanish Coast Ibiza Madrid

I really need to visit Madrid again one day.

Palace Hotel

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    Amsterdam      Plaza de Catalu photo PlacadeCatalunastatue.jpg          Monte Carlo Casino

       Florence                         Lisbon                              Zagreb

          The old bridge    Lisbon    Main Square Zagreb

             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later. 🙂
                              Bangkok Hotels                    London Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Mowbray Court hotel
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

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