The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Sydney Inner City Adventure July 2018

July 11, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Restored Victorian buildings and street art.

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure using Newtown, a diverse, bohemian neighbourhood that bustles with activity day and night, as my home base for a four day birthday celebration.

46 Egan St

Sydney Inner City Adventure I stayed with my lovely niece Alyssa in this little terrace house about 200 meters from the main drag.  I can’t believe the rent they pay in Sydney, this little joint is $730 pw.

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure Here is Elyssa with her dad, boyfriend Chris & daughter Isabel (who doesn’t look too happy.)

The best breakfast in Newtown.

Sydney Inner City Adventure It’s a cafe called Dr Earth & you get all this including an excellent coffee for $16.50.

Different day different cook. 🙂

Sydney Inner City Adventure Same breakfast different style.

One of the many Newtown pubs.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Great spot for a beer or 2 on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Dinner at The Bach Eatery

Sydney Inner City Adventure A delightful New Zealand restaurant serving interesting food. Bach is Kiwi talk for weekender.

Chicken liver pate.

Sydney Inner City Adventure TripAdvisor is #2 of 128 Restaurants in Newtown.

A view of the busy main St at Bach.

Sydney Inner City Adventure One of the many eateries offering multicultural fare which caters to locals and University of Sydney students.

The Old Darlington School

Sydney Inner City Adventure We walked from Newtown to Chippendale to have lunch at Central Park & passed this wonderful old Darlington School on the way.

Old Darlington School

Sydney Inner City Adventure

A fine example of a single storey Gothic Revival style suburban schools designed by the Architect to the Council of Education: George Allen Mansfield. An important public building of the former suburb of Darlington, the smallest municipality in Sydney.

Central Court

Sydney Inner City Adventure Many more new buildings should copy this great idea with lots of plants covering the whole site. Check out THIS LINK on this wonderful building.

My lovely niece Elyssa.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Enjoying lunch at Din Tai Fung. TripAdvisor rating is #1,494 of 5,042 Restaurants in Sydney.

Cruise Bar at Circular Quay

Sydney Inner City Adventure Here is Laura anther one of my lovely nieces & her husband Jordan belting out a few numbers on a cold Sunday afternoon.

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure It was terrific catching up with this lovely couple.

Circular Quay Sydney

Sydney Inner City Adventure What a fabulous part of this great city.

Newtown street art

Sydney Inner City Adventure One man’s graffiti is another man’s street art. 🙂

Sydney Inner City Adventure

Sydney Inner City Adventure The street art really brightens up my Sydney Inner City Adventure. 

Saturday July 7 at Mr Wong

Sydney World's Best Harbour I celebrated my birthday with my old boss & friend from Sanyo Office Machines Ross Radford. I worked for Ross in Adelaide & Melbourne way back in the 70s.

Heading east up William Street Darlinghurst

Sydney Inner City Adventure On my way to Woolahra for dinner at Big Mamas.

Let the games begin.

Sydney Inner City Adventure Pre dinner drinks with Wayne (Woody) Morris, we spent some time together in Vietnam in 2015.

Two more friends at Big mamma’s

Sydney Inner City Adventure Roland Bonnici & Robbie Bonett, Roland is a well known Sydney Barrister & Robbie owns Sydney Wheel Repairs and Tyres in Victoria Rd Drummoyne.

Sydney Fish Market

Sensational Sydney Fish Market My brother Bryan Herd & Viv Kennelly, for more shots of the market just follow THIS LINK.. Many thanks for visiting my Sydney Inner City Adventure photo blog.

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Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

June 20, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Eat to live, or live to eat?

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

 Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure in May 2018, started with the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Sendai, then I flew to Sapporo before another flight south to Nagoya. After a couple of overcast days I had a short trip on the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Four days later I rested in Hikone for 2 days before spending my final night in Narita.

The Yakitori chicken above was in Tokyo & absolutely mouth watering. 🙂

Sushizanmai is my favourite sushi chain of restaurants.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Always fresh & delicious.

Grilled Avocado at the Cellar Grill Omotosando in Tokyo.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Quite an amazing taste.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure continues in Sendai

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Sendai is famous for oysters, “a cold current that contains nutrient-rich water travels down the coast from north to south. The two currents collide at around the Sanriku area, which includes the coast of Miyagi Prefecture.” The mixing of these currents leads to plankton blooms, which attract migrating fish. “This same nutrient- and plankton-rich water makes Matsushima Bay oysters delicious,” these wild oysters were first discovered as a culinary delight and harvested from Matsushima Bay back in the 17th century.

Salmon & almonds was delicious.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure At the ANA Holiday Inn in Sendai.

Mongolian Lamb in Sapporo.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Lunch at the Beer Garden should certainly be on your bucket list.

Rare roast beef salad at Bistro Masuya Sapporo

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Something a little different for a change.

Sapporo seafood market

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Hokkaido of course is famous for seafood.

While on the subject of seafood markets,

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Here I am at Omicho market in Kanazawa in 2016.

Can you believe they sprinkle edible gold leaf  on top?

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Kanazawa’s history with gold leaf began 400 years ago. Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo) used to make gold leaf, Kanazawa now is the only remaining production hub of the coveted craft. 

Lunch at Nagoya

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure A chicken & salad wrap followed by a cream bun.

Yakitori for dinner in Nagoya

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Asparagus wrapped in pork.

Yakitori for dinner in Osaka.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure You probably realise by now how much I love Yakitori. 🙂

I also found my fabulous grilled avocado again in Osaka.

Osaka 1st night (71) Talk about my Gastronomical Japanese Adventure, this creation ranks right up there with the best.

Succulent steak in Kyoto

Gion day one (22) Cooked to perfection.

Fabulous Ramen at Miami Ave restaurant in Kagoshima.

Miami Ave good restaurant (3) This city is a long way off the beaten track but really worth a visit.

Dolphin Port sushi train

Dolphin Port sushi train (4)How good is this?

The happy guys at Dolphin Port.

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure They all love a photo. 🙂

I’m still in Kagoshima 

Unagi (5) I really love Unagi (eel)

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure

Gorm's (1) Fabulous Pizza at Gorms, which hails from Copenhagen. I first ordered this in their Nagasaki branch, then I repeated the effort in Fukuoko. 🙂

More wonderful food in Kagoshima

Gastronomical Japanese Adventure Yakitori to die for at the Kagomma Furusato Food Village.

Duck Confit in Hikkone

Apprenti (6) Absolutely mouth watering & cooked to perfection.

Giant Gyozo aat the Spiral Staircase in Narita.

Spiral Staircase restaurant (8) An excellent all you can eat restaurant 10 minutes walk from Narita station.

Here are some locals I met in Kyoto.

1 Had a few beers with these nice locals in a tiny beer bar in Gion.

Hamosh & I drinking ice cold Ashari in Osaka.

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Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

October 18, 2017 by David Herd

Our Hotel was in a great location

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

Four Aussies Chiang Mai AdventureFour Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure, our hotel the Dusit Princess is the white building on the left. Without a doubt this is the very best location in Chiang Mai.

A terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

 Across the road from our hotel

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Burger King & Hard Rock Cafe are there if you don’t want to eat Thai food. 🙂

Of course sometimes it rains.

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure When it rains in Thailand it really rains. 🙂

 Opposite the Dusit Princess.

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Only 50 meters up the road is the famous night market.

 Entrance to the night market

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Not just a night market but lot’s of bars & restaurants, many specializing in live seafood.

Forty winks

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

Relaxing at the night market.

LadyBoys everywhere. 🙂

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure It looks like Patrick has found some soul mates. 🙂

Of course if you want a massage

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure There are many available not as suspect as this one. 🙂

 Three Aussies

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Here are 3 of the 4 Aussies on this trip besides Patrick, Steven & Justin Bates & yours truly David Herd.

Patrick is around 200 cm tall. 🙂

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure He returned to his home in Singapore for his 51st birthday on October 8.

 Le Meridien Hotel

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Another great location, for a terrific room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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The Meridien has an excellent Italian restaurant.

So many food outlets

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure In fact I’m doing a separate blog on some of the great Chiang Mai restaurants we found, including David’s Kitchen & Whole Earth which were both excellent. 

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure We flew Nok Air return from Bangkok & I must say it was an absolute pleasure, the best budget airline I have flown with.

Dusit Princess good rooms & great location

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand 

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Life changing adventure 1964

May 7, 2016 by David Herd

My personal story from the 6os, (not a travel bog)

Passport photo April 1964

Life changing adventure

Life changing adventure

Life changing adventure 1964 really was a rite of passage for me. My best friend Glenn Beasley and I boarded the Fairsea in Sydney on May 7 1964 for a six week journey to Southampton in England. I spent the next 15 months having the time of my life in the U.K. and Europe as well as a stint as a junior engineer on a cargo ship plying its trade between Europe and America.

Rites of passage definition

Ceremonies that mark important transitional periods in a person’s life. 

Boarding the Fairsea

Life changing adventure

It was May 7th 1964 the beginning of my first huge adventure.

The Brisbane River

Life changing adventure

Our first stop was Wellington before crossing back over the Tasman to Brisbane then on to Singapore. We met lots of friends and partied hard all the way to NZ but sadly many of these new found friends left the ship in Wellington and were replaced by lots of elderly passengers.

We were spending a lot of time with three nice girls from Melbourne, Robyn Pearson, Libby Durston & Sue Jameson. Luckily I still have my dairy to help me recall the names. 🙂 That’s Libby and sue in the photo above.

We left Brisbane on May 14 and the first night the seas were very rough indeed, many of the passengers and some of the crew were seasick, luckily for us we were quite ok.

The “old shipboard romance”.

Life changing adventure

Two days out of Brisbane I met Leanne Scott from Adelaide and we started seeing each other regularly, well as regularly as she would let me. 🙂

The “mad hatters” night

Life changing adventure

There were all sorts of special nights arranged by the crew to keep the passengers occupied. I will have to retrieve some more photos next time in in Oz. If this photo was in colour you would be able to see the bright red knickers I had wrapped around the ice bucket. 🙂

 Sadly I have no personal photos from Singapore however looking through my diary reminds me of some of the things I saw there. Singapore was a very dirty shabby city, there were hundreds perhaps thousands of people sleeping on the streets and footpaths. Follow this link for some interesting information about cleaning up the rivers in Singapore.

Singapore From Cavenagh bridge now & then.

Life changing adventure

You would never recognise the city back then.

Bugis Street

Life changing adventure

This was a famous street mainly for transgenders or LadyBoys as we call them in Thailand.

Bugis Street in the 60s

Life changing adventure

Singapore in the 60s bears no resemblance to Singapore in 2015.

Life changing adventure at the Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo 

Life changing adventure

In 1962 the island was called Ceylon, now of course it is Sri Lanka. Anyhow we absolutely fell in love with the place and even spoke about leaving the ship and staying for a while. Impractical of course as our main luggage was in the ships hold which put a stop the that whimsical idea.

The usual tourist photo in Colombo

Life changing adventure

Sadly I have very few photos from the trip as my camera purchased in Singapore for 16 Quid turned out to be a dud.

Aden in Yemmen

 Life changing adventure

Next port of call was Aden, however we did not dock, instead the ship anchored in the harbour and we bought cheap trinkets etc from the bum boats that came out to meet us.

From my diary; I took Leanne ashore and we spent a couple of hours walking around the city, the heat was intense, it must have been around 110 degrees. We met some friends from the ship and had a few beers in the Grande Hotel before returning to the ship.

My money was starting to get low because in this weather you rarely had a beer out of your hand.

Life changing adventure, next stop Cairo  

Life changing adventure

We left the boat at the entrance to the Suez Canal and took an organised tour to Cairo and the Pyramids. As you can see I was fully equipped with my Fez and camel. 🙂

My iconic photo

Life changing adventure

Glenn & I at the great pyramids of Egypt which was certainly the highlight so far in our Life changing adventure . From Cairo we travelled by bus along one of the branches of the Nile, for several hundred yards each side of the river the land was green and fertile from irrigation. Then it abruptly became dry hot barren desert, my thoughts at the time were I would like to visit again one day. So far this has not happened.

Naples

Life changing adventure

Our final stop was Naples where many of our friends departed for various parts of Europe. Some of them we would hook up with again in London. Glenn & I hit a few bars with our friends David Wright and Allan Bremner but were were not too impressed with the city. We were ever less impressed when a slick conman relieved us of a few quid and a few cartons on cigarettes. Oh well, it was a lesson well learnt and not too much damage was done, except to our pride. 🙂

Our 6 week voyage ended in Southampton on June 6 1964, we all had a truly great trip even though during the last week we were all desperate to get our feet on dry land. Now our London adventure was about to start and the fact is the party had only just begun.

Life changing adventure is just beginning.

Life changing adventure

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