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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.

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

April 20, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The calm before the storm

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Songkran Thai New Year Celebration, her are tourists arriving at Kho San Road where the army are sweeping the street to get it right for the festivities. Photo credit Bangkok Post.

Mobile gun seller

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Naklua Rd Pattaya are gearing up for April 18 2017.

Weapons of mass destruction

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Buy now and practice at home before the battle begins. πŸ™‚

The local amunition dump

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Beach Road Pattaya amunition dump waits for the troops to arrive.

Rule numbe 3, the water must be cold.

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration April is the hottest month in Thailand so these nice people are making sure you will be cool when hit by 1000 water pistols. πŸ™‚

 Beach Rd Big fish

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration All the attraction have been assembled.

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The big day is getting closer, having said that people have been drowning each other already for the last 5 days.

Vendors setting up

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration It’s 8am on April 19 & the vendors are setting up their stalls for the big day.

Sculptured fruit

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration A work of art, the stall lady said come back later we are giving the food away for free.

Loaded up

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Looking for some early morning buyers.

Discussing todays strategy

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Or is Tubby just trying to chat up a Russian babe?

Look out here they come

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration The army arrive to make sure everyone behaves. πŸ™‚

Cops are here as well

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

Along with a water truck & mobile toilets.

This is the nicest part of Songkran

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Seeing the little kids having fun is a great part of Songkran.

Look out here they come

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Ready to do battle. Photo credit Bangkok Post.

 OK, let the games begin

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

This is 2nd Rd opposite Bic C Marina.

You can run but yu can’t hide. πŸ™‚

 photo a1b49e5f-b175-4dd9-befb-96b0f7a48dc2.jpg The battle rages.

 

 

These videos show the madness & mayhen of Songkran.

Marching into battle

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration These guys are very disiplined marching in a straight line, they are part of ab elite SAS team, (shoot & soak). πŸ™‚

A-One Hotel 

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Every year the A-One hotel on Beach Rd host a huge party. For a very good discount on rooms just book through THIS LINK.

You gotta have foam

 photo aaec2792-108d-4d51-9c58-8f3ccf81cfdb.jpg Preparing the foam zone.

Having fun in the pool

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration To me this makes morte sense tham roaming the streets with a water pistol. πŸ™‚

Lets catch the Baht bus she said…….

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration It will be safer than walking she said……

Out of control Farangs

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Sadly may Farangs (is what Thai people call foreigners) tend to make idiots of themselves spoiling the fgun for everyone. This particular mob is no exception, in fact I will name & shame them. Greg, Dave, Gary & Hamish, sometimes I wonder why I call them friends. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Siam sunset

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration A beautiful sunset while the Songkran party rages.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

Thanks for visiting my Songkran Thai New Year Celebration photo blog.

The Pattaya song

 
 For an excellent budget hotel in north Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

                         What a great year for travel in 2015                  

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Dubrobnik cable car        David Herd Thailand                     

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vun tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

           

             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
Plus free cancelation .πŸ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
That’s all folks

Beach Club Pattaya Bay

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Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

April 20, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The calm before the storm

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Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

April 18, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Driving south from Gosford to Sydney.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour were all waiting for me after my leasurely drive down the east coast from Surfers Paradise in QLD. 

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

The historic Roseville Cinema

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour On the road between Hornsby & Sydney is The historic Roseville Cinema on the Pacific Highway, noted for its art deco facade. It became Traynor’s Picture Palace in 1919, but did not become a full-scale cinema until 1936. Roseville Cinema was renovated & updated to two screens in 1995.

Approaching the Harbour Bridge

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Not too much traffic on a Sunday morning.

World famous Sydney Opera House.

 photo 690bbf5c-dc12-4dd8-baae-2d2062b7ccc4.jpg A fabulous iconic Sydney landmark.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Huge ships dock at Circular Quay because they are too tall to go under the Harbour Bridge.

Naturally Bill had to climb it. πŸ™‚

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Being an ex Para Military man who has made over 500 parachute jumps my friend Bill Austin naturally had to climb to the top of the bridge, and what an amazing view he had from there.

Sydney Harbour Ferry

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Circular Quay ferry terminal.

The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Openned in 1933 it is certainly Australia’s best known landmark.

 Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour For a very good room rate at the Holiday Inn walking distance to Circular Quay just book through THIS LINK.

From the Manly ferry

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour After leaving Circular Quay we pass the Opera House on the way to Manly.

Rose Bay 

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour These boats are moored at the Royal Motor Yacht Club of NSW.

The Sydney Harbour foreshaw

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Sydney harbour is quite amazing, certainly the best in the world.

Arriving at Manly

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour About a 45 minute journey across the wonderful harbour.

My lovely friend Sue from Shanghai

 photo b79831e0-efcd-44db-92d9-0d9e8d1c0c65.jpg A beautiful summers day at Manly.

A little further north.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Dee Why beach is about 7 kms noth of Manly.

For a good place to stay 1/2 way between Manly & Dee Why just book through THIS LINK.

Lets jump to the South side of the harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Here is the city skyline from Watsons Bay.

Doyles on the Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour On this the original site, Doyles opened Australia’s first seafood restaurant in 1885.

Catalina Restaurant Rose Bay

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Family-owned waterfront restaurant known for its upmarket seafood dishes and open veranda bar.

Next stop Bondi Junction

 photo a3af92d0-64ad-4994-bd1c-6a5c94d52436.jpg The junction is very quite indeed of a Sunday. 

 Maroubra Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour This trip I skipped Bondi Beach & went further south straight to Maroubra. For lots more photos just follow THIS LINK.

Back a little north to Coogee

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour More photos HERE.

 Ronin Hood Hotel Waveley

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour 

ORIGINALLY BUILT BY TOOTH & CO. IN 1938 & RECENTLY RESTORED TO ITS ART-DECO GLORY, THE ROBIN HOOD HOTEL IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF BRONTE AND CARRINGTON ROADS IN WAVERLEY (CHARING CROSS).

Wonderful antique pub signs

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour When I was growing up I remember these great signs were on most Australian pubs. 

Typical old Australian home in Waverley.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour I would hate to think what it’s worth today, Sydney prices are outragious. 

House prices in Waverley

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour As you can see you need plenty of money to live in Sydney. πŸ™‚ 

My road trip from QLD has ended

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour My Honda rental car never missed a beat, time to head to the airport.

Apex Car rental

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour It’s worth checking their promotional prices, ofter you can get a terrific rate to relocate one of their vehicles. In my case I rented for 6 days at $19 aud per day. Picked it up at Surfers Paradise & dropped it off at Sydney airport.

A great trip down the coast.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Certainly one of the world’s great coastlines.

A Qantas kerosene canary

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour However I’m flying Singapore Air which leaves Qantas for dead.

Novatel Brighton Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour As we taxi out you can see the Novatel at Brighton, so if you want to stay near the airport just bokk through THIS LINK for an excellent rate.

Siam Sunset

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour An hour away from Bangkok we have a beautiful sunset. Thanks for visiting my Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour photo blog.

                     Here are some more posts to check out
 
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Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
             Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Copacabana        Buda Castle
             London                            Beijing                            Capetown
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            Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .πŸ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

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FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

April 11, 2017 by David Herd | 2 Comments

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos FiveStarVagabond favourite photos taken over many years by me, David Herd. To many people they will be nothing special, however they are very special indeed to me. Sometimes it’s the image itself that appeals & other times it’s the memory of where I was at the time.

My boulevarde of broken dreams.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

Where else but New York City, it was a cold February night on the corner of 8th & W 48th st, I was about to have dinner in a terrific French Brasserie called Pigalle.

Hoi Ann Vietnam

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos I doubt if there is any photo I have taken that I like better than this one.

 Songkran in Thailand

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos My number one Songkran photo taken in Pattaya. Each year a massive water fight is held to commemorate the new year.  The downside is the hundreds of lives that are lost on the roads during the Seven days of madness.

 

Kanazawa Japan

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos This beautiful garden is at Kanazawa Castle. This great Japanese city west of Tokyo  was a real surprise packet.

A typical Sunday on Copacabana Beach

 photo 6e2af713-0bd5-4d9c-8195-d79c3cd05fae.jpg What more can you say about Rio De Janeiro that hasn’t already been said? A beautiful exciting city with some of the best beaches in the world.

Verona Italy

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Coffee time in Verona. 

Sunset &  Silhouettes

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Opposite my condo in Beach Rd Pattaya. 

Cloud over Pattaya

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

There is something special about clouds & I’m so lucky lving in Pattaya where the clouds & sunsets are spectacular.

Praia da Pipa north east Brazil

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Praia da Pipa may well be one of the most idealic spots on planet Earth, I really must return one day.

A quick paint job in Nha Trang Vietnam.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos I really love these timber fishing boats.

Gold Hill Shaftesbury

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos This town in Dorset where the view looking down from the top of the street has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England.

 Poolside in Koh Samui

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos A beautiful beachside pool on the island of Koh Samui.

The most beautiful skin colour in the world.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Copababana beach, where else πŸ™‚

The saddest face I have ever seen.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos I was in HCMC aka Saigon when approached by this little girl begging for money. I knew she would give it to her mother waiting nearby, & possibly the mother would have to hand it over to local gangsters. Consequently I filled a plate of food which she devoured rather quickly.

There is nothing quite like a Siam sunset in Pattaya.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

This amazing view is from my Markland Condo in Beach Rd Pattaya.

Last but not least.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Am I having fun in Paraty, you bet I am. Three hours from Rio & one of my favourite towns in Brazil.

Thanks for visiting my FiveStarVagabond favourite photos blog. Without a doubt there will be a volume two. πŸ™‚

Here is THE LINK I use for hotel discounts.

Please check out some of the most popular below, and thank you for visiting.

         Zagreb Croatia              Rio de Janeiro                  Brisbane River 

Main Square Zagreb          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels         Brisbane Australia

           Koh Samui                          Korea                                  London

Thailand island          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels          St Pauls Cathredal London

         Bangkok                                Osaka                                     Pattaya

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                Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .πŸ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

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Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

March 28, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip seeing lots of friends & in particular caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. πŸ™‚ So many great memories came flooding back, it was certainly wonderful week Surfers Paradise. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.

Here we are 26 years ago.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991. 

Melbas on the Park

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

I first visited this iconic bar on New Years Day 1982, 35 years ago. The reason I am so sure of the date is it was the day after my unforgettable NYE on Sydney harbour with my overloaded boat being showered by sky rockets.

First stop Kingscliff only a 40 minute drive.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Just a quick stop for a very good breakfast and some photos.

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip The name of the cafe was Kettles On & the breakfast was excellent.

Miles of deserted beach at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Certainly an idealic place to live.

Kingscliff to Yamba

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

About a 2 hour drive to Yamba on the Clarence river, this is my first visit to this pleasant little coastal town.

The sea was angry that day my friends….

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Many thanks to Gearge Castanza. πŸ™‚

Discounted room rates at Yamba through THIS LINK.

 Mexican

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Strangely Mexican food has never been on my list of favourites.

Mexican! That’s not a Mexican, this is a Mexican.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

My apologies Pablo.

Yamba to Port Macquarie

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A 3.5 hour drive with a stop at Grafton for a Maccas.

Old habits die hard…

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Over the years I think I have stopped here at Grafton 20 times for a strawberry shake.

 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip, Port Macquarie.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip The mouth of the Hastings River in Port Macquarie.

Centre of town

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Port has quite a large shopping centre & a population of 80,00 & growing rapidly.

Expected growth

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A very popular area with a good climate and about a 4’5 hour drive to Sydney.

Port Macquarie to Gosford.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

With a brief stop at Newcastle to say hi to my old mate Barry Madden.

Barry Madden

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Barry & I worked together in the mid 90s with NRMA as financial planners. 

The Settlers Tavern Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

A terrific T Bone at Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

Early morning workout

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip It was aperfect Sunday morning for a workout for these rowers.

Gosford to Sydney 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

The final leg of my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip.

Maroubra Beach

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip One of Sydney’s famous southern beaches.

Chaotic Coogee Beach.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Late afternoon & most people have gone home or to the pub. πŸ™‚

For a great room rate in Coogee or anywhere in the world just book through THIS LINK.

Classic Australian pub picture

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip This is the Robin Hood hotel at Waverly, however years ago these fabulous pictures were found on most Aussie pubs.

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip photo blog. 

             Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Dubrobnik cable car        David Herd Thailand                     

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

         

                                    Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .πŸ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

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Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

March 26, 2017 by David Herd

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

 Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney where on a sunny weekend thousands of people head for the pubs & restaurants as well as the famous beach. 

Beach or the pool

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Decisions decisions, the answer is whatever you prefer. πŸ™‚

The pool & surf club are an iconic landmark

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney What a fabulous setting, absolutely breathtaking. Located right beside the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

The main attraction is the beautiful beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney This is around 5pm so most of the crowd have gome home or to the pub.

Rock pool at northern end of Coogee Beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Late afternoon as the sun sinks in the west. 

Copacabana or Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Seeing the beach volley ball always reminds me of Copacabana where I have been lucky enough to visit 8 times between 1999 & 2010.

This is what brings the crowds

 photo b30bc5ef-4740-408b-8740-b4fc2117f03c.jpg Magnificent Coogee Beach.

Wonderful views from these homes.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Can you imagine how much it would cost to live here?

The average Coogee home price is $2,627,000 for a house & $1,o39,500 for a condo. However these overlooking the ocean & beach would be double that.

 Here are serviced apartments for rent.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Amazing location overlooking the beach, ideal for a long stay. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

Would you prefer to stay in a Dive?

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Don’t be fooled by the name, the location is fantastic overlooking Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney. Book the Dive Hotel through THIS LINK.

Picnic in the park

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Check out the seagulls waiting for some scraps. πŸ™‚

Or have a BBQ

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Cooking facilities are available here.

 Coogee Bay Road

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Lots of restaurants, cafes & flash cars.

Lots of sidewalk cafes

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Plenty of places to eat in Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Coogee Bay Road

 photo 26a9af44-ad4f-459c-ab95-78d6af6f61e5.jpg Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

As you can see the traffic is bumper to bumper & finding a car park is like winning the lottery.

 Coogee Bay Hotel

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney One of the most famous hotels in Sydney and possibly the busiest.

Sunday afternoon session

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Noisy and busy at the Coogee Bay Hotel.

Coogee Pavilion

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney  Coogee Pavilion is a multi-storey dining destination created by Sydney hotel baron Justin Hemmes.

 Surf club entrance at southern end of the beach

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney What a perfect day for taking photos.

Southern end of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Grand Pacific accommodation & the Barzura Cafe.

Coogee Crown Plaza

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Sunday session at the Crown Plaza.

Crown Plaza is a great location 

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney           photo 130dbc35-3887-4945-983d-07135ef5f163.jpg          Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Great views over the beach from this excellent hotel, Use THIS LINK for a terrific discount on a room with a view.

The older side of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Many parts of Coogee are quite ancient as you can see, probably worth several million as a devlopement site here in Arden Street.

This one is certainly worth preserving.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Not sure if it will be kept as a private recidence or a guest house.

Overlooking Coogee Bay

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney As you can see Coogee is quite hilly.

Important safety message

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun blockout, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER wore hats or used sun protection.

Thanks for visiting my Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney photo blog, before you leave please check out Maroubra Beach which is a few kms south of Coogee.

 

              Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Dubrobnik cable car        David Herd Thailand                     

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

         

       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

March 25, 2017 by David Herd

Sunday in Maroubra

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb located 10 klms south of the city was so busy on this beautiful sunny Sunday. Just finding a place to park the car was a major frustrating excercise. 

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Some of the expensive apartments overlooking the beach. In fact the average price of an apartment in Maroubra is around $850,000, however those in the photo would be more than double that. The average house price in the suburb is $1,840,000. 

Here is what makes Maroubra famous

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Without a doubt Sydney’s beaches are among the best in the world. In my opinion the only country that can compare is Brazil, especially Florianopolis.

One of Sydney’s best surfing beaches. 

 photo 78c4c95e-9690-4c20-8bb0-43ea127655cb.jpg Everyone is waiting for a wave to ride.

The blue building is the surf club.

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb You can clearly see the lookout tower where the lifesavers keep a close eye on the swimmers.

A favourite photo

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb You have the camera man, the babe doing excercises, the Bra Boy heading for the surf & a couple just watching the action.  Bra Boys are a notorious surf gang, at their home beach Maroubra.

In December 2005 riots broke out between Muslum gangs from Sydneys Western suburbs & Eastern suburbs surfers. Follow THIS LINK for details. Contrary to popular opinion I personally was proud of the Aussie surfers that day.

That’s a huge zoom lens

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb No doubt tis guy is a serious photographer. πŸ™‚ 

 Important safety message

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun blockout, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER use sun protection.

A great family enviroment

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb What a place to grow up & to have fun on a magificent beach like Maroubra.

 Sidewalk cafes

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Similar to every other Sydney beachside suburb sidewalk cafes abound.

Dive Hotel

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb A great view from this boutique hotel overlooking Coogee Beach, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Location

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

As you can see Maroubra lies south of other fanous beaches such as Bondi & Coogee. 

Thanks for visiting my Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb photo blog. For a great discount at Crowne Plaza hotel or other properties in Coogee just book through THIS LINK.

                What a great year for travel in 2015                  

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

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Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

March 24, 2017 by David Herd

Brisbane Water

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Gosford Central Coast near Sydney is located on Brisbane Water just 80 km north of Sydney. Growing up in Sydney this area was where our family would spend our annual holidays.

Breakfast at Tommys Cafe at Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Before driving to Coogee in Sydney I decided I needed a good breakfast.

Scrambled eggs & avocado

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney On Turkish toast of course. πŸ™‚ TripAdvisor rate #6 of 101 Restaurants in Gosford.

A delightful spot in Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

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I wish I could find Turkish bread in Thailand.

Perfect sunday morning in Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney From Gosford it’s just a short cruise to the magnificent Hawksbury River, 

Starship Cruises

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney The “Lady Kendall” will take you on a 2.5 hour cruise for $37.

 Gosford Sailing Club Club

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Located on the foreshore of Brisbane Water. Check it out through THIS LINK.

Shooting some photos

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

I never go anywhere without my Canon. πŸ™‚ 

A perfect place for a picnic

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney A lovely waterfront park beside the sailing club.

Central Coast Stadium

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney The stadium has picturesque views over the Brisbane water.

Quality Inn the Willows

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

The Settlers Tavern

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

A terrific T Bone have Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

All the meals were excellent

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney My friend Geoff had the pasta & his fiance Nana ordered a huge meal of steak & seafood. Geoff is a regular visitor to Thailand, follow THIS LINK to see his 50th birthday party.

Time to head south to Sydney.

 photo 104e1d4a-d0ad-48f8-bf12-4b38ae059e25.jpg The last leg of my road trip is just a short drive south to Sydney along the Pacific Highway. 

And here I am approaching the bridge.

 photo b119b4a1-15c6-4189-aa09-b130e87f80c8.jpg It’s been a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Thanks for visiting my Gosford Central Coast near Sydney photo blog.

         Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.

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             Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo

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        Hong Kong                        Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik

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Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

January 28, 2017 by David Herd

North Pattaya 

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 photo blog covers the first 6 months of this year. No big travel plans except for visiting Australia in March & a couple of weekends in Bangkok.

This beautiful shot of North Pattaya includes the building where I live, just before the Holiday Inn.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 1st half of 2017.

Dave Elder & Hamish Elton

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Two friends & I ding at Signature Steak & Seafood, sadly due to the slow down in Pattaya they closed their on January 31st.

Excellent steak at Signature.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 I will be so sad to see this restaurant close.

 Jim’s Hamburgers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

A great casual restaurant for craft beer & hamburgers. From the left we have Matt, Jonathon, Hamish, Davis & Wayne.

 Say no more, these are the best burgers in Pattaya.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 They come in two sizes. small at B195 or large around B300.

Cloud over Koh Larn

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017  Throughout my life I have lived in many places with a great view, however none come close to Pattaya bay.

And when you talk about sunsets

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 In my opinion the best I have ever seen are those from Markland my Pattaya condo.

Another special treat in Pattaya

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

Four or 5 times a week I enjoy reading my Kindle while having an hour foot massage for B260 including 30% tip.

Two Aussie mates from the Gold Coast.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Nick Partridge rarely smiles in a photo. big Steve Reade always does. πŸ™‚

We lost a great character & friend on January 23.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

I wrote the following eulogy & posted it on his Facebook page.

Today we lost Lazzorghini, a one off Austrian designed party machine who thought too much over indulgence was never enough. Originally designed as a concept model it was soon discovered it was for too complex to ever be mass produced. 
 
Powered by a big heart & steered through life’s many hazards by a gentle soul. 
 
A  rather over-engineered unit that needed regular maintenance after many long happy journeys through smoked filled dens of iniquity that continually promoted sex, drugs & rock &roll.
 
Often sat idle for weeks on end during the repair process before exploding back on the group one circuit, where it would function non stop for days, providing of course that adequate lubrication was orally administered.
 
Adored by a huge number of fans, family & friends our special Lazzorghini will be sadly missed.
 
RIP little buddy.

Larry’s friends

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 We gathered at the Atlantic bar to raise a glass & remember out great friend, RIP.

Starbucks

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Here is one of the new Starbucks on Beach Rd near Soi 6, the other one is at Big C. I often have coffee & a ham & cheese croissant for breakfast.

Drinks at the Hilton Sky Bar.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 With friends Wayne Crocker & Hamish Elton.

One of my favourite photos.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Taken on February 10th 2017 from in front of Markland Condo in North Pattaya.

 The Atlantic Bar is my bar of choice.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 My favourite time is early in the evening before the crowd arrives.

My new Skechers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 You can buy them at the Skechers shop in Central Festival for B4,500, ($128 USD) or do what I do, purchase online from Lazada for B2,100. ($60 USD). πŸ™‚ 

My favourite selfie 

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

An overcast Friday morning in Pattaya did not stop this princess from going to the beach to take 100 selfies.

Taken March 24 2017.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017                

It doesn’t get much better than this. πŸ™‚

The other exciting event in March apart from the above was my 2 week trip to Australia which included a road trip from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Big Viv Kennelly & team

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand I took them to Leckerle in Naklua Soi 33 & they loved it. πŸ™‚

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

Next visitor was Paul Mooney

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Paul was on his way to Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Seoul.

Hilton Sky Bar

 photo Hilton A team_1.jpg Drinks at Horizon to celebrate Hamish living in Pattaya for 10 years followed by dinner at Patrick’s Steak House.

David, Nidd & Hamish.

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Certainly a world class venue on the Hilton Hotel roof.

Sean & his evil twin.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 You certainly don’t have to look far to find two of the roughest heads in Pattaya, there is a frightening similarity in looks between Sean Tucker & Pothole Martin, PH naturally plays the role of the evil twin.

Hamish goes to Koh Chang

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 A day swimming with the elephants.

Here is his lovely girlfriend Nitt.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

She looks damn good on an elephant. πŸ™‚

In March I took a road trip down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Here are some more posts to check out 

              Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
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               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
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Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

January 14, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya sunset 

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm offering a range of cocktails for only B330 for two or around $9 usd.

Big crowd

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Three reasons I guess, it’s happy hour, it’h high season in January & i’ts an amazing view of Pattaya.

Hole in the roof to watch the stars.

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Once again I’m guessing that’s why they put the hole in the roof. πŸ™‚

From a different aspect

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar All through the Hilton the design & architecture is fabulous.

Electric blue mini bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar What a magnificent colour.

 Looking north

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar The buildings at the top left are at Wongamat Beach.

Beautiful sunset

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar We are so lucky living in Pattaya, we really get the best sunsets, storms as well as magnificent clouds that float across Pattaya Bay.

Looking west

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar A few minutes after sunset the view is breathtaking looking towards Koh Larn island.

Full house

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar It’s certainly a good idea to book a table in the high season.

 Aussies in paradise

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Wayne Croker with the rabbit ears is from Brisbane enjoying a short golfing holiday in Pattaya, & Hamish Elton lives & works from his home office on Pratumnak Hill. Here is the view Hamish has when laying by his pool. πŸ™‚

All the city lights come on

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar It’s really worthwhile watching the city change from daylight to dark.

Same shot different tone

 photo Hilton sky bar 19.jpg Different camera setting for a warmer shot. πŸ™‚

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Check out THIS LINK for other places in Pattaya to enjoy dinner or a cocktail, none however have a more spectacular view than the Hilton Sky Bar.

 Looking northwest

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Pattaya has become a big city as you can clearly see.

 Back to where we started.

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar This was 30 minutes before sunset.

Farewell from the Hilton

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Thanks for visiting my Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar photo blog.

Wait a minute, we’re back

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar March 28 celebration 10 years in Thailand for Hamish. πŸ™‚

While we are here lets throw in a sunset.

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Another spectacular sunset on March 28 2017.

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