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Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

March 20, 2017 by David Herd

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW was my first stop after leaving Surfers Paradise where I had spent a week catching up with friends. My plan was to travel down the coast to Sydney stopping at various coastal towns on the way.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW A fairly typical coastal town with lots of coffee shops, tourists & terrific beaches.

For instance

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Miles & miles of surf & sand & deserted at 9am on Wednesday March 8th 2017.

Short walk from the beach to the shops

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSWKingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW is a tourist destination with a population of a little over 6,000 with beach and estuary access for swimming, surfing, fishing and all types of water sports.

 Kingscliff Northern Rivers NSW

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff is only 14 kms from Coolangatta airport.

Location

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW It’s obvious why Kingscliff is so popular given how close it is to the Gold Coast.

A beautiful day

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff by the beach.

Kingscliff estuary

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW A nice peaceful picnic area.

 Picnic area beside the estuary.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Grab the morning paper & relax under the trees.

Time to hit the road & head south

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW I got an amazing deal on my hire car from Apex, 6 days hire and drop it off at Sydney airport for only $150, a special relocation deal.

Here we go

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW After an excellent breakfast I’m on the road again.

Hundreds of new townhouses

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW So many new homes, the demand is obviously here.

Other towns heading south.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW All are nice little seaside villages, I may well wind up in this area when I return permanently to Australia in the next few years.

This was Chinderah on the way to Kingscliff.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW One lazy pelican and Mount Warning in the distance.

The highway to Byron Bay.

 photo Driving to Byron Bay 1.jpg I thought I would bypass Byron Bay and head for Yamba.

Road tunnel

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Cutting through the hills.

Inside the tunnel

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Lucky for me there is very little traffic.

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Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

August 18, 2015 by David Herd

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy is the largest Italian lake. The wealthy and the snobbish will always prefer Lake Como because that’s what they read about in the social pages and gossip columns, the experienced traveller however would most certainly choose Lake Garda as the more interesting and user friendly location.

Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest and most visited lake. The lake is 51km long but only 17km wide at its widest point in the south. The distance around the lake is 158km. Picturesque villages, medieval castles, and lakeside promenades dot the shoreline.

Swimming at Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern ItalyThe lake has numerous small islands and five main ones, the largest being Isola del Garda. Nearby to the south is Isola San Biagio, also known as the Isola dei Conigli(“Island of the Rabbits”). Both are offshore of San Felice del Benaco, on the west side. The three other main islands are Isola dell’Olivo, Isola di Sogno, and Isola di Trimelone, all farther north near the east side. The main tributary is the Sarca River, while the only outlet is the Mincio River.

Relaxing beside Lake Garda

 

Beautiful Lake Garda northern ItalyThere are many delightful cafes and restaurants around the lake where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine.

 

Beautiful Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 Lake Garda is known for its clear water, great for swimming in summer. Windsurfing, sailing, and hiking in the lake’s many parks are popular activities.

Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Is it surprising that Italy is my favourite European country?

Lakeside restaurant

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

A perfect spot to relax by the lake.

Lake Garda church

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

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Fabulous colours

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Magnificent colours on the buildings.

Shopping arcade beside the lake

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Shop, drink coffee or enjoy pasta for lunch.

Ferry at Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

You can also explore the lake from the ferry.

Old castle

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

The lake has a diverse landscape with beaches along the southern shores and rocky cliffs above the northern shoreline.

North of Lake Garda.

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

The surrounding countryside is magnificent.

The Castle of Sirmione on Lake Garda.

Sirmione castle Lake GardaThe Sirmione castle is the most significant example of the defensive structures on Lake Garda. Between the 13th and 14th centuries, the village of Sirmione was a border town situated between the land owned by the Della Scala dynasty of Verona and the property of the lords of Milan. The original nucleus was delimited by a tall square wall with three towers, and was probably built on top of the remains of a Roman fortress.

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Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

August 17, 2015 by David Herd

Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, it’s a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta.

Fabulous Lake Como home

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Lake Como weather is generally mild. It is known for its Mediterranean-like climate where sub-tropical plants can grow year-round, Average daily temperatures range from about 2 °C (36 °F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in July.

Bellagio on Lake Como northern Italy

Bellagio Lake Como

Bellagio is a wonderful upmarket village on Lake Como, certainly a place that attracts the wealthy. Bellagio & Lake Como are both beautiful and famous, however I do prefer the larger Lake Garda which is a couple of hours east. I found it more “user friendly” in so much as there were many more places you could actually access the lake itself. The wealthy and the snobbish will always pick Como because that’s what they read about in the fashion magazines and gossip columns, but the experienced traveller I believe would choose Lake Garda as the more interesting location.


My little road rocket

  Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy This little car really covered a lot of miles in the coming weeks, all the way to Saint Tropez, Cinque Terre, Menton, Breil Sur Roya, Verona, Pejo, St Moritz and Salzburg.

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My fantastic road trip.

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Taking the shortcut across Lake Como northern Italy.

West side Lake Como

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

It is a rather short trip on the ferry.

For whom the bell tolls

  Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy Pardon me quoting the title of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel, however I’m sure he would have sometime in his life sipped his double daiquiris on the shore of Lake Como. 🙂  

Hemingway did enjoy a drink

Ernist Hemingway

What a fabulous old photo.

San Giacomo Church, Ossuccio

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy This Romanesque church is situated along the shore at Spurano, Ossuccio.  It was built between the 10th and 12th centuries. The sail bell tower on the outside wasn’t built until after the 14th century.  The double arched apse is typical of the local architecture and inside the church you can see visible traces of original frescoes.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo Dining outside on the terrace overlooking the lake with the lights of Bellagio twinkling is a magical experience.  

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Way above my pay grade I’m afraid. 🙂

Como Cathedral

  Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

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Como

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern ItalyComo is a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy. It is the administrative capital of the Province of Como. Its proximity to Lake Como and to the Alps has made Como a popular tourist destination and the city contains numerous works of art, churches, gardens, museums, theatres, parks and palaces.

  Veal Scallopini

  veal scallopini comoOne of my favourite meals is veal scallopini and this dish I had in Como at the restaurant shown below was perhaps the best I have ever experienced.  

Main square opposite Cathedral

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

The food here was fantastic.

Restaurant on the square

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

A beautiful summer day in Como.

Como by the lake

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

As you can see the weather was absolutely perfect at the end of June.

 Garage for the boat

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

I would be very happy living here, 🙂

I’m enjoying a coffee in Bellagio.

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