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.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road FiveStarVagabond

July 17, 2018 by David Herd

The Long & Winding Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road that I have ever taken over all my years of travelling the world. Starting with a six week cruise way back in the 60s from Sydney to Southampton. I’m boarding the Fairsea with my best friend Glenn Beasley.

The old shipboard romance

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Leanne Scot was from Adelaide, we spent a lot of time together during the 6 week cruise & later living in London. More photos on THIS LINK.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road We worked for a few months at the White Lion Hotel in Cobham, about 20 miles south east of London. We lived upstairs & had 1.5 days off each week. The pub closed around 2012.

7th engineer on the La Maria.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road I did two trips from Europe to Duluth in the Great Lakes in America, whilst not the longest voyage in distance it certainly was in time at sea, around 6 months.

My longest taxi ride, around 300 kilometers.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road We travelled from Natal to Recife around the coast of north east Brazil.

Praia de Pipa

Longest Trips Air Sea Road On the way we stayed in Pipa for a few days, it became one of my favourite places in Brail.

Porto de Galinhas

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Is an hour south of Recife, in English it means the port of the chickens.

My lovely travelling companion

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Simone & I met online 3 or 4 years ago & we always catch up when I’m in Brazil.

A very long road trip.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road 

Three Japanese students, Yukako, Megumi & Noriko & I travelled from the Gold Coast in Queensland, through Broken Hill  NSW to Coober Pedy in South Australia, a fascinating opal mining town where most of the population live in underground houses, then on to Ayers Rock and back home to the Gold Coast via Hervey Bay where we went whale watching. On our marathon journey all through the Australian Outback we traveled 7,000 kilometers  which was around 82 hours behind the wheel. 

It was a wonderful trip

Longest Trips Air Sea Road The girls were so excited seeing the Australian outback that it made the trip much more special for me.

It’s way out of focus but you get the picture.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road At sunset the rock seems to glow.

Whale watching at Hervey Bay

Longest Trips Air Sea Road This was our last stop after the longest road trip I have ever taken.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Such magnificent creatures.

My longest flight was from Rio de Janeiro to Brisbane.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Thirty five hours with a 8 hour stopover in Buenos Aires. It was the stopover from hell, I flew 3 hours to Buenos Aires from Rio, then an eight hour wait for my flight to Sydney at 2am with a stop in Auckland, then a 3 hour wait in Sydney before arriving on the Gold Coast at 3pm Friday. To say I’ll be stuffed when I get home could be the understatement of the year. Meanwhile I had a bottle of Argentine Malbec and a fillet steak to help pass the time. 🙂

I was a very tired boy when we arrived in Brisbane.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road I don’t ever want to attempt such a flight again. 🙂

My longest residence

Longest Trips Air Sea Road

Twenty one years I lived in the beautiful home I designed & built in Surfers Paradise, from 1990 until 2011.

My private jetty

Longest Trips Air Sea Road At the front of my waterfront home.

My yellow canary

Longest Trips Air Sea Road I drove this wonderful Mercedes for 17 years until 2007.

My longest relationships

Longest Trips Air Sea Road First there was Carol Luciano from Double Bay in Sydney, we were an item for 3 years or so in the 70s.

Karen Smith was also a 3 year term.

Longest Trips Air Sea Road Karen was from Melbourne & we lived together for 3 years in the 80s. 

Thanks for visiting my Longest Trips Air Sea Road photo blog, & they say nostalgia is a thing of the past. 🙂

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Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

August 10, 2015 by David Herd

Pebbles on the beach

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

 

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera the very cosmopolitan city of Nice was originally founded by the Greeks & later became a retreat for 19th-century Europe’s elite. The lacklustre port area is rapidly filling up with the city’s coolest restaurants and bars.

July 2010 marked 150 years since the Mediterranean city was ceded to France as a reward for French help in the second Italian war of independence against Austria. The locally born Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi was irate about the handover, knowing well – as generations of film stars, millionaires, princes, mafiosi and tourists would later come to realise – that France had quite a trophy on its hands.

Iconic sea-blue chairs

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While away the hours on one of its iconic sea-blue chairs rather than lay on the uncomfortable pebbles.

 36 Hours in Nice

36 Hours in Nice, France | The New York Times

A very nice You Tube video courtesy of The New York Times. 

 Private beach area

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

 

 The private beaches offer very comfortable sun chairs, umbrellas, and full service to their very EXPENSIVE bars. It’s a nice get away from the hordes of people on the public beaches, and the chairs are much more comfortable than the rocks.

Beach resort French Riviera Nice

 

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

Many of these private areas actually have sand instead of pebbles.

This can’t be comfortable

Antibes Mediterranean resort

However I would be very happy lying beside her, I would gladly put up with the pain from the pebbles. 🙂

The very congested boat harbour

 

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

I bet there is a long waiting list for a berth.

Toys and Condominiums

 

As in many other cities on the French Riviera you can really smell the money here. 🙂

Church Maria Sine Labe Concepta

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This rather impressive church overlook the harbour in Nice.

Blue Vision 44m Benetti

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

‘BLUE VISION’ was built in 2007 by Benetti and last refitted in 2012. The yacht’s interior has been designed by Zuretti and her exterior styling is by Stefano Righini. Blue Vision’s interior layout sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 staterooms, including a master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 pullman beds. She is also capable of carrying up to 9 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout her living areas to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. With a cruising speed of 12 knots, a maximum speed of 15 knots and a range of 4606nm from her 63000 litre fuel tanks, she is the perfect combination of performance and luxury.

Beach resort French Riviera Nice

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Sometimes written off as staid and sleepy, France’s fifth city is is thriving, tourism is a huge business in Nice, but the city also has one of Europe’s biggest technology parks, hosting 1,200 international companies.

Strolling along the promenade.

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Nice’s Promenade des Anglais is part of the heart of this seaside French city. Nice’s Promenade des Anglais is lined with cafes situated directly on the beach, and it’s a bustling area active with cyclists, runners, walkers and roller bladers.

At this very spot in 2016 there was a shocking “terrorist” attack on revelers enjoying a Bastille Day fireworks display. Sadly 84 innocent people perished.

Hmm, which way to go?

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

 

Well I’m heading for Menton.

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera  

Bikini Beach Babes French Riviera

 

Look closely you may see some rocks instead of sand. Rocks, what rocks? I don’t see any rocks. 🙂

 On the way to Nice.

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This was only a few miles from Nice, I had driven from St Tropez and after Nice I headed for Monte Carlo.

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