Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater all add up to a breathtaking view of Surfers Paradise which is located 800 kilometers north of Sydney & 80 kilometers south of Brisbane.
We are looking east to Marina Mirage on the right & the Vercace Hotel o the left.
Beside those rocks is the entrance channel to the Broadwater, or the exit depending on which way you are going. 🙂
Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
Here is a closer look at the rock wall on the southern side of the seaway entrance.
Hundreds of boats use the seaway every day.
Everything from jet skis to huge luxury cruisers, all hoping to enjoy Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater & maybe a bag full of fish.
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Some get into trouble when the sea is rough.
The rescue boat is always there to lend a hand.
My friend’s catamaran.
A nice way to escape the rat race of Surfers Paradise. 🙂
Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
A great day out on the Broadwater.
Some guys prefer to fish.
Boats, who needs boats? We are here to catch a big one.
And I’m here for a sun tan.
So no matter what you are interested in you will find it n the Broadwater.
Did I mention the seafood?
You have two great choices, pull into Charis seafood at Labrador & pick up your lunch. Those of you with a sharp eye will notice the mud crabs are $36.90 a kilo, well tat was 2010, sadly in 2017 they have doubled in price.
Direct from the trawler.
This is my preference, they are located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.
Best prawns in the world.
These medium size king prawns are around $25 aud a kilo.
Take the at out or……..
Order lunch at one of the many restaurants?
So many decisions & such little time. 🙂
Back to Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater
What a fabulous part of the world.
Houston, we have lift off.
The kite surfer is having a ball.
An amazing view.
From my friends apartment, it does not get better than this. By the way it’s for sale3 for a lazy $1.5 million AUD.
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Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore is one of the cities best districts for food. Very popular after work meeting place for office workers, in fact this quaint little waterfront area is dwarfed by high rise office buildings.
Original buildings preserved
Boat Quay is the name of the road along the quay, which has been converted into a pedestrian mall. As early as 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles had already designated the area south of the river to be developed as a Chinese settlement. Boat Quay was completed in 1842 and the Chinese, mostly traders and laborers, settled there in large numbers. Conditions were squalid but Boat Quay flourished, rapidly exceeding in volume the trade on the north bank where the Europeans had their offices, houses and government buildings. WIKIPEDIA.
Established in the 19th century
Boat Quay is one of the early roads established in the 19th century when the Singapore River was the main port area of the colonial city.
Expats meeting after golf.
A very popular meeting place for expats, here is a group of friends dining at an Italian restaurant at Boat Quay.
Chili crab is my favorite
These monster mud crabs are imported from Sri Lanka are are delicious. Rather expensive of course like most things in Singapore, however you can haggle over the price at Boat Quay.
Alive & kicking
You certainly can’t get any fresher than this. 🙂
Victorian London Pub
Victorian London Pub is one of the very popular pubs in Boat Quay where you can meet friends for pre dinner drinks.
A very colorful character
This guys certainly brightens up the place. 🙂
Great view across the river
As the sun sets the city lights up.
Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore location
Certainly should go on your bucket list if you are visiting this great city.
One of Singapore’s many five star hotels opposite B oat Quay.
Farewell from Boat Quay.
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Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant is on the waterfront in Naklua. At low tide the view is not very attractive & the restaurant itself resembles a large barn. Put all that aside & just enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood & quick efficient service.
A big tin shed
The customers who regularly eat here would be 95% Thai, mainly because tourists would never walk past or hear about it.
Either catch a Baht bus from the Dolphin roundabout or just hire a taxi. Believe me it’s worth the effort.
What about the food you ask?
Fresh, reasonably priced & lots to choose from.
Clams with lots of garlic
Delicious, in Australia we call them pippies.
Prawns cooked to perfection
Fresh & cooked to perfection.
Why are they are so fresh?
Shortly before they arrive at your table they are happily swimming around without a care in the world. 🙂
Salted fish, a Thai specialty.
Thai’s have mastered salted fish, one of their many terrific dishes.
Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant
Being an amateur camera enthusiast I’m more than happy with the low tide mudflats of Naklua, it provides so many more photo opportunities.
Can you imagine the “for sale” sign?
Needs a little work. 🙂
Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant
That’s my late great friend Larry Krausz who sadly passed away in January 2017 after suffering a major stroke. We were friends for nearly 30 years & I think of him often.
Pineapples & Melons
So it doesn’t just sell seafood. 🙂
Always a battle to eat but well worth the fight. 🙂
Not attractive at low tide
However the food is so good you won’t even notice the mud flats.
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Brighton Beach famous English resort, what a pleasant surprise. If you can overlook the pebbles on the beach instead of sand there are so many great pubs and restaurants to choose from. The photo above was taken from my hotel, the New Madeira, only 40 Quid per night.
The New Madeira hotelis in a great location across the road from the Brighton Pier, only 40 Quid per night for a single room, the walls are a little thin so the rooms can be a little noisy, but the price is right as is the location. If you want something more upmarket choose the Holiday Inn.
If the English winter is too cold for you jump on a plane to Thailand
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.
O’Malleys on Cavil Avenue
After Melbas we wandered down to O’Malleys to have a couple more drinks and watch the rugby league.
The view from O’Malleys
Overlooking the famous Surfers Paradise Beach.
Cavill Avenue, what a great poster & a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia
That photo is always going to grab my attention. 🙂
The Avenue in a new location
The Avenue moved across the road to make way for a new property development.
Orchard Avenue Surfers Paradise
Certainly on of the most famous streets in Surfers Paradise.
Costa D’oro restaurant
I can remember eating at this restaurant over 35 years ago.
Corner of Orchard & the Gold Coast Highway
You can clearly see the light rail tracks that stretch from Helensvale to Broadbeach.
Certainly one of the highlights of my trip.
Caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many terrific memories came flooding back, it certainly made it a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.
Here we are 26 years ago.
I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991.
Green Days restaurant on the corner of Bundall Rd & Ashmore Rd offer my favourite breakfast.
Green Days restaurant
It is difficult not to feel totally relaxed here.
Open for lunch every day & dinner Friday & Saturday.
Two of my best friends
Ross Kennedy & Bryan Dart are two very old friends, we met for a few drinks at the Benowa Tavern.
Talking about old friends
Here are two of my oldest friends, both in years I have known them & years they have been on this planet. Tony Murphy aka Murph the surf & David Robertson aka Chocolates.
Back to Rossco and his new home.
Paradise waters is now home for the Kennedy’s.
A wonderful location with beautiful water views.
Last but not least the Legendary Lloyd Ross.
Caught up briefly with Lloyd & hope to see him in Thailand soon.
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Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant is a wonderful dining experience particularly on Sunday. It is in direct competition with the fabulous Mantra at the Amari hotel. Further on in this review I will endeavour to make comparisons between the two.
Fresh seafood is of course the star of the show, however there are many more special offerings guaranteed to delight you.
An impressive choice of Oysters
There are 4 or 5 variety to choose, mainly from France.
My first course
Oysters, crab, prawns, caviar & fresh white bread, I always find it difficult to get past the seafood counter. 🙂
Did I mention caviar?
Certainly one of my favourite delicacies, salmon Roe.
Lots of sushi & sashimi
As I said before, it’s hard to get past the fresh seafood. 🙂
Too much sushi is never enough. 🙂
I travel to Japan every year and the Hilton sushi is certainly high quality.
Catering for smokers & those who want to get closer to the view.
Funnily enough the six baskets contain 6 different variety of Chinese buns, a little bit of overkill I feel. I would much prefer to see some Shumei & prawn dumplings similar to what’s on the menu at the Mantra.
BBQ seafood station
You really need a big appetite to cope with this fabulous buffet.
This is one of my favourite photos from Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant.
No matter what you fancy it is all here. 🙂
The bread here is excellent.
An excellent cheese selection
Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant I was at Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant on Sunday February 19, & sadly I overindulged & could not fit in any cheese. 🙂
An amazing choice of deserts to finish.
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I have given a lot of thought to which is the best buffet, the Hilton (with the salmon caviar) or the Mantra (with the Alaskan crab), & the verdict is Mantra by a short 1/2 crab claw. 🙂
However I have noticed they now serve the clawless variety of Alaskan crab, please Mantra bring back the claws. 🙂
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya has been my favourite restaurant since it opened about 10 years ago. Sunday brunch is amazing allowing you to sample food from seven different kitchens. My number one dish is Alaskan crab and oysters from France.
Sashimi and Sushi
As I said there are seven kitchens to choose from, however I rarely get past the seafood, sashimi and dim sum. 🙂
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya October 2012
I’m even stuck on the seafood in this photo blog. 🙂
Dim Sum station
Dim Sum has always been one of my favourite cuisines, the Peking Duck rolls at the mantra are to die for.
Bring on the duck
Not everyone is happy with the duck
Leave us ducks alone.
Dim Sum washed down with cold sake.
The Mantra is part of the fabulous Amari hotel and the food, service and décor is world class.
This gorgeous lady is the public relations manager at the Mantra, she always makes sure we all have a wonderful dining experience. We always seem to spend Xmas and birthdays at this great restaurant.
From the Chinese kitchen
Beef fillet steak with Cantonese onion sauce just melts in your mouth.
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya Xmas day 2013
All the usual suspects celebrate Xmas at the Mantra.
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya Xmas Day 2014
Here we are again celebrating Xmas. I’m with Brendan Daley who is GM at the Mantra, and a Sydney boy as well. Brendan has left the Amari & I have not met the new manager.
Looking towards the sushi & seafood
The décor is simply stunning, is it any wonder so many of my friends think this is the number one restaurant in Pattaya?
The food at the Mantra is presented beautiful, we often take over three hours to enjoy the Sunday brunch.
Wood fired Pizza
They even have a pizza oven. The à la carte servings are smaller at Sunday lunch, the idea is to encourage customers to sample many dishes on the menu. As you can see casual dress is acceptable on Sundays compared to dinner 7 nights per week when you are expected to dress a little more formally.
Mantra Restaurant Pattaya July 7 2015
Another birthday, another Mantra celebration.
A cake and a hat, both birthday gifts from the Mantra.
Like most Thai ladies she has a nickname we can pronounce, Beer.
We have had some big groups at Sunday brunch over the years.
There is no better place to celebrate with friends.
pièce de résistance
It has to be the wonderful seafood which I usually wash down with cold sake. The brunch (B.1,690) opens at 11 a.m. and operates until 3 p.m every Sunday, so take your time, wander through the stations, enjoy a glass of wine (the free flow wine buffet is B.1,490)
Of course those prices were in 2013, now in 2017 brunch is B1,990 & free flow wine is B1750.
Birthday for Hamish
July 21st 2014 and we celebrate Hamish turning 46.
A lovely lady
This is Katoon, these days I only see her on Facebook travelling the world. 🙂
Farewell from David & Benjamina
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Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles are what comes to mind when I think of this great city. The red light district attracts tourists like moths to a flame. Marijuana is freely available if that’s your thing, & every time you walk down the street you are in danger of being run down by Cyclists who believe the roads & footpaths were built exclusively for them to use.
In Amsterdam, this is the only windmill I saw, I know there are many more in the country however my 6 days were spent exploring the city.
My journey started & ended here at the very busy Central station. I arrived by train from the airport and my wonderful B & B was only a five minute walk, then 6 days later I caught the fast train to Brussels.
Did I mention bicycles by any chance?
Authorities say there are well over 600.000 bikes in Amsterdam. The population is 747,290 in Amsterdam proper, and 2,158,592 in the metropolitan area.
Opposite Central station
Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.
Lots of good restaurants
There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Amsterdam, just wander around until one catches your eye.
Fresh seafood in Amsterdam.
THE FRESH SEAFOOD LOOKED FANTASTIC.
Late night cafe
This is one of my favourite Amsterdam photos, I was wandering around the back alleys looking for somewhere to dine.
Ava Thomas, Italian restaurant
This Italian restaurant was the one I chose, nice food at a reasonable price.
The Grasshopper — one of the world’s best-known Cannabis cafés — is no longer selling cannabis, hash, or related products. The coffee shop located in landmark building across from Central Station, is one of the first of more than two dozen such shops in and around the Red Light District that are to be closed down over the next few years. Amsterdam want to create a “grand entrance” — Amsterdam’s ‘visiting card’ — to include high quality hotels, shops and restaurants — and coffee shops simply don’t fit into that picture. To make this ‘grand entrance’ a reality, in December 2007 Amsterdam introduced Coalition Project 1012. Named after the postal code for downtown Amsterdam, the project is designed to clean up the entire medieval center of the city. That includes the Red Light District, where the city has been working to take back control over the area from what one alderman referred to as ‘riff-raff.’ The project’s goals are to ban window prostitution from all but two locations, close down businesses set up with (or ‘susceptible to the involvement of’) white-washed money, reduce the number of coffee shops in the area, combat organized crime, and to promote the ‘Red Carpet’ vision. At the introduction of Project 1012, then-alderman Lodewijk Asscher said that Amsterdam wants to recapture the historic city center in order to “give it back to the Amsterdammers.” Clearly, it’s not just the locals the City council was thinking about, but also well-heeled tourists more interested in fine dining and upscale shopping than in using soft drugs. Sadly if this eventuates Amsterdam will never be the same. NB: Coffeeshop (yes, one word) is a Dutch euphemism for establishments where soft drugs are legally sold and used. Enjoy this while you can.
Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles
De Wallen is the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam and consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights. These “kamers” are the most visible and typical kind of red light district sex work in Amsterdam and are a large tourist attraction. Amsterdam sex drugs, you can count on it.
De Wallen Amsterdam
I imagine this whole district will just move to another location, Amsterdam can’t afford to lose the millions of tourists that come to see the RLD with Amsterdam sex drugs & rock & roll. 🙂
Amsterdam sex drugs & rock & roll
It really is a wonderful city.
Window shopping at its best
May I remind you when I think of Amsterdam I think of sex drugs & bicycles. 😆
Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles
As with other countries, estimates regarding the total number of prostitutes vary. Most sources place this number between 15,000 and 30,000. An article published in 1997 in the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality claimed that the total number of prostitutes in the Netherlands was about 15,000 to 20,000. CATW has stated that there were 30,000 prostitutes in the Netherlands, citing “Sex tax Ticks off Dutch,” Associated Press, 14 October 1997. According to Radio Netherlands, in 1999, there were estimated to be 25,000 prostitutes in the Netherlands, with 12,500 working at any one time at a total of 6,000 locations. A later study by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000 estimated that there were a total of between 20,000 and 25,000 prostitutes in the Netherlands
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Watching the boats
This bridge was 30 meters from my B & B and 20 meters from my favorite restaurant, De Belhamel.
I had dinner twice here and on two other evenings called in to the delightful bar for a nightcap.
Lamb at De Belhamel
The Australian lamb at De Belhamel was magnificent, put this delightful restaurant on your list.
De Belhamel bar
That’s my red wine sitting on the bar, this was my compulsory stop before retiring for the night.
de belhamel is Dutch for “the rascal” – literally translated, but the Dutch translate it as “naughty child”
My friend visits in September 2015
The blonde lady Joyce Weir has been a friend of mine for over 40 years, I told her about this great restaurant, I’m so pleased she took her friends there, naturally they loved it. 🙂
One of the 2500 house boats in Amsterdam
All year long canal tours show people from all over the world how amazing the historical canal houses of Amsterdam look from the water. Some people enjoy this view every day from their own houseboat. Holland counts many houseboats, but Amsterdam holds the record with approximately 2500 houseboats.
Always lots of activity on the canals.
There is never a dull moment in Amsterdam.
Another good restaurant close to where I was staying.
NEMO proves that there is a fun way to learn more about science and technology. The largest science center in the Netherlands has five floors full of exciting things to do and discover. All your senses will be stimulated by exhibitions, theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations.
The replica of the three masted “Amsterdam”
The replica of the three masted “Amsterdam”, a large vessel of the Dutch East India Company, which in its maiden journey to Batavia sank in a storm in the English Channel in winter of 1749, stands high above the waters of Ij Bay, directly at the museum quay. The wreck of the ship has been discovered off the English coast in 1969, and the museum replica has been completed in 1990. Visiting the ship, you may see how small and primitive spaces were to house 350 people during the ship’s journey, with more comfortable but equally minute quarters for the ship’s captain and officers.
A wonderful B & B
Of all the places I stayed on my “seven super cities” adventure, my B & B in Amsterdam was the best accommodation by a long shot. There are only 2 apartments in the building beside the delightful couple Tony & Loes who live there.
The breakfast room
The location was perfect, only 10 minutes walk to Central Station and close to shops & restaurants.
What a fabulous city.
Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles is one of my favourite posts, I hope you enjoyed it.
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Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui, my first visit was in 1998 and I thought I had found Paradise. Over the next 6 years I returned about 10 times and watched the many changes take place. I must admit I preferred the old Koh Samui before the turn of the century, but as they say in the classics, you can’t stop progress. My last visit was 5 years ago so my information may be a little dated. Yesterday I returned from a few days in Koh Chang which in many ways reminds me of Koh Samui in the 90’s.
This is Chaweng in 1999
There are many beaches on the island of beautiful Koh Samui, my post focuses on Chaweng beach as this is where most of the action is. Walk out the front of your bungalow on to the sand, walk out the back of your hotel to the shops, restaurants & bars.
You won’t get much peace staying here, they party all night.
Beach dining at beautiful Koh Samui.
For me the greatest buzz on Koh Samui was dining on the beach at night and watching the moon rise over the water. I have forgotten how many times I enjoyed this wonderful experience, including New Years Eve 1999. For years prior to the millennium I always planned to be somewhere very special for this special event, and Koh Samui was my choice.
New Years Eve 1999
Well I made it to the new century and still have a long way to go.
Seafood on the beach.
Bar-B-Q seafood on the beach in the moonlight, does life get any better than this?
Two Aussie friends Tammy & Kate.
Did I just ask if life could get any better than this? Well I think you can guess what my answer is. 😆
Lanterns on Chaweng beach.
At night on the beach hundreds of lanterns are lit then they lift off into the night sky, it is quite a magical sight. Here are my two Aussie friends Tammy & Kate joining in the fun.
Now they are relaxing in the sun.
Aussie babes love the sun.
Breakfast by the beach
Breakfast by the beach with Ken Shelly & Richard Blair.
Here I am with gorgeous Jane who I brought from from Nana Plaza.
At the waterfall
Jane from Bangkok and Evelyn from the Philippines cooling off at the waterfall.
Tell the truth, did you realise the blond is one of the famous Thai Lady-Boys? Or did you think it was a girl? Many of the most attractive girls in Thailand turn out to be boys. :oops:E
Wonderful Koh Tao.
In the 1980’s overseas travellers began to visit Ko Tao and quickly became a popular destination. As a consequence, bigger, faster and safer boats were used to allow easier access to Ko Tao. In the 1990’s the island became known as a diving site.
Historically, Ko Tao was once a detention place for political prisoners similar to Ko Tarutao of Satun Province, but today it is a great place for divers or anybody who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ko Samui and want more than the Full Moon Party on Ko Pha Ngan. The island is geared towards diving tourists more than backpackers on a budget. Ko Tao is a great place to learn how to dive. There are hardly any currents and a wide selection of dive sites and dive shops, schools and resorts. Activity options are growing outside of diving and the food and nightlife options are some of the best in the Gulf of Thailand.
Ko Tao is a small island of approximately 21² km and receives over a 100,000 visitors per year. To minimise your impact on the eco-system, notice that there are no garbage disposal facilities, so everything that can’t be burned has to be taken away. Book your hotel before you go.
Memories of my island romance.
For a very brief moment in time this beautiful Italian princess was my island romance. Her name was Barbara Manelli and she came from Florence, however I preferred to call her Gypsy. Our brief affair took place on Koh Samui in December 1999 and sadly ended there at the end of our holiday, c’est la vie. 😥
Zirco’s Brazilian restaurant.
There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from at Chaweng, if you like Brazilian food put Zirco’s on your list.
Bananas or bazookas?
Here I was minding my business on the beach, taking a photo of a guy peeling a banana, and as luck would have it a gorgeous girl in half a bikini wandered into my background. It is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. 😆