The Five Star Vagabond

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Secret cities worth visiting

January 29, 2018 by David Herd

Interesting travel suggestions

Secret cities worth visiting

Secret cities worth visiting Secret cities worth visiting, well actually they are not all cities & not all secret, but they are all worth visiting. These are places mostly off the beaten track, places that many people may not have heard of.

Above is The lovely French village of Breil-sur-Roya which is particularly known for trout fishing. The Roya river runs through town and is open to trout anglers from March to September. Located in the mountains near the Italian border just north of the French Riviera.

Breil-sur-Roya

Secret cities worth visiting French and Italian rail lines run through Breil so it is very easy to travel anywhere. There is a great market every Friday at Ventimiglia on the border 30 minutes drive or 20 minutes by train from Breil.

Talking about Italy

Secret cities worth visiting In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, San Gimignano was a stopping point for Catholic pilgrims on their way to Rome and the Vatican, as it sits on the medieval Via Francigena.  The city’s development was also improved by the trade of agricultural products from the fertile neighbouring hills, in particular saffron, used in both cooking and dyeing cloth and Vernaccia wine, said to inspire popes and poets.

Secret cities worth visiting include San Gimignano

Secret cities worth visiting  

San Gimignano is famous for its Medieval village architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form “an unforgettable skyline”

 Have you ever heard of Florianopolis?

Secret cities worth visitingMost people outside of South America have not heard of this fabulous city which currently has an estimated population of 420,000 people. The Greater Florianopolis Metro area is home to about 1 million people. Florianopolis is a wonderful Brazilian city which should go on the bucket list for anyone intending to visit this wonderful country.

Friendly people who love to party.

Secret cities worth visiting January 11, 2009. Newsweek placed Florianópolis in the “Ten most dynamic cities of the world” list in 2006. Veja magazine, a Brazilian publication, named the city as “the best place to live in Brazil.

 Kagoshima Japan 

290c6fab-610c-4e33-bfce-51e4a16f12cb (1) Active Volcano Kagoshima Japan Sakurajima had been peaceful since 2013 until July 2016, then suddenly plumes of smoke, cracks of lighting and a flow of lava came bellowing out of Japan’s Mount Sakruajima in July 2016. Located in a scenic bay on the southern island of Kyushu, this 1,117 meter high volcano has been a sleeping giant for the past three years prior to this fiery spectacle. The incident took place at 12:02 am on Tuesday at the mountain’s Showa crater, which resulted in a 5,000 meter high column of ash – but officials say no fatalities have been reported. Credit to STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  Read about it here.

Fabulous food

37214528876_fe8ca2eb4c_cOne of the many reasons I visit Japan often is the fabulous food. A village near the railway station is called Kagomma Furusato Yataimura. There are about 25 small restaurants that seat only 8 or 10 people.

 Forster Tuncurry east coast Australia

51d2bd0e-6c11-4969-a12f-3da1f7c61000 A population of over 18,000 people it is a holiday destination for many Sydney people who are only a 4 hour drive away.

A great area for fishing & boating.

Secret cities worth visiting 

At the Northern tip of the Great Lakes, these twin towns are where Wallis Lake meets the ocean. The twin townships are surrounded by National Parks and feature majestic headlands and long secluded beaches. Boating, fishing, diving, paddling, cruises, whale watching and coastal walks combine with galleries, unique shopping and award-winning restaurants to create an experience rich coastal destination.

Mae Pim Gulf of Thailand

Secret cities worth visiting  Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim on the gulf of Thailand is only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, and so quiet and peaceful.

Secret cities worth visiting

Secret cities worth visitingLots of great Thai food & seafood in Mae Pim.

Thanks for checking out my Secret cities worth visiting photo blog, drop me a line if you need any information.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

Seven deadly Songkran days

For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.               

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1g Duck

 

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Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

April 17, 2016 by David Herd

View from my apartment

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

 Copacabana Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s great beaches. This is my sixth visit to this fabulous city, my rented apartment is right across the road from the beach.

Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro, say no more.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

 

These two look like they mean business.

Alan Austin and his wife Renata

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Alan & I met in Rio and became very good friends, unfortunately the following year he ran into some problems with the English authorities and I now visit him every year in various English prisons.

It’s now 2018 & after 11.5 years as a guest of Her Majesty Alan will be a free man in August.

Shenanigans Ipanema

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

 

Monday nights here there are lots of specials and the place gets really crowded. The guy in the red shirt is Alan’s Las Vegas friend Jay.

Two dozen oysters = two days food poisoning

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

I was totally out of it for 48 hours after eating these oysters on the beach.

The Evil eye

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

The look on his face should have warned me about eating his oysters. He even had madman printed on his cap. 🙂

The girl from Copacabana

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

 

I was relaxing on the beach when this vision appeared in front of me. I have never been one to let a golden opportunity pass so I brushed up on my social skills and introduced myself. Her name was Mel and she came from neighbouring Niteroi. Lo & behold within an hour we were in my apartment making mad passionate love. This certainly was one on the best days of my trip. ?

Mel from Niteroi

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Mel is around 6′ tall with amazing green eyes, a total knock out. It is 2015 and I still have her photo on a shelf in my condo. ?

How about those fabulous eyes?

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

I have to admit the fact that Mel spoke no English did not bother me at all. 🙂

John, an Aussie guy who owned “The Office” restaurant.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

 

John was an Aussie guy from Sydney and we swapped many stories about people we knew and knew of, mainly well known Sydney gangsters. ?   The following year John in fact was abducted by Brazilian gangsters who forced him to go to his home in Angra Dos Rios and pen his safe which they cleaned out.

Copacabana eye candy

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

One of the best locations on Earth for gorgeous females.


Late afternoon at Copacabana

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Looking down from my apartment you can see the shadows staring to creep across the beach.

Kiosks on Copacabana

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Every 50 meters along the beach there is a kiosk where you can buy a beer or a hamburger and watch the passing parade.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

 

Copacabana beach babes are among the sexiest girls in the world. My photo blogs with the most visits involve Brazilian babes so I thought I would add to the collection with samples from my 2 months in Rio from December 2007 to February 2008.

Making a splash

Copacabana beach babes

There is no better place in the world to see beautiful beach babes than Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro.

Nice hat

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Hat, what hat, I don’t see a hat?

 Now can you see a hat?

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Is this a trick question? Who looks at hats on Copacabana beach?

The sea was angry that day my friends.

Copacabana beach babes

You don’t often see big waves at Copacabana but this particular day the surf was quite rough. In fact it was new years eve 2007 and Copacabana was preparing for a crowd of 2 million people.

Smile for the camera

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Brazilians absolutely love the beach, check out my most popular blog here.

Ah! The colours of Brazil.

Copacabana-beach-babes

Are you aware Brazil’s Primary colours are green and yellow? Just saying…………

Time for a lunch break

Copacabana beach babes

The prawns are very good however I was laid low for 48 hours after eating 2 dozen oysters on the beach. ?

 Two pretty girls

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

All you need is a camera on Copacabana because the talent is unlimited. ?

 Look closely you may see a tattoo

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Tattoo? I don’t see a tattoo.

No tattoos here

NYE Copacabana

A fabulous body like this does not need any tattoos.

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

David Herd Thailand All my friends who know and love Rio will remember the wonderful times we had at “HELP” nightclub on Avenue Atlantica. Many thanks for visiting my Copacabana Rio de Janeiro photo blog, without any doubt in the world “you gotta love Rio”.

Rio was part of a fabulous world starting in Sydney and finishing in Bangkok.

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1g Duck

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Seven deadly Songkran days

April 16, 2016 by David Herd

Songkran 2016

Seven deadly Songkran days

Seven deadly Songkran days

 Seven deadly Songkran days photo blog focuses on two things, first the tragic loss of life and the thousands of people who are seriously injured. Sadly Thailand has the 2nd worst road toll in the world after war torn Libya, mainly due to poor driving skills and alcohol fueled accidents. Songkran however is the black spot of this terrible statistic.  My sadness and sympathy does not lie with the several hundred who lose their life, they are gone and know nothing any more, my sympathy is for the parents who have lost children and the thousands of Thai people seriously injured during these Seven deadly Songkran days.

Secondly, lots of photos showing the joy and happiness thousands of people get from this famous celebration.

I would like to give credit to the Bangkok Post for borrowing many of their photos for this blog, many thanks to this great newspaper.

The first four days

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

The fourth day of the Songkran festival’s “seven dangerous days’’ saw 259 people lose their lives in road accidents across the country, up almost 36% from 2015.

Most accidents involved motorcycles, with 78.8%, followed by pick-up trucks, 10.8%. (BKK Post)

The madness that is Songkran

Seven deadly Songkran days

 The Songkran celebration has many symbolic traditions. The mornings begin with merit-making, visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks. On this specific occasion, pouring water on Buddha statues is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday. It represents purification and the washing away one’s sins and bad luck. Originally water was splashed gently on friends family & neighbours, today it has evolved into an all out water fight which certainly does not reassemble the original tradition.

Lets focus on happiness

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

The tragedy & sadness of the road carnage needs to be balanced by the joy and happiness most people in Thailand, consequently here is the sort of thing that makes me happy this time of the year. 🙂

A beautiful lady in traditional dress.

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

This is one of my favourite Songkran images, not sure who to credit.

Traditional Songkran

Seven deadly Songkran days

Gently pouring water on Buddha statues is considered to be an iconic ritual for this holiday. It represents purification and the washing away one’s sins and bad luck.

The other side of the coin

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

The two photos above demonstrate the both ends of the spectrum.

Have you ever seen a happier child?

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

Riding on his father’s shoulders he is having the time of his life.


More happy faces

Seven deadly Songkran days

Thanks once again to the Bangkok Post for another great photo.

Gunfight at the Bangkok Corral

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

Thousands of tourists flock to Thailand to participate in the greatest water fight in the world. Pamplona in Spain has the running of the bulls, Thailand has the running of the water cannons. 🙂

What did I do?

Seven deadly Songkran days

This guy seems to be denying any wrongdoing, could it be because he is not wearing a helmet? No, they rarely enforce that in Thailand, unless of course they see a Farang without one. 🙂

Here is one of my favourite Bangkok hotels in Sukhumvit Soi 11, use this link for a great rate.

Fabulous foam at Centraworld

Seven deadly Songkran days

A sea of white foam and everybody is having fun.

The very best of Songkran

Seven deadly Songkran days

I intended to focus on the danger on the roads during Songkran however images like the one above totally distract me.

Total determination

Seven deadly Songkran days

Concentrating totally on eliminating the enemy. 🙂 (Photo Bkk Post)

Beach Road Pattaya April 19.

Long range weapon

Seven deadly Songkran days

Many of these water cannons have a very long range.

Fifth day the terrible toll continues.

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

The number of people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol over the past seven is 81,541, including 50,271 motorcycle drivers and 31,270 drivers of cars and public vehicles.

How sweet she is.

Songkran Madness Thailand

 

After any bad news like the shocking road toll we need some good news, and here she is. 🙂

My name is Rambo

Seven deadly Songkran days

I have a licence to spill.

Songkran is “so in your face”

Seven deadly Songkran days

There is absolutely no escape from this “in your face” experience. 🙂

Day six and the news is still bad

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

The first six days of the “seven dangerous days” of Songkran saw 397 people lose their lives in road crashes across Thailand, a 29.74% jump from last year, with drink-driving remaining the major cause. (BKK Post)

Songkran madness in 2nd road Pattaya

What could possibly go wrong?

Seven deadly Songkran days

You are on a bike, you get hit by a stream of water, what could possibly go wrong?

The battle rages

Seven deadly Songkran days

I feel overall we have to properly balance the whole situation, fun versus death & suffering, in my book fun loses. I’m not advocating doing away with Songkran, however somehow the authorities have to do more to stop the road carnage.

Seven deadly Songkran days

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

Drink-driving remained the biggest single cause of road crashes, blamed for 34.09%, followed by speeding at 32.93%. Most crashes involved motorcycles (80.67%), followed by pick-up trucks (8.85%). (From Bangkok Post.)

Compare the last six years.

Seven deadly Songkran days

 

Four out of every five accidents involved motorcycles. So far a total of 442 people have been killed. It should also be noted that statistics taken inside Thailand only includes victims who died at the scene. Can you imagine how much worse the statistics would be if they also included people who died within 30 days?

80 lives lost every day

This link may answer some of the questions.

Thanks for visiting my Seven deadly Songkran days photo blog.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

Seven deadly Songkran days

For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.

                 
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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

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Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

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This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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 That’s all folks

1g Duck

 

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Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

February 13, 2016 by David Herd

The more things change the more they stay the same

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand are constantly popping up with many clubs closing and new venues opening. There is still nothing in the world quite like Walking Street Pattaya. Prices have risen and tourists numbers are down in 2016, however that does not deter new clubs from opening. In the last week I have visited two of these new hotspots, Taboo which is owned by some French guys from Paris and Virgins owned by a Russian fellow called Slava.

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

An upmarket club with nice décor and friendly girls. I met two of the owners Glenn & Alex from Paris, they opened December 2015.

When you are in Taboo it’s up to you

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Walking Street is always changing, old clubs closing and new ones opening. Just last week in Soi Diamond Sugarbaby closed it’s doors after 30 years in business. This photo was taking by LovePattayaThailand, check out some of the articles I write for them here.                 

Hello baby

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Half Thai and half Japanese, a great combination.

 Virgins

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Now I’m quite sure you will find it very difficult to find a virgin working on Walking St. In fact the catchy name actually means the girls at Virgins have never worked in a Pattaya bar before. 🙂

Glass elevator

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Too lazy to climb the stairs? Well, there is a glass elevator to whisk you up to this dark sexy Go Go bar.

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

 Here is something quite unique in Walking Street, a rooftop bar where you can have a drink and enjoy the view.

Looking down on Walking Street.

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Views of Walking Street and Pattaya Bay.

Enjoy a spa with a lady

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Thirty minutes in the spa with the lady of your choice and a bottle of Champagne for B6,500, sadly it’s way above my pay grade.

Eastern European girls

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

They come from Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan & Moldova, just make sure you have plenty of money because this is an expensive club.

Neon lights of Walking St

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

There certainly is no shortage of lights here.

Most people come here to see….

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

You guessed it.

Pothole & I certainly came here to see her.

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

There has been talk for many years about demolishing the buildings on the western side of Walking St as they have been built illegally on public land. Here is how I feel about this subject; 

If 1/2 of Walking St goes Pattaya will survive & thrive, times have changed and this city must change with it. Why should a few wealthy business people with a false sense of entitlement be allowed to build on public land for their own selfish needs?
 
A story in a local paper mentioned some  business people who believe it will negatively impact on tourism in Pattaya, or even the Pattaya condo market. I’m guessing they may be some of the real estate agents who charge over the top commissions. I say give the beach front back to the people.
 
What part of the phrase “public land” don’t they understand?
 
Full marks to the officials that have moved the hundreds of busses from Beach Road to Jomtien, it’s a wonderful improvement. However for some strange reason quite a few still unload passengers around the Hard Rock Hotel area. There are even police in attendance helping the tourists to cross the road. I’m guessing somebody with influence has approved this anomaly. 
 
Pattaya has been trying to clean up it’s image for years but progress is slow. Here is an idea from left field, Thailand was Siam, Myanmar was Burma, Beijing was Peking etc etc. Cities & countries can & do  change their name, I would change Pattaya to “MAGIC CITY”.
 
 For the first 5 years I would just add “MAGIC CITY” to Pattaya, after 5 years I would drop off Pattaya & just use “MAGIC CITY” .
 
As I said before you have to move with the times. 🙂
 
Yours sincerely the FiveStarVagabond, November 8 2016.
Here are the illegal building on Walking St

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

 I say give the beach front back to the people.

Here I am in 2013 with some friends from Australia

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

My friend on the left is Nathan Corbett an absolute Muay Thai legend. He was world champion eleven times in 3 different weight divisions.

Walking St Pattaya

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Well here we are back on the street with a many alternatives new and old to cater for our every need. Walking St is totally unique, it offers many more choices than the three Bangkok red light districts, Soi Cowboy, Patpong & Nana Plaza.  Even Amsterdam’s famous RLD does not come close to Walking St Pattaya.

 

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.

 

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

The history of Walking St by Bangkok Post. 

Thanks for visiting my Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand photo blog.

Check out the other Thailand hotspots below.

Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Copacabana beautiful beach babes

December 13, 2015 by David Herd

Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Copacabana beautiful beach babes are among the sexiest girls in the world. My photo blogs with the most visits involve Brazilian babes so I thought I would add to the collection with samples from my 2 months in Rio from December 2007 to February 2008.

Copacabana beautiful beach babes making a splash

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

There is no better place in the world to see beautiful beach babes than Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro.

Nice hat

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Hat, what hat, I don’t see a hat?

 Now can you see a hat?

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Is this a trick question? Who looks at hats on Copacabana beach?

The sea was angry that day my friends.

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

You don’t often see big waves at Copacabana but this particular day the surf was quite rough. In fact it was new years eve 2007 and Copacabana was preparing for a crowd of 2 million people.

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Smile for the camera

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

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Ah! The colours of Brazil.

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Are you aware Brazil’s Primary colours are green and yellow? Just saying…………

Pink towels are very attractive

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Pink towel, I don’t see a pink towel 🙂

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

All you need is a camera on Copacabana because the talent is unlimited. 🙂

 Look closely you may see a tattoo

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Tattoo? I don’t see a tattoo.

No tattoos here

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

A fabulous body like this does not need any tattoos.

My friend Mary

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

 My lovely friend Mary is now happily married and living in Miami.

Mary from the other side.

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We had some very good times together in Rio de Janeiro, perhaps I’ll see her again one day in Miami.

Are you taking my photo?

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Yes, I certainly am.

Flying fish

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

I asked the guy if he was going to throw it back, he said “no, I’m going to eat it”.

Copacabana beach babes

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

And still they come with a body to die for.

 Two cheeky girls

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

I spent over 2 months in Brazil this trip, as well as Rio I visited Florianopolis, Curitiba, Balneario Camboriu and Paraty.

Paraty

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

Three hours from Rio and one of my favourite places in Brazil. I know they are not Copacabana beach babes however the girls from Paraty are worth a look.

New Years Eve 2007

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

It’s only 2 pm and the crowd is building in anticipation of celebrating the New Year.

Rio Orthon a perfect location.

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I’ll be watching from over there

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

There will be nine cruise ships anchored offshore and two million people will arrive all dressed in white.

Ebony

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

What a magnificent colour.

Here is a webcam focused on Copacabana.

Beach boogie

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What time can we start having fun?

It will take weeks to get the smile off my face

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Many thanks for visiting my Copacabana beach babes photo blog, I’m sure you will agree it’s the best eye candy in the world.

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Travel tips five fabulous countries

August 30, 2015 by David Herd

David Herd is the FiveStarVagabond

Travel tips five fabulous countries

Travel tips five fabulous countries

Travel tips five fabulous countries feature some of my favourite places, many people may think I’m a bit of a dinosaur & perhaps I am, however I don’t know any other person who has travelled more than I during the last 30 years. Therefore I hope can provide you with a few ideas on where to go for your next holiday.

I’ll list the 5 countries in alphabetical order rather than by personal preference.

 Australia

Travel tips five fabulous countries

The home of my birth and a country that offers a huge diversification of incredible travel destinations. Most people find it difficult to grasp the size of this great country, don’t make the mistake of trying to cover too much in 3 or 4 weeks, better to come back another time.

Sydney is the most spectacular city but don’t forget Perth and Adelaide both wonderful cities also. Then of course there is the Gold Coast in Queensland with it’s wonderful weather and beautiful beaches.

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Three suggestions

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Travel tips five fabulous countries

Brazil Travel tips one of the five fabulous countries

Travel tips five fabulous countries

Bigger and more diverse than Australia I have enjoyed 8 visits to the wonderful country. Rio de Janeiro is fabulous however there is so much more to see. Apart from Rio my favourite places are Praia de Pipa, Paraty, Iguazu Falls & Florianoplis.

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Camboriu                                 Rio’s beaches                         Fortaleza           

Travel tips five fabulous countries

Since 2004, the blocos have exploded and now there are now nearly 300 blocos with over 40 new ones appearing for the 2007 Carnaval.  The first blocos started only a little over ten years ago. This is the heart of theStreet Carnival” which includes the greater likelihood of locals playing percussion instruments with their friends at their favorite hangout as well as  the Bandstands and the many Parades of downtown’s Rio Branco Avenue. These events are inclusive and practice for the musicians begins months before the Carnaval and the parades do not end until Sunday of the following weekend.

Croatia is a must for travellers  here are Travel tips five fabulous countries

Travel tips five fabulous countries

It was March 2005 before I finally made it to this fascinating country, the photo above is the coastal city of Split. I travelled by bus between the major cities to see more of the actual country. I had a terrific 2 bedroom apartment in a great location for only $50 per night, book through this link.

Next door is Bosnia so make sure you also visit the wonderful city of Mostar.

Split                               Dubrovnik                              Zagreb

Travel tips five fabulous countries

In Zagreb I stayed at the excellent hotel Dubrovnik overlooking the Main Square you see above, it was a perfect location with good wifi. Marc van Bloemen owner of Karmen apartments in Dubrovnik was the perfect host, he  a friendly Englishman who will point you in the right direction for restaurants, tours & places of interests, he also has a great knowledge of Dubrovniks history.

United Kingdom

Travel tips five fabulous countries

So many places to see & so much history. I travel there most years making London my base, then visit cities & towns all over the country either by train or car. Apart from London some of my favourite places are Brighton, Bath, Glasgow & Bradford on Avon. The photo above is Gold Hill is a steep cobbled street in the town of Shaftesbury in the English county of Dorset.

London pubs                          Lands End                            Hyde Park

Travel tips five fabulous countries

Travel tips. Great Britain has an excellent rail service, save up to 80% by booking your ticket before you arrive, just click here. London Underground’s Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow Airport and the capital, so look for accommodation around Earl’s CourtGloucester Rd or Knightsbridge. For more information click here.

France

Travel tips five fabulous countries

 Where do you start Paris or Monte Carlo, the choices are endless in this wonderful country. One of my favourite holidays was based in Breil Sur Roya a small village in the mountains near the Italian border just north of Menton. From here I was able to explore many medieval French & Italian villages as well as the fabulous French Riviera. The Roya river runs through town and is open to trout anglers from March to September. Part of the trout run is reserved for fly-fishing. Trout anglers share the river with white water rafters, another popular local sport.

Saorge                                  St Tropez                              Versailles

Travel tips five fabulous countries

Chateau de Versailles Paris is a  fabulous destination which made my bucket list as soon as I saw the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris”. When the Château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital.

Italy

Travel tips five fabulous countries

My favourite European Country by a long shot. The food, the wine, the crazy drivers who park anywhere, there is so much to see & do it’s hard to know where to start. Rome, Florence, Venice there are so many great cities, however if I had to pick two favourites they would be Sam Gimignano and the Cinque Terre.

Florence                              Lake Como                              Portofino

Travel tips five fabulous countries

Travel tip, take a wonderful one hour walk from Santa Margherita. The homes are truly magnificent,  prepare yourself for a great experience when you arrive at the beautiful waterfront village of Portofino. The buildings, the boats, the restaurants, it’s all there. Just make sure you have your credit card and a wallet full of Euros. For the budget minded like myself it makes more sense to stay at Santa Margherita and visit Portofino on foot or by ferry. The Lido Palace is on the beach if you want to go upmarket, my hotel was one block back and reasonable priced, with free car parkingThe Mediterraneo.

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Sospel village near Monte Carlo

August 17, 2015 by David Herd

North of Monte Carlo

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

Sospel village near Monte Carlo is a small town situated about 15km inland from the coastal resort of Menton & close to the French border with Italy. We were based in Breil Sur Roya just a short drive through the mountains.

Briel Sur Roya to Sospel & Monte Carlo

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

A short drive to the coast.

Medieval town

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

This small medieval town feels almost Italian in character, maybe because it was part of Italy until 1860.


 

Relaxing in the town square

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

   Sospel became prosperous in the 13th century when an important salt trading route between Nice and Turin passed through the town and those using the route paid tolls to use the bridge across the Bévéra river.  

Houses along the riverbanks

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

    The streets of the old town contain numerous attractive medieval houses, many with decorative painted facades.  

Toll Bridge

Sospel village near Monte Carlo 

The tower in the centre of the fortified bridge was originally the toll gate for the mules using the trade route. A bridge has stood here since at least the 13th century, although it is likely the original version was built of wood. In 1522 the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone version, much as we see it today.

Viaduct beside the village

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

You can spend many days exploring the beautiful part of France.

Coffee with Deborah

Sospel village near Monte Carlo

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French village Breil Sur Roya

August 16, 2015 by David Herd

Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya

 French village Breil Sur Roya is known for trout fishing. The Roya river runs through town and is open to trout anglers from March to September. Part of the trout run is reserved for fly-fishing. Trout anglers share the river with white water rafters, another popular local sport.

Beside the Roya river

French village Breil Sur Roya

Take a stroll along the river front to better appreciate the town and the surrounding landscape which is very impressive with forested hills rising steeply on all sides of the town.

South of Breil

French village Breil Sur Roya

A few miles south of Breil is the beautiful Italian town of Airole where I think there is a better choice of good restaurants. Train or car only takes about 17 minutes.

Road Breil to Airole

French village Breil Sur Roya

A short drive and you are in Italy. 

French village Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya

What a great location for a holiday.

Pizzeria

French village Breil Sur Roya

No way I’m eating pizza in France. 🙂

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Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya

 French and Italian rail lines run through Breil so it is very easy to travel anywhere. There is a great market every Friday at Ventimiglia on the border 30 minutes drive or 20 minutes by train from Breil.

Arriving from the south

French village Breil Sur Roya

Entering Breil from the south.

French village Breil Sur Roya has very narrow lanes

French village Breil Sur Roya

   Behind the squares running parallel to the river the narrow streets of the old town are very interesting, with many of the buildings painted in attractive pastel colours.  

Our apartment in French village Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya

  Here are my friends Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONiell my friends from the Gold Coast in Australia who were travelling with me.  

Our road rocket

French village Breil Sur Roya

Check out the YouTube video below.

View from our apartment

French village Breil Sur Roya

Another beautiful in the mountains.

In front of our apartment in French village Breil Sur Roya

French village Breil Sur Roya

 Controlling the flow of the river which would be fairly wild with the melting Autumn snow.

Le Flavie restaurant rated # 2 by TripAdvisor.

French village Breil Sur Roya

Escargot, well we are in France. 🙂

French village Breil Sur Roya

Le Flavie  This was certainly the best restaurant in Breil Sur Roya

Deb, David & Jodie

French village Breil Sur Roya

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Riny Doyle’s home in Breil Sur Roya.

French village Breil Sur Roya

A beautiful setting foe a memorable lunch.

Lunch with Riny & Susan

French village Breil Sur Roya

Many thanks to Riny & Susan for their wonderful hospitality.

Riny’s B & B at Breil Sur Roya.

French village Breil Sur Roya

This is the great outdoor kitchen at one of Riny Doyle’s B & Bs on top of the mountain in Breil Sur Roya.

The French and Italian rail lines run through Breil so it is very easy to travel anywhere. There is a great market every Friday at Ventimiglia on the border 30 minutes drive or 20 minutes by train from Breil.  The lovely French village of Breil-sur-Roya is particularly known for trout fishing. The Roya river runs through town and is open to trout anglers from March to September. Part of the trout run is reserved for fly-fishing. Trout anglers share the river with white water rafters, another popular local sport. The streets are narrow and many of the old houses are nicely restored or truly ancient. On the main square you’ll find many buildings painted with trompe-l’oeil scenes. The heart of the town is the narrow old streets parallel to the river, lined with high buildings, and the even narrower connecting streets (ruelles) that pass as tunnels through the buildings.

Lunch with Riny

French village Breil Sur Roya

Riny was a great host, an Aussie who has lived in Europe for many years.

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La Brigue ancient French village

August 16, 2015 by David Herd

La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village

La Brigue ancient French village

La Brigue ancient French village north of Menton was originally part of Italy, the village was annexed to France as part of the Treaty of Paris in 1947.

Donjon tower

La Brigue ancient French village

 The village is both pretty and interesting, with colourful buildings, ancient churches, arcades, vaulted passages, streets to explore, and the pleasure of a fast-flowing river that’s joined by a mountain stream in the centre. The stream is called “Rio Sec”, or dry river, but was full of spring water when we were there. Many of the buildings are of natural stone and many are nicely renovated with pastel facades and green doorways and steps. The 14th-c medieval Chateau des Lascaris perched above the village is in ruins, with only some walls and a tall, round donjon tower remaining. Partial reconstruction, however, has been started, and the castle is used for medieval festival weekends. Reconstruction will be followed by archaeological digs on the site.

 Medieval stone structures

La Brigue ancient French village

 La Brigue is very attractive with steep rocky hills rising either side, also there are several important monuments.

ANCIENT STONE FOUNTAIN

La Brigue ancient French village

This fountain is dated 1741.

The water tastes so pure & cold

La Brigue ancient French village

This water is worth bottling.

Homes in La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village

Wonderful ancient stone buildings.

La Brigue French village

La Brigue ancient French village
As you can imagine there are not too many hotels in La Brigue, Hotel Le Terminus is a good choice, excellent rates if you book through this link.

St Martin collegiate church

La Brigue ancient French village

I rarely enter a church however in La Brique I made an exception.

St Martin collegiate church

La Brigue ancient French village

A great shot of the local church.

Ancient buildings & narrow lanes

La Brigue ancient French village

One of the fascinating cobblestone lanes.

La Brigue ancient French village

La Brigue ancient French village

La Brique is a great example of a typical French mountain village.

La Brigue is on the Roya river

La Brigue ancient French village

Perched on the banks of the Sur Roya.

Looks like it will last 1000 years

La Brigue ancient French village

I’m guessing it has been there 1000 years already.

Deborah Holliday & Jodie ONiell

La Brigue ancient French village

These lovely ladies from the Gold Coast were my travelling companions. We were based at Breil Sur Roya between Saorge & Airole.

David Herd at La Brigue

La Brigue ancient French village

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Saorge beautiful French village

August 15, 2015 by David Herd

This village is spectacular

Saorge beautiful French village

Saorge beautiful French village

 Saorge beautiful French village was classed as one of the “40 most beautiful villages of France”. The main village streets traverse narrowly between the buildings at very different levels, with smaller streets and steps leading up and down between them. The view from anywhere in the village is spectacular, looking outward to snow-capped mountains in the middle distance (into May and June) and the deep gorge and rushing white-water river below.

Road to Saorge

Saorge beautiful French village

The region belonged to the old County of Nice. From 1388 to 1860 Saorge was part of Sardinia-Piedmont when it was ceded to France. In June 1793 the armies of the First French Republic and Sardinia clashed here. In the Battle of Saorgio on 24–28 April 1794, the French wrested the town from the Piedmontese. The town was returned to Sardinia-Piedmont after the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Saorge beautiful French village

Saorge beautiful French village

 Saorge is 11 km north of Breil Sur Roya where we were based. There are so many interesting French & Italian villages in this particular area, you can spend weeks exploring these fabulous part of Europe.


Bath house or wash house?

Saorge beautiful French village

Whichever one it is or was I can guarantee it is old, very old. 🙂

Saorge homes

Saorge beautiful French village

The tall solid stone houses date from the 15th-17th centuries and line the narrow steep cobbled street that climb up through the village.

Narrow streets & Alleys

Saorge beautiful French village

 Exploring the village is straightforward as the village mostly follows one long street that climbs the hill through Saorge, with lots of smaller alleys climbing the hill to either side.

My travel buddies

Saorge beautiful French village

 Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONiell from the Gold Coast in Australia spent a couple of weeks with me exploring the French & Italian villages, French Riviera & the Cinque Terre. My best travel tip for this area is to base yourself in the central village of Breil Sur Roya, from here you can easily reach all the wonderful surrounding villages similar to Saorge.

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