Taking the Scenic Route: The Great Ocean Road

Sarah Cirelli

lorne-great-ocean-road_gor_u_1233198_1150x863.jpg Winding roads of the GOR

While driving along the Great Ocean Road you won’t be disappointed with what this coastal drive has to offer. We managed to tackle the drive in a day, but there are plenty of places to stop overnight along the way if you wish to go at a slower pace. You have the option to book guided tours tosit back and enjoy the scenic views or you can opt to drive it yourself.

14183747_10210363599144868_4289326388097372339_n The Great Ocean Road sign

The drive took my group about 6 hours to complete, but I can assure you you won’t want it to end. Here are some noteworthy stops along the way:

1. The Wreck at Port Cambell

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge was as breathtaking as it looks. When arriving at the site you are standing amongst the limestone rocks and can choose to travel down a winding staircase…

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Embracing the thriving metropolis of Perth.

My heart of wanderlust

Perth is a beautiful diverse sunny place, with sandy uncrowded beaches sprawled along a flat coastal plain, its centured around the Swan river which links into the Indian ocean. The city has a real cosmoplian culture, with out the hustle and bustle of a big city. It oozes a great mix of diversity especially with cusines.

oz 17 (29)

We arrived into perth airport from Singapore, early morning, the whole process didnt take long at all. The international airport being relatively close to the city, we caught a taxi to our Air BNB apartement. Accommadtion is very expensive in Perth , a complete shock from our travels through asia. Hostels being 30 plus each a night we opted to spend a couple of nights in a shared apartment in Victoria Park. This is a 25 minute walk into the CBD. The transport around the city is reliable and reasonable. We used the free…

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Northern Thailand


We made it to to Thailand from Malaysia after 11 hours travelling and crashed in a hostel when we arrived. Our first stop was Koh Samui which is an island in southern Thailand. We were really lucky with our travel, as when we reached the port back on mainland Malaysia we risked it and paid a travel agent to get us to Koh Samui. She proceeded to stick a sticker on both of us which said our destination, took our photo and seemingly sent it to half of Thailand ?

It appeared to work, as despite being dropped off in the back of beyond at several random places in Thailand another bus always arrived to collect us, checked our photo was a match and got us aboard. The second bus was literally full of brand new shiny police recruits on their first day heading to the academy. They had matching…

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Bryce is Nice!

Travel Plan Mom

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” – Anonymous

In a previous post, Beautiful Utah, I mentioned different places in southern Utah that my family and I visited in May of 2017.  Part of our epic journey included a day trip from our rental house near Alton, Utah to Bryce Canyon National Park.

But first, after a much needed morning of rest and relaxation, we stopped for lunch along the way to Bryce at a restaurant called Bryce Canyon Pines.  We, of course, picked this restaurant after reading all the restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor.  There are slim pickin’s around Bryce, and we wanted to pause for a somewhat quick and basic meal that wouldn’t break the bank.  I had also read that Bryce Canyon Pines was supposed to have really good soup and pies!  The food was much as we expected – pretty basic but…

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Chocolate volcano-ring cake for the beekeepers

Mrs Apis Mellifera

As regular readers of my blog will know, the Ealing and District Beekeepers Association is really a tea-and-cake association. Everyone turns up on a Saturday afternoon for a bit of cake at the apiary table washed down by a very good cup of tea. Occasionally, there is some beekeeping too. Yesterday I baked a chocolate bundt cake that disappeared very quickly. It is easy to make.


  • 200g (7oz) butter
  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
  • 300g (10.5oz) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 medium eggs (beaten)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100ml (4oz) semi-skimmed milk
  • 3 dsp assorted chocolate sprinkles
  • icing sugar
  • 22cm (8–9in) bundt tin
  • large mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (338°F) and grease the bundt tin with butter and a light dusting of flour. Also whip the eggs and put to one side.

2. Mix the butter and sugar in the large mixing…

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A Victorian marvel beneath the streets: Crystal Palace subway

Flickering Lamps

Part of the A212 road runs along one side of Crystal Palace Park, carrying traffic between the suburbs of south east London.  However, beneath a section of the road – unbeknownst to those passing above – is a quite astonishing structure, usually hidden from the public.  This is a subway, but not of the concrete, graffiti-ed, dubious-smelling variety more commonly seen beneath Britain’s roads: it is something else altogether.

The entrance to the Crystal Palace subway, usually sealed off

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Eating Around: The Mug House, London Bridge, London

The Discount Deal Menu

Quintessentially British, The Mug House is a pub restaurant within the popular Davy’s chain that smacks of good old fashioned Englishness from centuries ago whilst also being bang up to date with a gourmet menu of classic dishes. Hidden in the domed alcoves of London Bridge, opposite the tourist-trap of the London Dungeons, this hideaway is a real treasure trove.

Bursting at the seams with character, I adored the atmosphere as soon as I stepped foot in the place. I felt as if I had gone back in time thanks to the classically whitewashed walls, multitude of dark wooden beams clustering the ceiling, and large polished beer barrels acting as quirky drinks tables by the entryway bar area.

Already impressed by The Mug House’s traditional yet polished take on a London ale house, my family and I walked around to the restaurant part of the pub, where we would be…

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