One thing led to another

We have been thinking about overseas holiday plans for next year and part of that is time in the Hebrides and the Shetland Islands.  On a recent visit to the library I borrowed this book.

It is a wonderful book for the traveller to the Hebrides as it gives such detail about what to expect but it also includes excerpts from some fiction that Peter May has written.  I had not heard of this author but he has won awards for his writing and is well known in the UK for his work in television.

The fiction that is mentioned in the travel book Hebrides led me to check out the title at my local library.  The first in the Lewis Trilogy is The Blackhouse and I read that at lightening speed.  There were so many instances of experiences I had as a child in the highlands of Caithness.  I loved the book and even though it was crime fiction there was so much detail about life on the islands that you would enjoy the book even though you were not a crime fiction fan.

I immediately reserved the remaining two books in the trilogy and promptly finished them.

I have checked out the internet for ideas for our trip next year and have discovered that there is a trail you can follow that visits places mentioned in the books.  I include the link here at The Lewis Trilogy.

The picture above is an example from the website.

When I first started looking for ideas on travel in the Hebrides

this was the page from a book on travel in Scotland that I was going to base our journey around.  I will now be looking into the holiday in much more detail.

I highly recommend the Lewis Trilogy.

Tuesday Travels. . . A Canberra attraction that is often missed by tourists

Canberra, as our nation’s capital, has many attractions for the tourists but one which is perhaps not as well known as the others is the National Archives. . . . “We are the nation’s memory – a living collection of government records illuminating our history and identity.”

It is an unprepossessing building which in its former life housed government offices and was a post office. You can read its history on the red sign shown in the photo.

The Archives building is hidden away to the back and left of old Parliament House.  It is in the Parliamentary triangle so is within easy access of the Parliament buildings, the Art Gallery, the Portrait Gallery, the High Court and Questacon – Science and Technology Centre. . . . . . .all worth a visit.

It had been a while since we had last been there so decided to pay a visit.  There was an excellent exhibition on the life of Gough Whitlam, one of our previous prime ministers.  The archives has much to commend it and I suggest you take a quick look at the National Archives of Australia website to get some idea of what to expect if you decide to visit.

I have used the online facility to research my family’s arrival in Australia.  You can get copies of documents and can make use of the reading room.  My younger daughter was able to get copies of the Defence service record of her grandpa who served on the Kokoda Track in World War 2.



I’ve been on holiday

I have been missing on the blog for a while as I have been away on holiday . . . destination Hawaii.

I was on holiday with my elder daughter and we had a wonderful time.  We stayed at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki beach.

The hotel is one of the oldest in Honolulu and has a very stately feel to it.

It opens directly onto Waikiki beach

and the restaurant is directly behind the beach.

You can see the hotel beach chairs from the restaurant.  We hired beach chairs one day and spent some leisurely time on the beach.

The beach chairs have a flag attached to them and when you want waiter service you just lift up the flag and your waiter appears.  How good is that?

We didn’t spend the whole day there as we had other items to check off on our list of things to do.

The interior of the hotel still has the feel of something from colonial times and the flower arrangements were beautiful.

I will post more details of our trip in later posts.