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Travel Theme: Stone

Having been back home meant back to the usual grind of life – work, friends, coffees, food, sights, sounds, smells and of course the beach.  Ailsa’s Travel Theme last week was Stone.  A couple of the beaches I enjoy visiting on the Gold Coast has a good collection of stones, both big and small.

A bird's view of Burleigh Heads and Surfer's Paradise

A bird’s view of Burleigh Heads and Surfer’s Paradise

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Fishing and boating on the Spit

Fishing and boating on the Spit

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Don’t forget to visit Where’s My Backpack for more Travel Theme.  Have a great week everyone.

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Travel Theme: Beaches

I love beaches and I love that Where’s My Backpack chose this for this week’s Travel Theme.

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Byron Bay, Australia

Byron Bay is in the Northeastern end of New South Wales, Australia.  Know for many things such as the beautiful beaches, Cape Byron Lighthouse, funky shops, cafes and restaurants.  When you visit Byron Bay you will experience a relaxed atmosphere and people who seemed too cool to worry about issues or dramas everywhere else.

We’ve visited Byron Bay many times.  Before I remembered the place to have more people who preferred the ‘alternative’ lifestyle.  On our recent visit the place still had most of the familiar places to visit, except it felt more upgraded.  Some buildings were upgraded to modern accommodations and new retail outlets.  The beach, I’m glad to report, was still pristine.  Sadly I didn’t get to visit the lighthouse this time and missed the chance to (hopefully) catch a glimpse of visiting whales.

Here are some snaps of this gorgeous, funky town…

We arrived around midmorning in time for a late breakfast at my favourite cafe – Twisted Sista.  This cafe has some twistedly looking food.  I had to have the big breakfast!

I’m warning you, this breakfast is not for the faint of hearts, it was massive! and I was struggling.  The good news is we can burn all those calories by walking through the town centre and enjoy more sight.  And the beach… another little piece of heaven in Australia.

After a bit of walk around the town centre we needed to head down to the beach and chill.  This was the first time I saw this beach a little bit crowded with little young things clearly enjoying their schoolies break.

These boys looked like they were ready to tackle a major challenge, good luck!

And after all the walking and soaking the warm sun it was time for a late lunch…next to Mary Ryan’s we noticed a new cafe – Dip, so we had a look inside.

After consuming that hearty chicken salad we bid farewell, once again, and promise to visit another fine sunny day.  Maybe next time when the whales are there blowing their air holes across the Cape Byron lighthouse.


Famous For Fun! Gold Coast, Australia

So…Famous For Fun!  That’s the new slogan for the Gold Coast (Queensland) for this year.  We’ve been away for four years and we get back to being famous for fun from being “Beautiful One Day, Perfect The Next!”  (which I still prefer) and I hope there are no negative connotations to the new slogan.  On the most positive side – We are Home!  It feels great to be back to the endless, uninterrupted, blue skies, beautiful beaches and beautifully tanned people…  Here are some snippets of those beaches, and I promise there are more than these, along with fun images around.

It has been gorgeous everyday since we got back.  Some Goldies said that the weather is better this week – it showed off just as we came!  It was also wonderful to catch up with friends over dinner and drinks, watch the morning news and gossip or just walking along the beach and getting sand between our toes.  Priceless!