Quite by accident I discovered this new little museum down near the end of Thanon Silorn, just up from the State Tower in Bangkok that has Sirroco Restaurant on the 63rd Floor. It is a delightful 3 story building with an array of colourful and interesting seashells from all over, arranged in ecosytem groups. There are signs in Thai and English and even a children’s hands on display in a sand bucket making it very child friendly. Continue reading
The Royal Melbourne Zoo is definitely worth a visit, particularly for the kids. There’s plenty to do, decent maps all over the zoo plus good food options for when you get hungry. The zoo also has evening performances and holiday activities for children so be sure to check out their website before you go. http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne Continue reading
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Or if we place it into an Indonesian context; Masjid Istiqlal, which I blogged about here, holds an estimated 100,000 people. If Friday prayers were held it would not even fill up one corner very much….Suddenly not so impressive.
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Royal Exhibition Building
I discovered a free walking tour of Melbourne, so one winter’s day decided to try it out.
“The Melbourne Free Tour is a three hour walking tour around one of the most culturally captivating cities in the world. Follow the story of Melbourne from European settlement right through to modern times and get an insiders guide to the lane ways, arcades and street art scene!
The tour guides are committed to providing everyone with an incredible tour. Discover the stories that shaped Melbourne, the contemporary culture and local hotspots.” Continue reading
Looking over at North Korea
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ; Hangul: 한반도 비무장지대; Hanja: 韓半島非武裝地帶) is a strip of land running across theKorean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ is a de-factoborder barrier, which runs along the38th parallel north. The DMZ cuts the Korean Peninsula roughly in half, crossing the 38th parallel on an angle, with the west end of the DMZ lying south of the parallel and the east end lying north of it. It was created as part of the Korean Armistice Agreement between North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and the United Nations Command forces in 1953.
It is 250 kilometres (160 miles) long, approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) wide and despite its name is the most heavily militarized border in the world.
Visiting the DMZ from Seoul can be done in a day, there is a lookout, a museum and you can catch an underground train through one of the discovered illegal tunnels built by the North. Continue reading
I did this a few years ago, it was only a stationary hot air balloon, but well worthwhile nonetheless. From memory it was about $20 for a 15 minute ride.