Travel that throws you back

In the 1984 comedy movie, Top Secret, the French resistance group has a member whose name is De Ja Vu.  There is a scene in the movie where he is introduced to another character and he looks at him suspiciously and says, “Haven’t I met you somewhere before?”

Like deja vu, the sense of nostalgia can be triggered by an experience we are having.  I was reminded of this recently when I saw an Instagram post of a Sydney ferry.  Immediately I was taken back to 1983, pressing play on my red Sharp QT-12 cassette recorder to listen to Reckless by Aussie Crawl.  The line in the song about the Manly ferry cutting its way through to Circular Quay came straight back to me just looking at the Instagram post of a Sydney Ferry.

It reminded me of how our senses are heightened when we travel.  It works both ways as well.  When I travelled through South Africa with my daughter we noticed the Jacaranda trees in glorious purple bloom and it reminded us of the streets around our home in Perth.  Now when I see Jacaranda trees around Perth I’m reminded of travelling through South Africa with my daughter.

There’s so many other ways this can happen.  Like the Instagram photo, I read a travel article the other day that included a photo of Polignano A Mare in Pulia, Italy.  The photo was of a particular part of Polignano A Mare that I swam at, ruining many tourists photos.  It’s one of the great joys of travelling; the years afterwards when you see the places you have been to in movies and the news or read descriptions of them in stories.

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Ah!  Cream buns.  For me the sight and the smell reminds me of the Rottnest Bakery on a summers day.  Perhaps it triggers a memory for you of the Dunsborough Bakery or the bakery in your local town.

The sights and smells of our travels throw us back in time and similarly, the joy of travel will be triggered for the rest of your life  as you smell a cream bun or pad thai, check your friends social media posts or watch the latest blockbuster at the movies.  Revel in it!  Enjoy what travel can do to your senses and your memories!

Hong Kong with Typhoon Tom

What’s just as important as the destination?  The journey of course!  How could I resist using the image of Tom and his Cathay Pacific entourage as the featured image for this post?

Tom and I have just returned from Hong Kong where we travelled with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong Disneyland, stayed at the Disneyland Explorers Lodge and spent a day on Hong Kong Island riding the Star Ferry and trains and visiting tucked away laneway markets filled with toys and communist memorabilia.

Typhoon Tom couldn’t sit still.  He watched movies and played games, ate amazing food and endless ice-cream and made new friends.  And that was just on the Cathay Pacific flights.

While I get busy writing up our adventures, enjoy a few pics from our time in one of the worlds bucket list countries and bucket list theme parks.

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Turn around Tom!  Our wheels are about to touch down on Hong Kong!

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The Star Ferry is old, slow and completely and utterly gorgeous and cheap.

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Tom tests his strength in Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland

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Pocket watches of all shapes and sizes at Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street) Market.  You’ll also find Communist era propaganda posters and lots of Mao Tse Tung statuettes and even copies of his little red book.

Apurva Kempinski delivers a new experience on the greatest island in the world.

My son Tom and I recently travelled with Batik Air to our favourite island in the world, Bali, to experience a new resort, Apurva Kempinski.  It was promised to us as a ‘new era of first class hospitality’ and without doubt the level of luxury is absorbing from the moment you arrive.

The soaring spaces of the reception area set the scene for the essence of Balinese culture that ebbs and flows seamlessly throughout a visually stunning resort that is located on the south eastern tip of Nusa Dua, just a quick fifteen minute drive from the airport.

While I get busy writing and talking about this experience in more detail, sit back and enjoy a few photos of an experience that is perfect for couples of all ages, families of all ages, those who want to get married and even just a boy and his dad finding quiet spaces to chat, noisy spots to play and lots to discover in between.

 

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Batik Air are a wonderful family friendly airline who love opportunities to ensure that children have good flying experiences.

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Evening view from our suite.  Private pool to the right, Indian Ocean to the left.
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1-2-3 Go!

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Kempinski Hotels around the world are famous for their concierge Ladies in Red.  While Tom loved his Ladies in Red he also loved meeting our special friends Kadek and Danti who made sure every experience and moment was special.

6PR Perth Tonight Interview: Undiscovered Lands in Well Discovered Countries

In a recent Friday night conversation with Chris Ilsley on 6PR Perth Tonight we had a great conversation about undiscovered lands in well discovered countries, particularly Puglia in Italy and Kerala in India.  If you’d like to listen, the link below should take you to the 6PR website.

Hidden gems of India and Italy with Chris Parry

Discover these regions before everyone else does.  In Puglia do a walking tour with Exodus Travels through olive groves and ancient towns.  In Kerala, explore the quiet streets of Fort Kochi and be surrounded not by the crush of congestion like India’s north but by the scent of spices being harvested and dried in the laneways of this peaceful and beautiful region known throughout India as ‘God’s own country’.

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Pic above: Matera in Puglia is one of Europes most ancient cities and is the 2019 European City of Culture.

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Pic above: As busy as traffic gets in Fort Kochi, Kerala.  Visit the spice traders of Fort Kochi, watch the Chinese Fishing Nets be raised at sunset, recline in the gondolas of the Allepey Backwater canals and walk through the tea plantations of the Munnar Highlands.

 

 

 

 

 

With Have a Go News Newspaper and lifestyle website The Starfish, let’s find out where I found love. There you go, I’ve said it.

They make movies here.  It’s a land that gave birth to one of the worlds greatest crooners and one of the worlds greatest songs.  Below are some links to my story, published in The Starfish and also by Have A Go Newspaper.  This is a love story.  This is a story about Puglia, a land with towns that one junior reviewer of my work described as, ‘being full of towns with funny names’.  He’s right.  Puglia does have lots of towns with names you just want to keep on saying, not just for the memories but for the mood it puts you in, just like humming a few bars of ‘Volare’.

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Click to access 320digital.pdf

http://www.thestarfish.com.au/author/chris-parry/

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ABC Breakfast Show: Let a Regional Show Pull You Out of the City

 

Great discussion on the ABC Saturday Breakfast Show about the lure of the regional shows – the agriculural shows – that can get city folk hitting the road for a day trip or weekender.

Regional shows have big tractors, big roosters and rams and if you’re lucky, big scones and mock chicken sandwiches in the CWA tent.

A wander through sideshow alley with spruikers enticing your participation with great calls of, “Don’t be bashful, don’t be shy, step on up and have a try!”

Just remember the golden rule on the Dodgems/Bumper Cars; “One way ’round only drivers, one way ’round only!  Left hand down, left hand down is the only way ’round!”

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6PR with Chris Ilsley: Putting A Face To The Name – Mount Agung

 

She is an old girl.  She is the Old Girl.  She is over 3000m high.  That’s nearly a kilometre higher than Australia’s biggest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, and about two kilometres than Western Australia’s biggest peak, Bluff Knoll.

In my discussion on 6PR’s Perth Tonight with Chris Ilsley, we discussed my fears in climbing this volcano (twice!) and the view from the top and just what it means for Mount Agung to be a member of the Ring of Fire.

In the picture above, I have reached the summit and the pyramid shape you can see is the shadow of Mt Agung projected onto the clouds and ground below.