Did you know that the Apostles of the Great Ocean road fame could have been named “the sow and her piglets”?? Yep. Interesting ways the Aussies come up with names of places. Would that have made the road less “great”? You tell us.
Yippee! We are now onto our Australian series.
Not quite the “The flying doctors” or “Home and away”…heheh, but six (yes 6) handprint stories about the traipsing we have made in the land down under. How do we know about these Aussie drama serials? Well, they did broadcast some of them here in the little red dot long ago. Or as we’d say it here, when policemen wore shorts (they really did – khakis in the 50s & 60s). Heheh, that makes us sound vintage…but we digress. By the way, it was our grandfathers who watched them and we, as children sneaked in for peek.
So back to the road.
Why is it that they call it the Great Ocean Road. Because for us it seems strange when it is mostly single lane all along its 243km (well quote Wiki). At least that was the impression when we first got on the B100, aka – the road. What can you see along this great road? What can you do? Will you find anything nice to eat?
Our little adventure (here) along this stretch of coastal road left us wishing to come back. Wouldn’t you?
It has been almost a month since we did the fantastic road trip in Phuket. Well, more like daily drive excursions, cos’ we were not moving from one location to another. Oh how time flies!
We’ve been on the road since that time as well, thus the journalog has been slow in being completed. As you know, Mel does not like to cut up the journey into separate posts by the day! Besides, we do have a life aside from blogging which we can say is far from not exciting!
So in hindsight, would we have done our road trip any differently?
Yes indeed!! We would have rented the car from day one that we arived in Phuket and expanded our range well outside of the island to Phang-Nga and possibly even towards Krabi! Because all in, it’s within a 100km radius. Perhaps when we return to Phuket in a few years, we could consider that.
And now, we present out road trip to Phuket: here.
Enjoy! And give us your comments. May you have exceedingly good ideas on how to squeeze the most out of your time on this island that some may consider paradise!
Before the Zuidersee was closed from the north sea, the shores of the inland sea were already bustling with towns and fishing villages. Unfortunately the fishery industry has mostly moved away, though tourism has came in its wake. Which is probably all good.
Volendam and Marken are two such towns that have capitalized on this industry catering to the hordes of people eager to know what a Zuidersee town looks like. Unbelievable right?
Eventhough we lived in Holland, we are back in this town ever so often. Mostly to visit our favorite fish shop and fill up with ‘haring’ – fresh herring served raw or perhaps lightly smoked (rare). Served with pickle, it is simply heavenly…especially the new catch in the summer! We think this is an easily acquired taste. If we can, so can you!
Who says only the Japanese eat raw fish?
And watching the throngs of tourists come by is yet another activity we enjoy while strolling along the small harbour front. See them awkwardly try on traditional Dutch dress or bargain noisily with the shopkeepers over some souvenir purchase.
It’s all so funny to watch.
Being a large body of water, the Zuidersee has been renamed Ijselmeer and Markermeer referring to the two sections that were carved out with the construction of the Houtribdijk. Road tripping is so much fun with this ‘new’ route (Ok, so it first opened in 1975…) that saves the effort to drive a longer distance around the perimeter.
Especially on the Houtribdijk, you can drive for miles without another car if you are early enough. Stop along the way for a photo stop (redundant right?). It’s so serene and scenic to watch while having a cup of hot tea (Suan) or coffee (Mel). As the Dutch say, het verzicht hei mooi is! And then end up at Lelystad where the outlets could be offering the latest sale…combines sightseeing and shopping (aargh).
Circling around the Markermeer at different times of the year is definitely fun. During winter, the wind shear can really shift your car sideways. Risky? Yeah, but that’s a good driving experience to have under your belt.