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AirBNB Adventures 1: Italy & Sicily 2012

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Featured image: View of Ortygia Island, the historical centre of Syracuse, Sicily    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  25 May 2016 AirBNB Adventure 1: Florence to Syracuse, Italy & Sicily 2012 Introduction In thinking about this series, I decided to contact all my previous AirBNB hosts to ask whether they were still active and wanted to be identified specifically or …

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What Travel Costs 7: Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Featured photo: Meat Stall, Muang Mai Markets    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  27 April 2016 What Travel Costs 7: Chiang Mai, Thailand (& Hyderabad, India) The main purpose of my trip was to go to India to undertake a promised visit to my friend Rukmini to catch up. I chose to fly via Bangkok rather than take a cheaper trip with …

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Food in Chiang Mai 5: Airport Plaza

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Featured Image: Airport Plaza, entry to Kad Luang Food Hall, pre-prepared meats to take home   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 9 April 2016 Food in Chiang Mai 5: Airport Plaza with some side notes on Bangkok Articles in the series on food and restaurants in Chiang Mai are: 1 Akha Tribal Food, 2 Pho Vieng Chane, 3 Khao Soy, …

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The Colour of India

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Featured image Lambadi Woman, Gramya 2005 Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 23 March 2016 The Colour of India Introduction Having just visited India in February/March 2016. I’m inspired again by the wonders of India, even though the NGOs I’m aware of despair at the the excesses of the current central government. In mid-2010 the South Coast Pastel Society (New South Wales, …

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Postcard from The Rock of Cashel

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Featured image: The Rock of Cashel, Old Tower, 1101    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  24 January 2015 (Other Postcards are from: Boudhanath Stupa, Dubai, Vienna, Lake Tabourie.) The Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Introduction We left the fancy penthouse, we’d stayed in for two nights on the Quayside in Dublin and headed West on 18 September 2014. Cashel is a …

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Sean Dooley: The Big Twitch

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  17 January 2015    Sean Dooley The Big Twitch, 2005 Occasionally, you read a book that you wouldn’t normally and it surprises you. The Big Twitch is such a book. We were staying with Denise’s mother in Cowra a week ago and I picked up The Big Twitch and began to read it. I found …

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Luhmühlen Horse Trials 2014

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Featured image: Lucinda Fredericks AUS Flying Finish, Jump 5 ICE-VIBE Oxer, Luhmühlen 2014    Breadtag Sagas ©: Authors Denise & Tony,  25 November 2015    Luhmühlen CCI**** Three-Day Event 12-15 June, 2014    Introduction to the sport    Having covered an esoteric sport in Addicted to Sumo too a few weeks ago, Tony thought it was time to cover another: also …

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Autumn in Japan

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Featured image: Not quite Autumn, Miyajima Island, near Hiroshima, 28 October    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  27 October 2015 Japan in Autumn, 2013 Introduction When I was doing my postgraduate research, I found that Canberra in Australia — where I have lived most and reside now — has four seasons of almost exactly three months each. This may be …

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Addicted to Sumo too

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Featured photo: Simon Q Flickr, Wikimedia, Sumo bow-twirling ceremony, May 2014    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  20 October 2015   Sumo Wrestling Japan    Introduction We made our first trip to Japan from 16 October to 25 November 2013. A friend had done a textile tour with Shuji Yamazaki a couple of years previously and had convinced us to …

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What travel costs 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Featured photo: Old City of Dubrovnik, walls & Lokrum Island    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  26 August 2015    This is the second country breakdown of our trip to Europe from 22 April to 6 December 2014. What travel costs 4 covered the whole trip. The current article covers our holiday to Croatia immediately on quitting Germany. Adria Adventure, Dubrovnik and the …

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What travel costs 5: Germany

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Featured photo: Newly sown field near Großenkneten    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  15 August 2015    This is the first country breakdown of our trip to Europe from 22 April to 6 December 2014. What travel costs 4 covered the whole trip. The current article covers our house-sitting in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) from 25 April to 28 June 2014. …

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What travel costs 4: eight months in Europe

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony 30 July 2015    Trip to Europe, April to December 2014. Background Denise and I travelled to Europe on 22 April 2014 and returned on the evening of 6 December. Our trip in Europe lasted just less than 8 months (226 days). One of the reasons for going was to undertake some house-sitting internationally and to …

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Postcard from Vienna: Michaelerplatz sculpture

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  28 June 2015 (Other Postcards are from: Boudhanath Stupa, Dubai, Rock of Cashel, Lake Tabourie.) Trip to Europe 7 September to 8 December 2007    Going back to Vienna in 2007 seems like a time capsule to me, and it’s not long ago. I’d read John Irving’s first novel Setting free the bears years ago …