The Perils of Paradise – Koh Rong

The Perils of Paradise – Koh Rong

What makes a "paradise island"? A beautiful, white sandy beach? Warm, perfectly clear sea, complete with shoals of playful tropical fish? Wooden bungalows that look out over long stretches of unspoilt and virtually uninhabited coastline? A bit of jungle in ...

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

It's still the mid-nineteenth century in the Old Town in Luang Prabang. At least that's what they like you to think. One of the more upmarket bars even advertises itself as taking you "back to the elegant good old days, ...

Gliding Through Jewels and Jade – Halong Bay

Gliding Through Jewels and Jade – Halong Bay

We'd been warned, but the weather was a bit of a suprise, to be honest. From the warm stickiness of Saigon and the Mekong Delta, arriving in Hanoi in Northern Vietnam was a little like arriving to a late Autumn ...

Faces of Tet – A Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Faces of Tet – A Vietnamese Lunar New Year

For the last week, Saigon has been filling with flowers. As the numbers of Westerners diminish and the hotels and restaurants become crowded with revisiting expat Vietnamese and those taking an early holiday, the signs have been abound that the ...

New Friends – Allambie

New Friends – Allambie

Never ones to over sell things, 'amazing' is a word we try not to use too casually. However, our time in Saigon has truly been 'amazing', thanks to our new friends from Allambie Orphanage [caption id="attachment_1001" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Clockwise ...

Satays-faction – Bali Asli Cookery School

Satays-faction – Bali Asli Cookery School

Since we were joined for New Year in Bali by some of our family and friends, we've been eating, drinking and generally making merry in the Seminak area. Our retreat, which was refreshing in so many ways, is over and ...

Rain and Rest With Friends – Melbourne

Rain and Rest With Friends – Melbourne

One aspect of long-term travelling that we perhaps hadn't anticipated, but which makes total sense when you consider it, is the fact that when you get to a place of comfort, you feel a magnetic pull just to stay there ...

Whales And Wales – Puerto Madryn

Whales And Wales – Puerto Madryn

For a nineteenth century Welsh immigrant arriving in Puerto Madryn after two months on a boat, the landscape of their new Patagonian home must have been quite a disappointment. The miles and miles of flat and featureless shrubland would surely ...

Perito Moreno Glacier – It´s Cracking!

Perito Moreno Glacier – It´s Cracking!

Perito Moreno Glacier in Southern Argentina is like nothing I´ve ever seen. Nestled in the snow-capped mountains of Patagonia, near the town of El Calafate, it´s one of only a few glaciers that are actually growing. This means the sounds ...

Portraits of Uruguay

Portraits of Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay... Colonia, Uruguay... Oh, and we went to the Museo del Fútbol at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo - the home of the very first world cup...

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A few mini adventures in Lima today, including an impromptu Spanish class and lots of men with guns (don’t panic mum). It’s weird to leave in summer and arrive in winter – cool and drizzly today. Long bus journey to Cuzco tomorrow, 21 hours in fact! I hope the views will be as good as those from the plane – […]

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Today has been a long old day. We began at 3.30am on Sunday, have travelled for 21 hours and it’s still only 6.40pm on Sunday. The flights weren’t as bad as expected (Iberia have a dearth of in-flight entertainment – H:”that was actually the worst film I’ve ever seen”) and were brightened up by spectacular views of the Amazon and […]

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After a 0630 start, a sausage sub and some heavy lifting, our worldly belongings are now safely stashed above a Subway shop in Preston. Many thanks to the Butty Brothers for that. We managed to get the van back to London in one piece and although Paul is sad that he is no longer ‘KING OF THE ROOOAAD!’, we are […]

We’re packing up, squeezing things into boxes and getting ready to take the first (hired) van outta London! In fact we’re lucky to have a couple of days to get the incredibly boring work of packing done before we drive up north to stash our stuff above a sandwich shop. One nice thing about our street we’re leaving is that […]

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Helen certainly wears her heart on her toes. Not only do you get great travel advice, quality luggage and the odd drink or two out of Anna and Miles, the lovely Unwins have provided Helen with some more than apt footwear for the beach! What you can’t see from the photo is her smile…

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Here’s a map of our route around the world. We’ll try to update it , if and when we can. First up, a pretty long flight and a 21 hour bus journey into the Andes!     View Paul and Helen Chase the Summer in a larger map

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In case you missed it, here’s a link to our old wedding blog…  Have a look at our wedding blog here…  

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Check back to catch up on the travels of Paul and Helen. Next stop, Heathrow Airport, 14th August 2011!

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