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Better than Paradise: Coolangatta Gold

Better than Paradise: Coolangatta Gold

The pleasures of a surfing town. In Coolangatta on the Gold Coast, the diamonds are scattered out to sea.

Postcard from Surfers

Postcard from Surfers

Hi-rise in Paradise: In the built environment of Surfers

In Unenglish Country Gardens

In Unenglish Country Gardens

A tour of four Victorian country gardens: a heavenly season of dry plantings, dams and spring blossoms.

Driving to the Walls of China

Driving to the Walls of China

Lake Mungo and the Walls of China. An exotic, ineffable landscape of prehistory: here was Mungo Man, here was Mungo Lady. The endless plains of Mallee scrub. The glistening banks of the Darling. It called; we drove.

Almost Spring (in the Dandenong gardens)

Almost Spring (in the Dandenong gardens)

We went for a little walk up in the gardens of the Dandenongs, driving through the cool air of Sassafras and its pretty tourist strip into Olinda. We stopped at Cloudehill, a remarkable formal garden created by Jeremy Francis, celebrating its 20th year (though its history goes back to the 1890s). Adult entry $7.50. When […]

Paris: classique meals 1

Paris: classique meals 1

Observations and not some haiku from the streets of Paris Classique, adjectif Sens 1, Qui fait autorité, qui est considéré comme un modèle. Anglais (auteur) classical author, (oeuvre) classic. 5.1 Steak-frites According to Anthony Bourdain: “It was onglet, and I was immediately struck by its ropy, not-too-tender but not-too-tough texture and its strong, almost kidneyish flavor.” […]

Paris: appetiser, l'amuse bouche

Paris: appetiser, l'amuse bouche

Just a teaser for upcoming food posts. So many unnecessary calories, so little time. This is totally froggy boeuf bourguignon. (But not as Julia Child has recipe’d it; at least it never turned out like this.) It was ace.

Paris: Metro verse notes

Paris: Metro verse notes

Observations and not very high ku from the streets of Paris 4.1 Le metro, verse notes for previous post Hausmann, Madeleine, Concorde, Assemblée Nationale, Rue du Bac. Voulez-vous? Saint Germain des-Pres, Odeon, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, Rambuteau. Qu’est-ce que c’est? Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble, Tres bien ensemble. + + + As I enjoy […]

Paris Hyperku: le metro

Paris Hyperku: le metro

Observations and not very high ku from the streets of Paris 4. Le metro There’s something always a bit futuristic about le metro in Paris. It’s no more efficient than, say, Singapore’s or Hong Kong’s or Tokyo’s, but it has a style, a je ne sais quoi. It reminds me of that 31 year old […]

Paris Hyperku: dans les rues de Paris

Paris Hyperku: dans les rues de Paris

Observations and not very high ku from the streets of Paris 3. Dans les rues de Paris 3.1) I love Paris . . . in sub-zero Ah, the opposite of tropics: snow flaking like dessicated coconut. Constant Gardener and I were scurrying to the Galeries Lafeyette to do a spot of shopping, when we started […]