Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most famous, and recognizable manmade structures in Australia.  It measures 3,770 ft. long, 160 ft. wide, and 440 ft. tall.  Completed in 1932, the construction of the bridge was an economic feat, …

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The Bridge of Sighs: One Final Look at Venice

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Located just a short walk from Piazza San Marco lies one of the most somber places in all of Venice.  It is known as the Bridge of Sighs.  Built in the early 17th century, it connected the Palazzo Ducale to …

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Venice, Italy: The Floating City of Romance!

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Venice is a unique city because it is built entirely on water.  It extends along 118 separate islands divided by canals but connected by more than four hundred bridges.  The city is a treasure trove for art lovers, classical music …

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Dot and the Kangaroo

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In 1899, Ethel C. Pedley’s “Dot and the Kangaroo” told the story of a little girl named Dot who wanders off into the Australian bush.  She is befriended by a mother kangaroo who feeds Dot special berries that allow her …

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Bangers and Mash

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One of the most delicious comfort foods in England is Bangers and Mash.  To be more specific, it is a plate of Cumberland sausage and mashed potatoes.  Cumberland sausage is a pork sausage, usually seasoned with black pepper, white pepper, …

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Oyster Farmer: A tale of friendship, family, sex, and shellfish!

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Back in the summer of 2005, I read about an Australian foreign film in the New York Times called “Oyster Farmer”.  At the time, I had developed a real fascination with Australian culture, and I had to check out this …

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Sydney Opera House: Where Sydney Sings!

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You know when you go to an exotic locale, that’s home to a world famous landmark, you brace yourself as you prepare to set your eyes on what you have built up in your mind as a mythical place?  You’re …

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Kuranda: A Town in the Treetops!

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The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village lies about 15 miles (24km) northwest of Cairns, Australia and is surrounded by a thick, dense rainforest.  The entire town feels like one big treehouse, only with kangaroos, koalas, and plenty of stalls …

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Sydney: Australia’s Most Famous City!

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When you think of the words Australia and city, one place come to mind: Sydney!  This beautiful city in southeastern Australia has everything this country is famous for. One thing to consider is that this city is famous for more …

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