Wonsan – The Drive from Hamhung and an Introduction

Pyongyang is often referred to as a showcase capital, for good reason. Anyone who is anyone lives in Pyongyang, anyone who is not anyone is only permitted to enter the city under special circumstances and they certainly cannot live there. The infrastructure, buildings, services and facilities are the best North Korea can offer.

With a few noted exceptions, North Korea outside Pyongyang is a different world but it is a world that is changing, albeit slowly. While only the fifth largest city with a population of around 365,000, Wonsan, in terms of recent development, comes (a distant) second to Pyongyang.

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Other Civic and Private Buildings in Goulburn

I have written a number of posts on individual buildings in Goulburn.

This post is a compendium review on a number of other civic and privately constructed buildings in the city that I find particularly interesting. It is by no means intended to be fully inclusive and there are many other beautiful buildings for the visitor to explore on their own account – the statuary in my main picture above adorns one such building, the former Australian Mutual Provident Society on Auburn Street. The centre of the city is small so just park your vehicle and go for a wander. Continue reading “Other Civic and Private Buildings in Goulburn”

Adelaide For Young And Old

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A criticism often levelled against Adelaide is that it is a city of old people, for old people. When I first starting visiting to Adelaide, many years ago now, I subscribed to this view but as the years have passed I subscribe to it less and less. My more cynical reader might suggest (if he or she were not so kind) that this is due to the fact that I have aged somewhat and now fit nicely into sleepy old Adelaide! Continue reading “Adelaide For Young And Old”

Walk the Port

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In addition to being the best way to get around “Walk the Port” is the title of an excellent walking guide for the historic area of Port Adelaide. The guide can be picked up at the tourist office/ visitors centre on the intersection of Commercial Road and St Vincent’s Street (from which the walk starts).

The guide highlights 38 points of interest along a very pleasant, level route of a few kilometres. As I have indicated on my introduction page the majority of my reviews here relate to attractions identified along this walk. Continue reading “Walk the Port”

Moseley Square and the Beachouse – General

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Moseley Square, named after an early councillor, is a popular gathering spot for people and the terminus for the tram connecting Glenelg to Adelaide. A number of eateries are located within the square which sits at the end of Jetty Road, itself full of eateries.

In terms of attractions in or around the Square, I have prepared separate reviews on:

Glenelg Beach
Glenelg Jetty
The Pioneer Memorial

While in the square area also have a look at: Continue reading “Moseley Square and the Beachouse – General”

Dunluce ‘Castle’ and the Reverend Macully

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Having been born in Northern Ireland, when I saw reference to a residence called ‘Dunluce’ in Brighton it attracted my immediate attention. Dunluce is the name of a now ruined medieval castle (picture below, courtesy of Wikipedia) on the north coast of Northern Ireland, not far from Coleraine were I lived for a number of years. Continue reading “Dunluce ‘Castle’ and the Reverend Macully”

Catch the Train to Grange

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Grange, formerly a village separate from Adelaide, is now one of a number of seaside suburbs to the north of the city, along the beautiful coast of Gulf St Vincent.

Once one traverses a small amount of vegetated sand dunes one gets to a beautiful white sand beach. Bring your own shade, sunscreen and lots of water. There are ample access points along the esplanade and there is direct access from the small commercial part of Grange by the jetty. Continue reading “Catch the Train to Grange”

Largs Bay And The Largs Pier Hotel

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Largs Bay is the smallest of a number of seaside resorts on Gulf St Vincent and is within easy reach of Adelaide city centre (15kms). Located between Semaphore and Outer Harbor it is certainly worth a stop if you are driving around the LeFevre Peninsula or riding along the cycle path which runs from Outer Harbor, in the north, to Brighton, in the south. Outside the natural beauty of the coastline the historic Largs Pier Hotel is worthy a look. Continue reading “Largs Bay And The Largs Pier Hotel”