Svalbard is an island group, halfway between the top of Norway and the North Pole. It is perhaps the most accessible part of the Arctic.This was a complementary tour to that of January 2016 to Antarctica - even the same boat and the same travelling companions, plus Graeme Sinclair. Our tour around the islands was in search of wildlife and landscapes, with the polar bear the one to spot. Luckily we saw bear, blue whales, belugas, walruses and arctic fox, plus lots of birds and landscape. Another great journey to the frozen wastes. Some photos can be found here.
Bernadette and Michael travelled to Europe on June 2017. We had two trips in mind; firstly a trip together through Germany and then we would separate. Michael (with Mary, John, John and Graeme) would head for Svalbard, while Bernadette and Maud cruised the Baltic.
The German component was a clockwise tour through German cities, starting at Berlin and ending at Hamburg, before we headed to Copenhagen to begin the cruises. We travelled by train, which is a very effective approach in Germany. We saw much of Germany in our three weeks and probably had more than enough German food (there is a limt to the amount of potatoes, wurst, snitzel and pork knuckle that is reasonable).
The photos here tell the story.
Bernadette and Michael, along with Michael's sister Clare, headed for China in November 2016. The objective was to visit Anne, who had taken a position teaching outside Beijing. We took the opportunity to see a little of China, during the weekdays when Anne was occupied teaching. This involved a trip by train to Xi'an, Shanghai and returning to Beijing. We also spent a week at Anne's apartment, in an isolated rural area remote from reasonable public transportation.
If the smog clears a little, photos are possible. Some can be found here.
Continuing with our theme that 2015 was the year of South America, Michael set off at year end for a trip to the Falklands (or Malvinas, if you are in Argentina), South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. No Bernadette on this one; the frozen wastes and the high seas have no appeal for her. Travel companions on this one were John Dixon and Mary & John Hawkins. It proved an exciting and enthralling journey.
Photos will never do the experience justice, but some pictures are posted here.
We decided that 2015 was the year of South America. We hadn't been there and Bernadette was keen to get to the Galapagos (in fact, so was Michael). So, we spent five weeks in Ecuador and Peru to begin our exploration of this fascinating part of the world.
Some pictures can be found here.
With Georgia's safe arrival, we decided that we could take a break during the July school holidays, so we booked for an Intrepid tour of Cambodia. This travelled from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, via Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battanbang. We added a few days in HCMC and the Mekong to the start and and day in Bangkok to fill out the time available.
Some pictures can be found here.
Darwin in the Wet
We travelled to Darwin about 20 years ago. We had always wanted to go back to see what Darwin and the national parks were like in the Wet, so we headed off in January 2014. To add some interest, we travelled on the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin.
Some pictures can be found here.
Travels above the 49th parallel
We had always had in mind that we should visit Canada. Christine (Bernadette's sister) and husband Maurice has the same thought, so we planned a holiday together. Of course, Canada is an enormous country, so you have to make some choices. We wanted to see as much as possible, so we decided to take four weeks and see both the east and west coasts. We also wanted to avoid lots of "one night stops" - after all, this was a holiday.
We travelled to Montreal, Quebec and Toronto and, for the "Anne" fans, we spent a few days on Prince Edward Island. We then took the Canadien - the train across Canada from Toronto to Jasper, wher we spent a week in the Rockies. The another train, the Rocky Mountaineer, to Vancouver.
Bernadette and Michael had an ambition to see Alaska, and this seemed to be fairly close. So, we arrived two weeks befoire Christine & Maurice and took a cruise to Alaska and then spent four days travelling to Fairbanks via Denali National Park.
Some pictures of our travels are given here.
Winter in the Land of the Rising Sun!
The 2013 January school holidays presented an opportunity to visit Japan for three weeks. Bernadette, Anne and Michael made the journey. The trip was partly an opportunity to see the country and (for Michael & Anne) an opportunity to experience the powder snow of Niseko. It was great to experience Japan in winter, particularly on the Honshu mountains and in Hokkaido, where deep show covered the landscape. Some pictures are given here.
Lions and tigers and bears - Oh My!
The 2012 third term holidays were spent in Botswana. Bernadette and Michael flew to Jo'burg and joined a 14 day tour through the game reserves of Botswana, ending at Victoria Falls. They saw lots of animals and birds, including the famous "Big Five" - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Africa is amazing. The sense of being with the animals in their natural environment is fantastic and photos will never do it justice, but the best we can do are here.
Luxury, dust and gorgeous gorges
Bernadette and Michael spent the 2012 second term holidays in the Kimberleys. They flew to Broome for a few days and then set off in a hired 4WD campervan, travelling up the Gibb River Road to Kununurra before turning south along the highway back to Broome. They visted numbers of the gorges along the Gibb River Road, toook a flight over Lake Argyle and the Bungle Bungles and then visited Purnululu National Park to see the banded domes at close quarters. A few more days in Broome rounded out the two weeks. Some photos of the trip are here.
The Entwisle Clan gathers for 2012
The extended family spent the weekend of 20th May 2012 at the United Church camp at Merricks. This was a great location - we had enough rooms for everyone and a large community kitchen and gathering area. Everyone could make it, except Sue and Liz who were in the US. Natalie, Mark and Amelea came from Perth. We arrived on the Friday night for a "Mexican night", including burritos, taco, nachos, guacomole, margaritas and some pinata bashing. On Saturday, the many of the group went to the Enchanted Maze, while others went for a Spa or to other local attractions. The weather was kind, so we could have a kick of the footy and a campfire in the evening, followed by a meal to celebrate Pauline and Brian's 40th wedding anniversary (and also Kendell's birthday). Sunday was an opportunity for a walk on Merricks Beach and for Oli and Ben to play in the water ("don't get wet" - ha!). Some photos are here.
For Easter 2012, the senior Entwisle siblings and partners camped at Cohuna. While we were in the park, we had a good isolated spot by the water, so we had great views and no-one to bother us. Afterwards, Bernadette and Michael spent a few days at Nug Nug, near Myrtleford. Some photos are here.
Back to the Bush
In the Sept/Oct 2011 school holidays, Bernadette and Michael went camping on the outback - something that we hadn't done since the Birdsville trip in 2006. The party comprised ourselves, Mary & John Hawkins and Sue & John Reid. It was strange to be camping without kids, which had been our previous experiences together. We went to Lake Eyre, to Innamincka and to Currawinya National Park, over a two week period. Photos can be found here.
Vodka, borscht, caviar and trains.....
In May/June 2011, Michael and Matthew Fagan headed off to Russia. They travelled from Vladivostik to Odessa on the train, stopping at Irkutsk, Yekateringburg, Moscow, Belgorod and Sevastopol, a total distance on the rails of over 11,000 km (and 9 nights). From there they flew to Istanbul for a few days and then home. A blog of their trip is at http://2onatrain.blogspot.com/. Photos are here.
The Entwisle Clan gathers for 2011
In May 2011, The Entwisle Family spent a weekend at Licola. We stayed at the Lions Village (which is about all there is in Licola) and enjoyed the open air, along with a little rain. In spite of our best attempts, the local fish population remained fairly safe. All the children came, with partners and children aplenty, including Natalie, Mark and Amelea from distant Perth. Photos are here.
Them and U.S.
In April 2011, Bernadette and Michael spent three weeks in the U.S. The trip was to visit a number of cities (Boston, New York, Washington & San Francisco) and to drive through California and spend a few days at Yosemite. Photos can be found here.
Walking the Way of St James
In September and October 2010, Bernadette & Michael walked the final 270 km of the Camino in Spain, from Leon to Santiago de Compostela. They followed this with a week in Portugal. Photos can be found here.
Hitting the slopes in France
Anne spent four weeks in London, Paris, Rome & Florence, from just before Christmas 2009. For the last week she was skiing in Chamonix with Paul and Michael. There are some photos of the skiing here.
Aspects of Ireland, England and Paris
Bernadette & Michael travelled to the UK and Paris for five weeks following Kendell & David's wedding in early November 2009. They started in Northern Ireland and travelled through parts of the UK (Glasgow, Lake District, Peak District and Wales), before spending four days on a canal boat at Rugby. Then followed a week in Paris and a week in London. Photos are posted here.
The Entwisle Clan gathers for 2009
For Easter 2009, the family destination was Naracoorte, in the Limestone Coast area, just across the border in S.A. Gerard, Carole, Pauline, Brian, Clare, Bernadette and Michael all made the journey. There are some photos here.
A Journey through Time and the Middle East
Bernadette and Michael spent seven weeks travelling in Europe and the Middle East from September to November 2008. Photos are now available. You will find our travel blog at http://www.entwisles2008.blogspot.com