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The winter solstice has gone and it's warming up 'down under'!! It is supposed to snow on Friday and Saturday and if it does I am off X-country skiing this weekend to Lake Mountain. A funny name for a ski resort but some excellent trails and only a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne.

The photo of the half finished bridge is in Vladivostok and the train photo is at a station on the Trans Siberian railroad.

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And remember, good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth.

 
End of the West Highland Way
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A wee joke

A man walks into bar with a paper bag. He sits down and places the bag on the counter. The barman walks up and asks what's in the bag. The man reaches into the bag and pulls out a little man, about one foot high and sets him on the counter. 

He reaches back into the bag and pulls out a small piano, setting it on the counter as well. He reaches into the bag once again and pulls out a tiny piano bench, which he places in front of the piano. The little man sits down at the piano and starts playing a beautiful piece by Mozart! 
 
'Where on earth did you get that?' says the barman. 

The man responds by reaching into the paper bag. This time he pulls out a magic lamp. He hands it to the barman and says: 'Here. Rub it.' So the barman rubs the lamp, and suddenly there's a gust of smoke and a beautiful genie is standing before him. 'I will grant you one wish. Just one wish ~ each person is only allowed one wish!' 

The barman  gets really excited. Without hesitating he says, 'I want a million bucks!' 
 
A few moments  later, a duck walks into the bar. It is soon followed by another duck, then another....Pretty soon, the entire bar is filled with ducks ... and they keep coming! 


The barman turns to the man and says, 'Y'know, I think your genie's a little deaf. I asked for a  million bucks, not a million ducks.'

'Tell me about it!!' says the man, 'do you really think I asked for a 12 inch pianist?

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Visa updates

US - travel authorisation can be obtained at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
Canada - evisa at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
PNG - visa is now obtained upon arrival at no cost
China - for a stopover of less than 72 hours a visa is not required

Brazil - https://formulario-mre.serpro.gov.br - no visa required during the Olympics
Russia - https://visa.kdmid.ru/ - complete online and print single sided

Conditions apply to all visas.

A station on the Trans Siberian railroad.

Antarctic cruises 2017/18!!

Peregrine Adventures is looking ahead. And so should you! You can save up to $8300 off selected Antarctic voyages by booking early for the 2017/2018 season. This deal is on sale until 30 September 2016 or until sold out. Freeze yourself here.

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Royal Parisian Escape - Fontainebleau to Versailles

On this self-guided cycling tour, you will discover the must-see castles, beautiful gardens and experience the lesser-known delights of the Parisian region. It is here that you will uncover the cycling holiday of a lifetime. Cycle through the imperial forest of Fontainebleau—the old private hunting grounds for French loyalty—and explore the many villages that you will happen upon during your journey. Be wowed by the Chateau de Courances – a still inhabited 17th century castle. Enjoy the cycle paths of the vast forest of Rambouillet; you might even see one of the red deer, the symbol of the forest. Finish your tour at the awe inspiring Palace of Versailles with its renowned Hall of Mirrors and impressive grounds. More here.

Reserve Bank and ACCC cracking down on credit card surcharges.

Alps to the Mediterranean

The final, southernmost Alps plunge dramatically into the sea at the Italian border near Menton. In the bright, warm light of the Mediterranean, pretty villages cling to wooded hillsides. Delightful footpaths link the Italianate settlements, offering wonderful views of mountains, gorges and valleys. One of the real joys of this walk is to experience the transition from mountain to coastal landscapes; by its very nature, this is a very varied walk. Starting in the mountains in enchanting La Brigue, you discover mixed woodland, gorges, dramatic peaks and even the mysterious Vallée des Merveilles ('Valley of Marvels'). More here.

The secret is out!!

Imagine boarding your Air Tahiti Nui flight from Sydney International Airport. Your bags are packed for a ten day holiday to Tahiti. Luggage is checked underneath and you’ve remembered to bring your favourite book with you in your carry-on.

Hours later you’ve landed in Papeete and waiting for you is a coach transfer that will take you directly to the Le Meridien Tahiti, your hotel for the night. After a good night's sleep in the deluxe garden room and a full breakfast, a coach is waiting to take you to the pier where you board Wind Spirit, a graceful sailing yacht that will be your home over the next seven nights. More here.

Walk or cycle along Scotland's Speyside Way. Click here for more details.
Houseboats of Kerala in India.

News from Emirates Airlines

Passengers travelling between Melbourne and Dubai will now have another direct flight option with Emirates announcing that flights EK408 and EK409 will begin operating as non-stop services from 30 October 2016. This is the flight which currently departs Melbourne at the ungodly hour of 0240 and flies to Dubai with a short stopover in KL. So from November Emirates will have three daily flights from Melbourne to Dubai, two non-stop and one via KL.

Seven reasons to explore Scotland's islands.
Cycling up to Warburton near Melbourne.
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And finally

A rewarding self-guided hike through mountains of the Kii Peninsula on an ancient pilgrimage trail. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend five nights on the Kumano Kodo trail and return to Kyoto or Osaka, walking in the genial company of other like-minded guests. More here.

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