Travel theme: Windy

Close your eyes and turn your face into the wind.  Feel it sweep along your skin in an invisible ocean of exultation.  Suddenly you know you are alive.

Vera Nazarian

Normally I am not a huge fan of windy weather, as is this week’s travel theme.

But when I am cruising on the ocean and my face is to the wind, I certainly feel alive and exult in the moment, and having photos certainly helps to preserve the memory.

Here I am on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth as we sailed through the Suez Canal.

And you can see the effect of the wind on me on this glorious, hot, Egyptian spring day.




Travel – Moving House

Life in Camelot, Moving house, travel

photo by frequenzlos-d8wwc2j

I have moved house and whilst it possibly doesn’t fall under the category of ‘travel’ – it was only a move of 22.8 kilometers – I feel like I have climbed the highest mountain, forged the strongest river, and other cliched song lyrics, over the past few weeks.

I have moved back to the Port Melbourne, which sits on Port Phillip Bay, so I look forward to seeing all the cruise ships come in to visit over the summer months, and being closer to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne again.

Stay tuned for more posts, and until then, this is how I feel when anybody asks about moving house, be it considered travel or not:

Life in Camelot, moving house, travel


Travel theme: Grassy

For this week’s Travel Theme: Grassy,  I was inspired to share some photos of the magnificent creatures who make the grasslands their home.


Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Grassy, Zebras, Werribee Zoo


Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Grassy, Giraffe, Werribbee Zoo


Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Grassy, Rhino, Werribee Zoo

These are photos, taken by me, but I’ve never travelled to Africa.

So how did I take them?

Would you believe me if I told you that these photographs were taken in a suburb of Melbourne (Australia), approximately 15 minutes drive from my home, at the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

The Off Road Safari takes passengers in an open sided truck through various grassy pastures to see African animals living in an environment compatible with their native one, right here in Australia.

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Grassy, Werribee Open Range Zoo

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Grassy, rhino, Werribee Open Range Zoo

As you can see, the animals gave us some wonderful photo opportunities and they don’t seem to fear the trucks; in fact we had to stop several times to wait for them to cross in front of us, because who in their right mind is going to cross a rhinoceros?

Life In Camelot, Travel Theme: Grassy, Rhino, Giraffe, Werribee Zoo

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Grassy, Giraffe, Werribee Open Plain Zoo

We had a wonderful winter’s day at Werribee Open Range Zoo, with the blue sky above us and the green grass below.

We took a good look at the animals and they took a good look at us:

What grassy safaris or other unique experiences have you had in your own backyard that you’d care to share?

Travel theme: Paths

This week’s travel theme  is paths and here is one past journey with some of the places and pleasures it lead to:

The pathway into London was awash with light while the dark Thames snaked its way through the city.

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

On the ground, the path alongside the Thames embankment brought some interesting and exotic surprises:

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

You never know who you might find resting along the path;

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

Or who has rested here previously.

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

The path to St Pauls provided options for hungry travellers.

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

The path along Fulham Road has football fans galore (but not this cold winter day).

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

The path to poverty can be found through Christmas shopping in Oxford Street,

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

and the path to ruin for many a poor mother can still be found in London’s high street stores.

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths, gin

Finally, the pathway to another portal,

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

that lead to a path for a passage at sea,

Life in Camelot, Travel Theme: Paths

which ultimately lead to a pathway to paradise.

Life in Camelot, Travel theme: Paths

St Valentine’s Day

Ah, what is love?  Who can answer that question; most people have different definitions of what love means to them and I think that is how it should be.  But greeting cards have to be sold, flowers have to be harvested and chocolate has to be eaten so here is my post inspired by St Valentine’s Day.

Visiting Busan in South Korea last year (as a port stop on an epic 6 week cruise of Asia) I was delighted to see a wall of love locks and messages inspired by love.  The Parisians lost their love locks in 2015 when the council deemed their outpourings of love too weighty for some of the city’s most beautiful bridges; OK so it was actually the 45 tonnes of some million padlocks causing danger to the bridges rather than all those emotions.

But these locks and heart-shaped notes seem to be here to stay and add to the charm of walking to the top of Yongdusan Park, and taking in the panoramic views of the harbour below.

You can even sit down and admire the views, and the love.

Love seat, love locks, Life in Camelot, Korea - St Valentine's Day

A love seat amongst the love locks


Thousands of heartfelt messages of love for everyone to read

Love locks at Busan Tower, Korea - Life in Camelot - St Valentine's Day

A wall dedicated to those dedicated to expressing their love.

Life in Camelot with love locks in Busan, Korea - St Valentine's Day

Just loving the love.

Happy Valentine’s Day to lovers in all the countries around this wonderful world and to my darling husband, who travels with me to all these countries, and wants to see as many of them as possible.

Cruisey Christmas

Christmas day this year is very hot but still spent with family. Two years ago we were on board Queen Mary 2 for Christmas which was incredibly festive and a special way to spend a Christmas.

Here is my blog post from last Christmas as we cruised around the Caribbean from island to island in a different heat.

I took photos of the incredibly festive stateroom door decorations that other QM2 passengers went to the trouble of packing for Christmas:

Life In Camelot

Last year I spent a cruisey Christmas on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 – a rather splendid way of spending Christmas.

Obviously there were a couple of thousand of other travellers spending Christmas on board too and, in my journeys around the decks, I was simply amazed at the lengths some of these people went to in decorating their stateroom doors with festive displays.

Here are some wonderful examples of Christmas at sea:

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas in 2015 and cheers to the New Year – and let’s go cruising.

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Favourite Song Friday – The Snowman

It is Christmas time and whilst I have never been a lover of many of the traditions surrounding this feast that are associated with a cold climate, e.g. plum pudding, mince tarts, eggnog and hot roast dinners on a sweltering summer day (in Australia), there are some things I do love and one of them is this Friday’s favourite song:

Walking in the Air by Howard Blake

The Snowman, Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday

This song is featured in the short film called The Snowman, about a young boy who befriends the Snowman in his yard and together they share a wonderful Christmas adventure before the harsh reality of daylight sets in.  This song plays during their magical journey together.

This delightful and seasonal short film was based upon the children’s book by Raymond Briggs.  In the film the song was performed by a young English choirboy called Peter Auty [1] rather than the famous Welsh Chorister, Aled Jones, to whom it is generally accredited.

I discovered this short film and haunting theme song when I was experiencing my first white Christmas, complete with all those traditional trimmings, in 1986.  I went to stay with my former flatmate and her family in Hull, Yorkshire in England.  They welcomed me and my fiance with open arms, warm hearts and plenty of food.

Life in Camelot with fiance and friend at Christmas in Hull - Favourite Song Friday

Life in Camelot with fiance (and female guest) in Hull on Christmas Day

Christmas in Hull, Life in Camelot 1986

Christmas tree in Hull, Yorkshire

Christmas in Hull with a welcoming family, Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday

Opening gifts on Christmas day with the Harrisons in Hull

I bought the DVD of the movie when my daughter was young and we play it every Christmas eve – it is probably the only Christmas tradition I have imposed upon her.

Two years ago we were in London just before Christmas time and we were delighted to find there was a musical production of The Snowman; so of course we went along to see it (and I took some sneaky photos).

So I will be watching the film tomorrow evening, hopefully sipping on something a little festive and wishing all my readers, and friends and families, a very Merry Christmas whether you be in a cold climate or a stinking hot one like mine will be this year.

There will be one more Favourite Song Friday for this year (stay tuned next week) and then I shall start something new next year.

Merry Christmas from Life in Camelot.

Favourite Song Friday – Cohn

The year is rapidly coming to a close and during this countdown to Christmas everyone seems to be rushing around, driving badly, jumping queues and generally raising my anxiety levels.

So this Friday’s Favourite Song is one of my calming tunes and hopefully it will lower your blood pressure too.

Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn

Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday - Marc Cohn

This song came from his debut, self-titled album in 1991 and there isn’t a single track on it I don’t like.

I had been living in New Zealand in 1991 and returned to Australia in early 1992, after just over a year away.  Marc Cohn’s lyrics refer to boarding a plane, ghosts of the past and the ability to live in the moment and I shared these emotions as I ‘boarded the plane’ home to Sydney.

I bought myself a copy of the CD early on after hearing this song played constantly on the radio and if it had been an LP rather than a CD, I would have worn out the grooves and many a needle by now (but the young readers may not have a clue what I’m referring to…)

So please enjoy this favourite song on this frenzied Friday, a fortnight before Christmas.

And don’t forget to let me know about the songs you listen to again, and again and again.









Next week I thought I should post a Christmas song and the following, and final week, I will have a song appropriate to New Year’s Eve.

Favourite Song Friday – Gabriel

Today is my wedding anniversary so this is a mushy Favourite Song Friday:

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Who remembers John Cusack in the very forgettable movie Say Anything, standing with his boom box held high playing this song, wearing his heart on sleeve trying to impress his young love?

Life in Camelot - Favourite Song Friday, Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes

Peter Gabriel’s album SO was released in 1986 and this was the year I travelled overseas as a young backpacker.  I played that cassette over and over until the music became part of my euphoric European experience so this song, in particular, will always be one of my favourites.

I still play this song when I travel, with my husband instead of a backpack, but now it is on an Apple iPod rather than a Sony Walkman.

The lyrics are lovely and the melody is haunting so join me, on my wedding anniversary, in reminiscing with this Favourite Song Friday.