Watching the World

Painted in the colours of the Indian flag a pedestrian swing bridge stretches high over the River Ganges in Rishikesh. I sit at an open-air German Bakery sipping a cappucino and watching pilgrims make their way across the bridge. Indian photographers wait to take Indian tourists' photos, they print the shots while the tourists visit the temples. Th...
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Linda's Blog

After travelling widely globally, freelance writer Linda and photographer husband Alex together with their miniature wire-haired dachshund, Tammy are exploring New Zealand in their VW California.   Visits to a younger married daughter living in Australia, offers Trans Tasman adventures too. Linda's articles have appeared in a number of busines...
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5 highlights of a walking tour of historic Downtown LA

The famous exterior of the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles. The neon sign is a remnant of the building's previous life as an evangelical church. Photo: supplied
It's a little-known fact that Los Angeles' central district boasts one of the highest concentrations of historic buildings in the entire United States. The best way to see them? On one of the regular tours led by historic preservation society the Los Angeles Conservancy.  ​ My story on a walking tour of historic Downtown Los Angeles for Flight...
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The Latest from India

Well finally, it's taken me almost 3 months to sort through my images from my most recent trip to #India What an amazing country it is! I'm never bored in India, and I'm always living in the moment when I'm there. I can't wait to go back again in March and share my passion and love for this place with some new faces. Hang onto your hats guys cause ...
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Jacqui Gibson
Amazing images, Susan. Are you on Twitter for sharing?
Friday, 19 January 2018 10:33
Susan Blick
Thank you Jacqui. No, I don't use Twitter, but I am on Instagram @phomadic and Facebook @susanblickphoto You can find the same p... Read More
Friday, 19 January 2018 10:41
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365 things I should not have done while travelling

365 things I should not have done while travelling
It all started when... My editor made a suggestion to help with my writer's block. One of the things I lack is discipline. I am easily distracted ... by anything shiny. And sometimes dull objects, too, or the washing, or lawns, or rearranging the cutlery drawer. I LOVE SPORKS. Or internet shopping.  Anything to avoid actually writing something...
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Sage @ Paroa Bay

​Russell in the Bay of Islands is known for its history and its beauty and was once known as the Hell Hole of the Pacific.   Today Russell is enjoying a resurgence of interest from those wanting to live on the peninsula and from traditional tourists.  Catering for that demand has stepped up in the small township. Several restaur...
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Join Me in India

In 2017 & 2018 I'm heading back to India to host two small group photo tours through some of the most photogenic - must visit - parts of the country. There will be 2 trips to India - October 2017 and April 2018. They will be my 7th and 8th visits to India over 18 years. I know the country well, in fact, it's not an exaggeration to say I'm as co...
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Wenches on Adventures

​New blog out now:     https://wenchesonadventures.wordpress.com/
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Sunrise, Browns Bay

Sunrise, Browns Bay
Reasons to jog at sunrise
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Inspired by Lisbon...

Inspired by Lisbon...
"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done." - Vincent Van Gogh." Falling in love with a city... ​ I need to wander the streets of a city, imagine myself living there then like a dress that catches my eye I need to try in...
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FITZ - Colonial Adventures - Radio New Zealand

FITZ - Colonial Adventures - Radio New Zealand
In advance of the Book Panel Publishing event on 31 May 2016, the Reading on Nine to Noon on RNZ National starting on May 23rd will be ‘FITZ’  adapted and read by Owen Scott.  Fitz is the story of James Edward FitzGerald, whose energy and enthusiasm contributed so much to the early history of Christchurch, New Zealand. To find out more about Travcom’s book publishing event and books adapted for radio, click here.   The Radio New Zealand on demand episode one is here - click here.
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Instagramming around

Hi.  Just letting you know that I’m posting a photograph a day on Instagram - just for fun. Have a look at the collection so far -   https://www.instagram.com/nickservian/
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Laos Secret War and the Bomb Boats

Laos Secret War and the Bomb Boats
Bomb boats. Bolikhamsay Province, Laos. They're fishing canoes made from long range fuel canisters discarded by US bombers during their Secret War bombing campa ign in Laos. I photographed these near Nam Theun Village while on a 13,000km cycle tour through South East Asia.  Discovery Digital's Seeker Network picked up on this image and asked me to contribute more to a video about it, check it out on their  'This Happened Here'  series.  
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Bethells Beach…winter magic

Bethells Beach…winter magic
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck , Travels with Charley: In Search of America   Watching the winter wonderland scenes on the weather forecast last night bought back memories of June's polar-blast. I remember waking thinking my bedroom had morphed into a fridge, meanwhile in the South Island others thought they had slept the night in the freezer. I still have the screen shot of my cellphone, white print Mostly Clear 3 ° on a black background confirming the freezing morning. Somewhat startled I looked outside and...
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Time Machine

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Hearst Castle -highlight of California visit.

Hearst Castle -highlight of California visit.
Hearst Castle – highlight of California visit. Posted on June 10, 2015 by kiwigrannz Hearst Castle highlight of California visit. Late in May I visited California; the entire state has a serious water shortage.  So it was no surprise that restaurants had signs on tables reading “if you want water please ask”. However I also saw  people hosing their gardens despite regulations, so some folk don’t care! What was a surprise was arriving at the famous Hearst Castle to be greeted by a row of chemical porta a loos outside the entranceway!! The interior of the Castle is full of gems...
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Beneath the Maunga

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A do nothing day - or was it?

A do nothing day - or was it?
There's nothing like having a day doing nothing to find something. As I meandered aimlessly through internet pages I came across the Travcom site and thought, "I should be part of this". I can't even recall what my initial search was about. The internet can be a great time waster, then again it can turn up a few inspirations and new directions. A do nothing day is a rarity. Although I am between stories, I am waiting to hear back from a new connection, have an interview to do later and more stories to find. And I am enjoying wasting...
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Newcastle, NSW…stirred not shaken

Newcastle, NSW…stirred not shaken
I recently read the original Bond tagline was “stirred not shaken”; a statement, which launches lengthy discussion on how the reversing of these two words dilutes the Martini and makes it cloudy rather than clear. For connoisseurs of the Martini both effects are undesirable. There is nothing undesirable about the three measures of hipster, one of grit and a half measure of waterside, as stirred not shaken, these ingredients, lifted the image I had of Newcastle from black and sooty to industrial cool. The Northern Central Hotel located in Newcastle’s East End epitomizes the coolness of urban decay, the promise...
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Boogie Woogie Beach House…hanging out with music legends.

Boogie Woogie Beach House…hanging out with music legends.
Along with the unique drum chandelier; a statement of the roots of this establishment; Satchmo (Louis Armstrong), Dave Grohl, Ziggy Stardust, Nick Cave and the iconic music tape (mixed) are the inspiration for a boutique hotel where it is not about decorating rather curating an environment that leaves the quest feeling as though they actually are hangning out with music legends. Live musicians in the downstairs Flow Bar on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons add to this music vibe. Located in Old Bar, Taree the nine bedroom boutique hotel with five rooms currently available and four due to be completed...
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