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Solitude: To Halls Gap and back

Sunrise in Halls Gap
Sunrise in Halls Gap

After our first week in Australia we left Melbourne and ventured into other parts of Victoria.

One of the places we visited was Halls Gaps which is adjacent to the Grampians National Park.

From dawn, the kangaroos fill the fields quietly grazing away. With no other tourists around we took the opportunity to watch the sunrise and enjoy a moment of solitude among  them.

 

Between the Miles

 

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Sunset at Omaha Beach, New Zealand

This is Dylan and his cousin Gemma. They are only a few months apart in age but are separated by 11,000 miles. They met for only the second time when we visited New Zealand in May.

Watching the children enjoy the waves wash them away at sunset is one of the most cherished memories of our trip to Omaha Beach. This video captures their time together:

The song playing in the video is from the band AsWeFall. It reminds me of the sea, the ocean and the miles of water that separates me from family and old friends. Listen to the full version.

A quiet street in the Atlas mountains

In March 2013 we ventured to Morocco for 2 weeks.

Only 60 km from Marrakech, the windy road brought us to the village of Imlil.

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The mountain is Mount Toubkal.

 

We stayed at the  Kasbah du Toubka.   A lodge so secluded it could only be reached by mule or foot. Such an experience for our little one riding the mule which also carried his trunki along.

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The Kasbah is a testament that true sustainable tourism is possible: The water that feeds the premises are  channelled to the irrigation system aiding local farmers; the village or the solar panels are used as a source of power for some areas. Also the Berber community run the day to day hospitality giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and give back to the community.

I love  this plaque at the entrance.  Read more  here about how  the two brothers  behind Discover made their dream a reality for all of us to enjoy.

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