Five Destinations to Explore

As my plans are coming together for my USA trip at the end of the year I have started thinking about other trips and destinations I would like to experience. While there are many, I thought I would share five in this post {with more to come in further posts}…

Mexican Ruins
They have captured my interest for a few years and I am excited that during my stay in Cancun next year, I will have the chance to go and visit some. I am particularly keen to visit the site called Chichen Itza which has ruins from 7th and 10th Century that include stone structures with carvings, areas used to worship and an underwater sinkhole which was a traditional ceremonial site.

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The ruins of Tulum along the Riviera Maya are also intriguing,  they are the only ruins built in a way that gives them ocean views. It is so pretty, and literally takes my breath away…

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Juliet’s Balcony – Verona, Italy
The balcony and house that is said to have inspired William Shakespeare to write Romeo & Juliet can be found in the Italian city of Verona at Casa di Giulietta. I have a big interest in Italy and love the whimsical aspect of this site, I will definitely be writing a letter to Juliet! Even if it isn’t real, something that so openly celebrates love, will always win in my book.

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Santorini – Greece
What’s not to love and have extreme wanderlust over? Santorini – an island formed from a volcanic caldera, this southern Greek island is an iconic image of Greece. Sun, beaches, volcano and white-washed buildings paired with colourful roofs or details (traditionally different volcanic ash was used to create this) that cascade down the cliff. Love that one of my favourite book series “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, has an amazing affinity to Santorini – adds to the magic!

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Uluru, Ayers Rock – Australia
A sandstone rock in Australia’s centre – the largest of its kind at 350m high – holds a special significance to the Aboriginal culture. I find it fascinating that at different times of the day, as the sun changes position the rock appears to change colour – including amber, purple and blue. According to Lonely Planet, two thirds of Uluru is below ground and it would take three and a half hours to walk around!

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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona – Spain
Basilica, church, cathedral – whichever term you use, there is no denying that this is an amazing man-made creation. I love ornate architecture,  particuarly cathedrals, and this one is designed to a medieval theme. Interestingly the building of it is not finished,  it is expected to be completed by 2026. Mainly gothic style with three facades that face different directions which depict different scenes including Birth of Jesus and Heaven & Hell. At La Sagrada Familia – it is apparently not uncommon for the entry queue to be over a two hour wait.

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I hope you enjoy this post! I look forward to putting together more in the future… have you been to these destinations or are they on YOUR list? What other destinations are your must-sees? KOOKLAH Xo

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ANZAC Day

Today my brother and I woke up at 4am, picked up his friend + her Mum and attended the local Dawn Service for ANZAC Day.

A day for remembrance, thanks and gratitude for the Men + Women who have risked everything to protect our country and the freedom of our nation.

It is storming here today, during the service there was intense lightening and thunder.. which added to the poignancy of the ceremony. It was beautiful, moving and special. I loved standing there with over 100 fellow Australians as we listened to the readings, the ANZAC ode, bugle and singing our anthem ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

I hope all my fellow Aussies take some time out today to reflect on the efforts of not only our ex service men and women but our current ones as well.
Happy ANZAC Day, how are you spending today?

Kooklah Xo

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“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

The Ode from ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon

.:.:.:. KOOKLAH .:.:.:.

Rest In Peace Daniel..

Daniel Morcombe.

A name and face many people in Australia, no doubt in the world know well. A son, brother and friend greatly loved and missed. A boy I never met, but have not forgotten about since he first went missing eleven years ago.

It could have happened to anyone, and I think that is the awful reminder that hits home to many families. A reminder to cherish every moment with your loved ones.

Source - brisbanetimes.com.au

Source – brisbanetimes.com.au

We were the same age, born in the same month… I think this largely became the reason I originally became attached to the case – from the moment I heard the news broadcast that a little boy was missing in the sunshine state. I still feel that way now, I cried when his remains were found and get teary every time I see his parents, Bruce + Denise speaking to the media.

They have a wonderful campaign, ‘Keeping Kids Safe’, launched as part of the efforts of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation with the aim to raise awareness and keep other children safe. Daniel’s parents have worked tirelessly in their search for Daniel, and in getting justice for him. The love and strength they have shown is amazing, I am glad they recently received some kind of justice with the trial, conviction and sentencing of his killer.

May you rest in peace Daniel…

Kooklah Xo

2 Corinthians 4:18

2 Corinthians 4:18

Love is Love..

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I am a long time supporter of gay rights and marriage equality. I can’t stand discrimination of any kind and for the past few years have become more vocal and motivated in my support for Gay Rights. I have sent letters, supported causes and a rainbow parade.

I am not going to delve into all of my beliefs and opinions on this issue and I’m not asking you to think the same as I do but I just want to ask you one question… why does one couple’s love rank higher than another? Love is love, and in a world full of hate and fear I think it deserves to be celebrated.

Today, in NSW Australia, there is a vote in parliament on same-sex marriage … one other territory in Australia has voted FOR this {just waiting on bill to pass} and it would be fantastic for NSW to say yes! Fingers crossed..

Added: the decision today was a NO vote, 21-19. Disappointing, but not the end. Women received the right to vote and we have interracial couples now, both things that were heavily opposed and protested against in the past. Marriage Equality will happen.

“Love is life and if you miss love. You miss life..”

S.xo