Author: Cheryl King

Step into the Past (Part 3) – Susannah Place Museum

From the wealthy opulent life style of Vaucluse House, our next visit was Susannah Place Museum.   In the heart of the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighborhood, these homes were built by Irish immigrants in 1844.   Hundreds of poor working class folk lived in these tiny homes. The tour starts at the Corner Shop which in itself is fascinating. It has been recreated from oral history and the curators created, successfully I think, what a typical Corner Shop must have been like. It is here where we met our guide who introduced us to the four homes that have been preserved....

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Step into the Past (Part 2) – Vaucluse House

Something I learned while staying with Devan and Shanley is that Shanley loves Museums. So I grabbed the opportunity of our days together to visit three of them and loved every moment. VAUCLUSE HOUSE is situated in the most beautiful and very expensive suburb Vaucluse. The streets are lined with leafy well established trees, harbour views are plentiful and the homes magnificent. Shanley and I were both so mesmerized by the sheer beauty surrounding us we found ourselves wandering around the homes while waiting for the bus. I think we would have both been quite happy if the bus...

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Step into the Past (Part 1) – Hyde Park Barracks

Sydney boasts “living museums” and a visit to any one of them is a fascinating.   I found myself being transported back in time and got good insight on how the people occupying those buildings lived. I think the main reason for this is the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides available. Their enlightening stories of each building had me spellbound . By the end of the tour I felt like I knew the families who had lived there.   Added to that, many times we were invited to touch, feel, smell the displayed items. We were even invited to sit on...

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What you need to know when visiting Mkuze Game Reserve

This little gem is part of Isimangaliso Wetland Park and is well worth a visit especially if you are a keen birdwatcher. It hosts over 450 different species and has a wide range of habitats including sand forest, acacia savannah, woodland, riverine forests, rivers, pans, grasslands, cliffs and rocky ridges. You need a minimum of two to five days to do this reserve any justice. I wouldn’t for the less than three. Due to the diverse habitat you will find black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, the beautiful nyala, wilderbeest, warthog (my favorite animal), hippo, impala and other small...

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Day 3 – Morning around Nsumu Pan

Just as the sun was rising I found myself making coffee and at the same time packing a picnic basket for breakfast at Nsumu Pan. One of my best moments is sitting in a game reserve, drinking coffee dunking a rusk while listening to the cacophony of birds celebrating the beginning of a new day. It’s amazing how much a person sees just sitting quietly. In just a few minutes I saw a pair of Yellowbellied greenbuls, a Whitethroated Robin-chat, starling, a raptor fly-over and a small family of Nyala. We planned to get to Nsumu Pan in time...

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