Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

We’re back in Perth after a few days away in the south west region of WA, our first break since we got back from overseas last May. It was such a lovely feeling to travel again, even over a relatively short distance. So I’ll intersperse our WA travels over the next few weeks in between …

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My last post was all about our exploration of the fascinating frontier town of Skagway on our South Eastern Alaskan travels. I hadn’t realised I had a whole bunch of additional photos hiding in my computer archives so decided to include them this week as a postcript to Skagway – Klondike Gold Rush Tales From …

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Another overnight sailing from our previous port of call, Juneau, took us to the frontier town of Skagway Alaska. Even today the town has something of a wild west feeling to it. The population is subject to seasonal fluctuations with the summer months bringing a large influx of tourists to the region including the many, …

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Before heading back to our boat for the evening sailing, we had just enough time to take the aerial tramway (cable car) up to the summit of Mount Roberts for some wonderful views over Juneau and the surrounding scenery. I actually went up with my friend having left other members of our party checking out …

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Apart from wildlife conservation, which we learnt a lot about during our spectacular whale-watching tour (see here), a major theme of our Alaskan trip was discovering more about the effects of climate change. This was especially apparent on our afternoon excursion out to the Mendenhall Glacier Protection area, a conservation area only a few miles …

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We booked all our tours for Juneau and Skagway (the following destination) through a guy called Chris. He had set up alongside the arrival quay in Juneau Port (see here for last post). We saved a small fortune on the advertised prices on the boat and also got to see some places that we wouldn’t …

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Although travel isn’t possible at present and indeed most of us will be staying close to home for some considerable time to come, it’s still nice to reminisce and perhaps dare to dream of some future trips. With this in mind I thought I’d get caught up with a past trip that I never finished …

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I meant to include our outing to Tate Britain to see the Van Gogh exhibition last year in my recent London series (see here, here and here). It ran from March to August 2019 though doesn’t really qualify for the theme “Off The Tourist Trail in London”. Sold out sessions and a strict entry policy …

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Another “Off the tourist trail in London” episode this week. This time in Mlle’s local stomping ground round Stoke Newington (she lives just the other side of the main street in adjoining Clapton). We actually lived on the edge of Clissold Park in north west Stoke Newington in the 1980s for a while and it …

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Another place a bit off the tourist trail in London this week. Having been grappling with the WordPress new block editor, I finally seem to have managed to to restore the classic editorial style for the time being. This week’s post will be more pictorial though than I’d planned but another in my series of  …

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