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Luhmühlen Horse Trials 2014

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Featured image: Lucinda Fredericks AUS Flying Finish, Jump 5 ICE-VIBE Oxer, Luhmühlen 2014    Breadtag Sagas ©: Authors Denise & Tony,  25 November 2015    Luhmühlen CCI**** Three-Day Event 12-15 June, 2014    Introduction to the sport    Having covered an esoteric sport in Addicted to Sumo too a few weeks ago, Tony thought it was time to cover another: also …

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Autumn in Japan

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Featured image: Not quite Autumn, Miyajima Island, near Hiroshima, 28 October    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  27 October 2015 Japan in Autumn, 2013 Introduction When I was doing my postgraduate research, I found that Canberra in Australia — where I have lived most and reside now — has four seasons of almost exactly three months each. This may be …

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Addicted to Sumo too

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Featured photo: Simon Q Flickr, Wikimedia, Sumo bow-twirling ceremony, May 2014    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  20 October 2015   Sumo Wrestling Japan    Introduction We made our first trip to Japan from 16 October to 25 November 2013. A friend had done a textile tour with Shuji Yamazaki a couple of years previously and had convinced us to …

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What travel costs 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Featured photo: Old City of Dubrovnik, walls & Lokrum Island    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  26 August 2015    This is the second country breakdown of our trip to Europe from 22 April to 6 December 2014. What travel costs 4 covered the whole trip. The current article covers our holiday to Croatia immediately on quitting Germany. Adria Adventure, Dubrovnik and the …

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What travel costs 5: Germany

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Featured photo: Newly sown field near Großenkneten    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  15 August 2015    This is the first country breakdown of our trip to Europe from 22 April to 6 December 2014. What travel costs 4 covered the whole trip. The current article covers our house-sitting in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) from 25 April to 28 June 2014. …

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What travel costs 4: eight months in Europe

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony 30 July 2015    Trip to Europe, April to December 2014. Background Denise and I travelled to Europe on 22 April 2014 and returned on the evening of 6 December. Our trip in Europe lasted just less than 8 months (226 days). One of the reasons for going was to undertake some house-sitting internationally and to …

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Postcard from Vienna: Michaelerplatz sculpture

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  28 June 2015 Other Postcards are from: Boudhanath Stupa, Dubai, Rock of Cashel, Lake Tabourie, Tongariro Crossing, Tupare Garden. Trip to Europe 7 September to 8 December 2007    Going back to Vienna in 2007 seems like a time capsule to me, and it’s not long ago. I’d read John Irving’s first novel Setting free the bears years …

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What travel costs 1: Alice Springs

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  7 June 2015 Trip to Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia to walk on the Larapinta Trail and to see Ayer’s Rock, 15 June to 2 July 2013.    I was at a dinner the other night and some friends ridiculed me for thinking of providing information on what travel costs, because they say it …

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British Food — an appraisal of the middle

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    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  May 2015    Trip to the UK 16 July to 16 September 2014    In Britain or in far-flung outposts around the world in what either used to be the British Empire or in countries influenced by Britain, one meets the British. And when the conversation turns to food, the Brits inevitably bore you about how …

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Food in Chiang Mai 3: Khao Soy

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    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, January 2013, updated March 2016 Articles in the series on food and restaurants in Chiang Mai are: 1 Akha Tribal Food, 2 Pho Viang Chane, 3 Khao Soy, 4 French & Italian Restaurants, 5 Airport Plaza, 6 2017 Update. Chiang Mai is the second city of Thailand but it is a small city …

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In praise of Indian mangoes

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Featured photo: Movie poster at Jubilee Hills Check Post, Hyderabad    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, December 2011    They gave me a mango at breakfast in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, in the boutique hotel where I was staying. The mango was beautifully presented in Thai style: two halves on the plate with the seed removed. The halves were cut …

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House-sitting in northern Germany: Where we live

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       Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony 14 May 2015   Trip: Europe, April to December 2014. House-sitting near Großenkneten in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), April to June 2014.     Our house is a typical German two-family house, with both upstairs and downstairs. The house is relatively modern with an older section somewhere downstairs. The plan and construction (red …