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We are currently in Taormina Italy . We took a helicopter ride over the active volcano Mt Etna yesterday , they had a lava flow only 3 weeks ago and it was spectacular .
They have a ski village called Etna Nord , rebuilt on the lava flow of 2002 . And you can clearly see the new roads etc built on the rich chocolate soil of the lava flow . I am an avid skier but not sure how comfortable I would be skiing on an active volcano . Locals say they or scientists have no idea when the next eruption and how big it will be .
If you get a chance it was spectacular.
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Originally posted by Nocturnal Nocturnal wrote:

Rosscoe. I went to Koh Samui about a decade ago , just as it was starting to become more commercialised , I look forward to the photos to she how much has changed .
We used to walk left ,if looking at the sea ,about 3-4 Km ,at the very end there was a tiny bar where we would sit and have a well deserved refreshment and watch the sun go down. Then we would wander back and choose a different beachside eatery each night . I hope the little bar is still there .



Noccy, just back from a alcohol induced tour of the island doing the naughty thing of riding a motorbike - 1am currently! Koh Samui has changed a lot since I was last here about 2.5 years ago. Still a very beautiful and picturesque place but changing. A lot of the bars frequented last time have disappeared with others springing up, it is becoming more commercialized for sure.

Will throw up photos soon. Have hired a motorbike for 10 days so a lot of exploring will take place!

Enjoy Italy!
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Accomodation Koh Samui. Off on the bikes again now to look for some exotic beaches. More photos to come later .... Just love this place!

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Originally posted by acacia alba acacia alba wrote:

Sworn Revenge.  Any tips on money ?  Rand or US $$  ??  How did you go about getting small denomination Rand, which I am told to have for markets/small shops/ etc ?
Since we will be a bit off the beaten track I am thinking  "no ATMs "  ???
Any tips PLEASE ???
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Morning AA.

Admittedly we were in a well established, populated and tourist areas of SA so I had no trouble paying by MasterCard for 99% of things. ATMs were in all of the towns but we were told to collect money during the day and not carry a truckload. Did not carry US dollars.

Apparently we are going to be a bit off the beaten track and some lodges dont have ATMs, and also, apparently , the net isnt reliable so sometimes you can use a card to pay, IF its working LOL
We have been told we need Rand in small notes for incidentals and road side markets etc.  Still trying to work out how to get some in small notes tho.  So far the places I have ask only want to supply large notes. 
Did you carry any cash at all and if so, what kind ?
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Heading off to Lamai Beach later this afternoon.
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You look to be having a wonderful time, Rosscoe.
Very beautiful , but I must admit, not my scene. 
Not a beachy person at all.  Can take them or leave them.  Mostly leave them.
Hawkes Nest/ Mongo Brush/Stockton Dunes are enough of  water and beaches and the coast and sea and sand, for me .  I know I am biased but its as good as anywhere you can go, for that sort of stuff , just IMHO  tho . Wink
When I go OS I want something different to whats here at home.
But we are not all the same , and I am enjoying seeing your piccies and travels.   Keep 'em coming Thumbs Up
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Market Place Lamai Beach

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Views of Samui from the higher points of the island! Currently 35 degrees.

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Originally posted by Rosscoe Rosscoe wrote:

Some great shots E&E. I am thinking about a trip there next year.


Yosemite specifically or the US?

Can highly recommend Yosemite, one of my favourite places and looking to go back again next year as well. 

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E&E that's a awesome view from up top. That's a fair day hike but the photo's you shown make it well worth it.

Ok last one of Yosemite for the moment! LOL


This is the view as you're about to descend the cables. Drops away pretty quick right? The peak in the top centre of the screen is called Cloud's Rest and I hiked it two days earlier. Its slightly shorter (approx 12km each way) but while the summit is around 100m higher, the total elevation gain is only about 500m. 







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Last lot of photos before I make my way back to Bangkok on Monday. Spent yesterday exploring Koh Phangan just north of Koh Samui. Renowned for being the party island for the younger generation & its Full Moon Parties! The terrain here was spectacular. Anyone visiting Thailand must make an effort to visit this place. That's it from me, I've had a fantastic holiday. Another week before the trek back ....

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View from restaurant where we had a delightful lunch with pork being the speciality.

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