Top 10 of 2013 – #6 Travel


Top 10 Instagrams of 2013: #6 Travel

By Rowena Mynott

As 2013 starts to wind down its a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and the year that is to come. I have obviously been in a reflective mood recently as last month I decided to start a monthly ‘Taking Stock‘ routine: pausing life for a few moments to realise what you are happy and thankful for right in that very moment. Right now as I sit here and look through my images from 2013, I embrace the good and the sad, the ups and the downs and the growth that has taken place. This year has focused on family: Visits and holidays with family from overseas early in the year, my grans passing mid year and these days realising my son is no longer a toddler but is growing into the most incredible child I could ask for.

72&Rising is also growing and developing. I left the magazine format behind and embraced the world of blogging. Thank you to all those that embraced that change with me. It was a difficult decision to make as I loved the old product, but for me right now this is where we need to be. Who knows what the future holds but in 2014 you can certainly expect some exciting things happening here as this process of writing, taking pictures and posting on a regular basis becomes more fluid. I’m re-defining 72 and I look forward to hearing from you about what you would like me to focus on a little more.  There will be plenty of the old: travel and photography but also some new … Let me know.

So as a way to reflect on 2013 I decided to give you a little glimpse into my life and share some of our Top 10 family highlights as seen from my Instagram.  If you would like to follow along, I will be posting one each morning for the next 10 days. Today is Travel.


As I mentioned, I haven’t travelled far and wide this year as it’s been a year for spending time with family. Travel is in my blood and I desperately miss it when I am bound to one place for too long without the ability to explore. Whilst we haven’t been overseas, we have enjoyed a couple of domestic trips. Ethan loves travel almost as much as I do and he too has learnt that it’s not just about the destination. He loves to sit and people (and plane) watch with me at the airports, find joy in living out of a suitcase and meet lots of new people along the way.

Melbourne is a city that we visit every year. It is my favourite city in Australia, full of life with countless restaurants of all nationalities, art, music and sporting events. The highlight of our last trip down had to be the Botanical Gardens. A very beautiful but long walk out from the CBD (I’d recommend catching the tram especially with a 2 year old in tow!). From the moment you walk through the gates you lose yourself in the beauty of the grounds forgetting that just outside the garden gates are the hustle and bustle of city life. The children’s garden is an absolute joy and it’s what inspired me to create our own kids garden at home. Full of trickling streams that beg to be followed through overhanging trees, giant animals covered in bright mosaics, cubbies, pint sized bridges, mazes and ponds where you can feed the ducks.

Philip Island was another treasure. I had travelled here on a day trip many years ago and so it was exciting to be spending a week exploring here. We took Ethan to watch the penguin parade, a nightly event where thousands of little penguins return to their burrows having spent the day out at sea feeding. They linger out to sea just past the breakers whilst they check out the crowd before making a swim for the beach. They run up the beaches chattering and squawking to each other and their chicks in the burrows. There is a lot to cover on Philip Island and we barely scratched the surface. Aside from the penguins, we went to the motor races, explored the headland and of course couldn’t go home without visiting the islands chocolate factory.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

– St. Augustine

With plane in one hand and hand luggage in the other, Mr 3 heads to the airport
Up, up, up and away
Two generations ponder life on Port Philip Island
It would have been rude to go past the chocolate factory on Port Philip Island without paying a visit.
Watching hot air balloons as the sun rises over the city of Melbourne
Finding what lurks amongst the trees at Melbourne Zoo
Collecting extra luggage
The plane always comes to the airport with us
Exploring botanical gardens in the city with grandma
Wrapped up warm against the chilly weather in Melbourne
Loving riding the tram

Where did you travel to this year? Did you travel overseas or prefer to stick to your homeland?


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