• Barrio Lastarria in Santiago, Chile

    Santiago, capital of Chile, has never had the same allure for travellers as some of the other big cities in South America.  Hopefully that’s changing.  It’s a vibrant city, with fantastic food and wine, and an easy entry point from Australia or New Zealand. I didn’t have a lot of time there on my last visit, […]

  • Views over Lima

    Culinary adventures in Lima

    We were on the homeward stretch and our journey took us via Lima. From what I had read, there wasn’t much to recommend the city, however I had read that the culinary scene was a world leader, and good food is always exciting.  We arrived mid-afternoon and my overwhelming impression was of greyness – grey […]

  • Machu Picchu

    The Magic of Machu Picchu

    The trek had come to an end, and tired, happy and undoubtedly a little bit smelly, we made our way in t he  van to Ollantaytambo. Here we boarded the train for Aguas Calientes, the small town at the foot of the imposing mountains hiding and sheltering Machu Picchu. We were all very excited, and it wasn’t […]

  • Trekking in the Andes

    Trekking in the Andes

    Obviously coming to Peru I was keen to go trekking in the Andes, and the only hike I knew about was the Inca Trail. Lots of other people are obviously in the same position, as it’s by far and away the most popular trek, so now restricted to 500 people per day, with permits selling out […]

  • Cusco, Lima

    Beauty & Charm in Cusco, Peru

    After the charms of La Paz it took me a little while to warm up to Cusco, but after a day or so of wandering through the town, past the hordes of tourists and up the hill to the quieter narrow cobbled laneways I began to see what all the fuss was about.  The second […]

  • La Paz walking tour

    Breathless in La Paz

    The highest capital in the world, at around 3650 metres, La Paz will keep you breathless, and I’m not just talking the gorgeous views. On the way from the airport, ask your driver to stop at a viewpoint looking over the city as you will get the most spectacular views over the city. The city is […]

  • Death Road, Bolivia

    Surviving the Death Road – downhill for 65 kilometres

    One of the most well-known attractions in Bolivia is the infamous “Death Road”, also known as the World’s Most Dangerous Road, so called because of the alarming number of road fatalities. For a fee, tourists can experience this for themselves and mountain bike down this perilous route. Since we were here, it seemed like a […]

  • Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

    Spectacular Salar de Uyuni

    It was an early start for the three-day trip overland through the Salt Flats to Uyuni in Bolivia.  There were 12 of us in total, divided into two four-wheel drives. We had an amazing few days, lots of fun with our fellow travellers and we were treated to some of the most amazing and stunning scenery […]

  • San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    The Amazing Atacama, Chile

    I had been wanting to visit the Atacama Desert for ages.  It’s the driest desert in the world, with scenery that is truly spectacular. Arriving in San Pedro de Atacama, the little town on the edge of the desert, was pretty exciting.   It is simply gorgeous. The town itself is tiny with cute little dusty […]

  • Valparaiso, Chile

    A Day in Valparaiso, Chile

    Valparaiso, also known as Valpo, seemed to me to be the flip side to Santiago. While Santiago is tidy, orderly and reserved, Valpo is noisy, chaotic, messy, loud and dusty. Brightly coloured houses, with washing strung along the sides, sit perched in the hills, while the port throbs and heaves below. It was a gorgeous […]

  • Quintay, Chile

    Checking out Santiago, Chile

    I landed in Santiago on Sunday morning at the ungodly hour of 5.15 am.  I was staying at a lovely little guest house with only a few rooms, and as luck would have it one of the rooms occupied by a couple from Auckland, Robyn and Colin, who I ended up spending the next couple of days with. […]

  • Otavalo, Ecuador

    Otavalo Markets, Ecuador

    This morning I had an early start, ready for my day trip to the Otavalo Markets a couple of hours drive from Quito. I had booked a driver, Guillermo, who was fantastic. First up we drove to the animal markets at Otavalo, after stopping a few places for photos of the gorgeous scenery. The animal markets […]

  • Quito, Ecuador

    A fleeting visit to Quito

    After getting back to Quito from the rainforest I didn’t have much time, so it was a whirlwind tour of Quito Old Town. Unfortunately the weather was not great and not long into our excursion it started to rain. The irony of having been in a rainforest fully prepared for rain, which never truly eventuated, and […]

  • The Ecuadorian Amazon

    The Ecuadorian Amazon

    To get to the jungle was no easy feat.  I flew from Quito to Coca, then took a 2 hour motorised canoe ride up the Napo River (about 70 kms in total), then walked through the forest for half an hour, and then had another canoe ride (this time a dugout canoe) for 20 minutes […]

  • Coffee zone, Colombia

    Exploring the coffee zone, Colombia

    I had a five day trip to the coffee zone in Colombia, which I had booked through an agency.  I arrived in Armenia, one of the three main towns in Colombia’s coffee region and was immediately enveloped in the famous Colombian hospitality.  My driver for the next few days was Luis Eduardo. Words cannot begin to […]

About Beauty Charm Adventure….

View from a plane at sunset

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
-Jawaharlal Nehru

This beautiful quote is my mantra, and it's what this site is all about – travelling the world and finding the beauty, charm and adventure in the wonderful world that we live in.

Enjoy.....and happy travels!


Tour du Mont Blanc

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc will stay in my memory as one of the highlights of my life.  Starting in Chamonix, France, we walked to Switerland, then Italy before finishing back in Chamonix.  The scenery was amazing, at times breathtaking, and we were fortunate to have a dream run of beautiful summer weather.  The […]


Dubrovnik – blue skies, red roofs

According to Google maps it was only 170 metres from where the taxi dropped me off to the apartment that was to be home for the next four days in the walled city of Dubrovnik.  What soon became apparent was that Google did not take into consideration the tiny narrow laneways lined with cafes and […]

Rome Italy

When in Rome……

“All the beauty and art of the world is there, and a lifetime isn’t long enough to enjoy it” Said of Rome, from the Little Women Trilogy, Louisa May Alcott Rome – what a magnificent city!  It like being in a living museum and around every corner is a piece of history.  As they say, a […]

Helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon

Flying High – Choppers & Views

I love looking at the world from above, be it from a plane, a cable car, a mountain after a hike, or even a hot air balloon.  But a helicopter has to be my favourite – what’s not to like?  Choppers give you great views, and it’s thrilling, exciting and fun!  If you’re short on […]


Sydney with kids

Sydney is the perfect city to enjoy a family holiday in, with so many things to do.  Be it indoors, or outdoors, there’s always something to entertain the kids.  All of these suggestions have been road tested by with me and some of my nieces and nephews – and they have given them all the […]