2017 Travel Highlights

Tour du Mont Blanc

I had a bumper year of travel highlights in 2017, visiting three continents and nine countries: Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy and France.  I was lucky to not only to explore so many new destinations, but also revisit some old favourites.  It was easy to rediscover the beauty, charm and adventure […]

Ancient Rome – the Eternal City

Ancient Rome

Visiting Rome you can choose to visit any number of ancient sites, temples or churches  However one of the best things about the city is that you don’t really have to spend much money at all to enjoy it.  You can wander aimlessly and soak up the atmosphere of the cobbled laneways.  The thrill of […]

A visit to the Vatican

Vatican Museums Rome

The Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Basilica is a highlight for visitors to Rome.  It’s an overwhelming feast of the senses, a visual spectacular that simply can’t be missed.  This however means that on a bad day, there will be just you and 25,000 others traipsing through the corridors and crowding around the exhibits. Do […]

Switzerland the beautiful

Lucerne Switzerland

It was my first visit to Switzerland and while it might be a cliche, but it’s beautiful and I was completely bowled over by it.  The mountains, the lakes, the stunning green landscapes or the charming old towns.  It’s fresh, clean, picturesque at every turn. Zurich I only a few hours to explore Zurich. I […]

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc

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.  What soon became apparent was that Google did not take into consideration the tiny narrow laneways lined with cafes and restaurants; the steep, congested stone steps; […]

When in Rome……

Rome Italy

“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’s like being in a living museum and around every corner is a piece of history.  As they say, a […]

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 […]

Baffling Burma, Magical Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar

I loved my visit to Myanmar, it’s a beautiful country full of surprises.  I went without knowing much beyond there were a lot of pagodas. What a wonderful surprise to discover such a diverse and fascinating place.  It’s magical and mystical, but at times completely baffling. Myanmar has a fascinating history.  With lots of natural […]

Discovering new cuisine in Myanmar


If you stop for a moment and imagine you are tasting a typical dish from Myanmar, what comes to mind?  If you’re anything like me, you can’t imagine much about the cuisine at all.  So what a wonderful surprise to discover such a diverse and delicious array of fresh and tasty food.  Influenced by its […]