Kauai, the Garden Isle

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, the Garden Isle, is covered in a tropical rainforest and boasts a stunning lush scenery.  From the air it glimmers like a brilliant green jewel.  It’s the least commercially developed of all the Hawaiian islands, but there is so much to explore: beautiful beaches, the dramatic Na Pali coast, waterfalls, kayaking, hiking….it wasn’t going to be […]

Waikiki for beginners

Oahu, Hawaii

Almost overnight summer disappeared and winter arrived in Sydney.  It was cold, grey and there had been a couple of spectacularly fierce winter storms.  So swanning off to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii for a few days sounded like a really fabulous idea. There is so much to see and do in Hawaii.  For the first few […]

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbour

Visiting Pearl Harbor had long been on my bucket list.  It was an early start, with a 6.00am pick up, which at least meant a respite from the heat of the day. However it seems that there is no escape from the crowds! Pearl Harbor was recognised as strategically important as far back as 1887, […]

Las Vegas – Bigger, Brighter, Bolder, Better!

las vegas, usa

“A little bit of this town goes a very long way.” Hunter S. Thompson   It was my first visit to Las Vegas, and it was a whirlwind visit. The city of around 2 million people is implausibly plonked right in the middle of the desert. Surrounded by dry dusty mountains, everything is big, vying […]

The Grand Canyon by helicopter

Helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon

It was my first visit to Las Vegas,  and while there’s plenty to do on the famous Strip, top of my list was seeing the Grand Canyon.  I didn’t have a lot of time available, so a helicopter seemed the best way to do it.  It also fulfilled my inner princess and for a brief […]

Escape from Alcatraz

San Francisco, USA

I had somewhat reluctantly pre-booked a trip over to Alcatraz.  Several friends had recommended it, and although I wasn’t particularly interested in visiting an old prison on an island, the glowing recommendations of friends made me think it would be well worth while.  I trusted my friends’ advice and booked myself on an early sailing […]

An introduction to San Francisco

San Francisco, USA

I had a short 3-day stopover in San Francisco, my first introduction to the city.  I loved it instantly! First up I decided to take the hop-on hop-off bus. It was a great way to get my bearings and see San Francisco’s hot spots. The driver was also threw in a couple of jokes, plus lots […]