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; […]

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 […]

Hiking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, Shan State

Kalaw, Myanmar

Flying into Heho airport, we could see below us a patchwork landscape, fields of every crop imaginable.  We had arrived in Shan State, the food bowl of Myanmar, producing about 60% of Myanmar’s food.  We were soon to be amongst those fertile fields as we embarked on our next adventure – hiking from Kalaw to […]

Adventurous eating in Laos…or not

It wasn’t an auspicious start to my eating adventures in Laos when my guide, Po, brought up dogs. “Tourist always ask me,” he mentioned in passing, “do you eat dogs?” I didn’t really want to know the answer to this. “Of course we don’t eat our dogs…..we eat our neighbours’!” He laughed heartily at his […]

Bangkok by bike

Bangkok by bike

Given Bangkok’s notoriously bad traffic, exploring the city by bike is not the first thing that springs to mind.  However I had explored Bangkok’s main tourist sights on previous visits and I was keen to get behind the scenes and see everyday Bangkok life. The bike tour started in the Phranakorn neighbourhood, home to a […]

New Zealand Forest Walks – stunning!

Old Coach Road, New Zealand

Christmas Eve, Fern Walk – Pohangina Valley It was Christmas Eve and the children’s excitement was at fever pitch – what else to do but take them for a walk to burn off some steam?  So off we headed, three adults and four children, to the Totara Reserve forest in the Pohangina Valley, one of […]

The Blue Mountains Weekend Getaway

The Blue Mountains

One of my favourite weekend getaways from Sydney is up to the Blue Mountains. Only about 90 minutes drive from Sydney, on a clear day with never ending blue skies, it’s truly spectacular. So called because of a fine blue haze from the eucalyptus trees which is visible from a distance, the Blue Mountains are beautiful. […]

Hiking in Sydney

Sydney Hiking Bondi to Coogee

I’ve always thought that Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities.  Hiking in Sydney opens up even more of the beauty on offer – harbour views, beautiful landscapes, which are all easily accessible from the city – what could be better?  It’s a fantastic way to escape the hustle and bustle, recharge […]

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 […]