Echoes, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

A few weeks ago it was our wedding anniversary and the plan was to go away for a couple of nights.  However, with having to squeeze the celebration in between a number of other events, we had to scale back our intentions and instead head away for a 24-hour escape. That meant we also didn’t […]

The Dunes, Mount Coolum

I’ve just returned from a Christmas holiday where a few days before Christmas we drove north to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a journey that took 13 hours, to a holiday house in Mount Coolum. The idea was to spend Christmas with Drew’s family; something we hadn’t done for at least a decade.  The idea of travelling […]

Hydro Majestic High Tea

Most people who grew up in Sydney and are from my generation will have memories of visiting the very pink Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains. Perhaps as early as 1901, Mark Foy, of Mark Foy’s Department Stores, sold shares in his business to finance what was to become Australia’s first […]

Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel, India

Last month I let you know that next year I’m heading to India with Rush Expeditions for a 10-day boutique tour.  The good news is, you have the opportunity to come with me. We will be spending our time in Northern India which, because of the incredible scenery, architecture and historical significance of the region, […]

Overseer’s Cottage, Mayfield Vineyard, Orange NSW

My friend, Peta, said to me this morning, ‘My father gave me a great piece of advice; never send an emotionally charged email; if you write it, don’t send it’.  Peta’s father is a very wise man. Hold that thought because we will come back to it. Just before the end of the recent school […]

Peppers Seminyak, Bali

Whenever I’m booking a place to stay, I always love to go with a friend’s recommendation.  About a year ago a friend of mine, Melissa, went to Bali for a family vacation.  She swapped the depths of a Sydney winter for two weeks of tropical bliss in Seminyak. Melissa and her family chose to stay […]

The Fitzroy Inn, Mittagong

It was sad circumstances that saw us back in Mittagong for just one night.  An extremely precious friend from our school days passed away very suddenly after his leukaemia returned, almost three years since his bone marrow transplant. Around 30 of his school friends gathered in Mittagong the night before his funeral to share and […]

Pandanus Bay Waterfront Apartments, Vanuatu

We planned on flying out of Santo early in the morning so that 50-minutes later we would be in Port Vila and all set for a day of sightseeing before heading back to Sydney the following morning. Alas, we had a five-hour delayed flight that robbed us of any sightseeing opportunities.  However, I’m not sure […]

Oyster Island, Santo, Vanuatu

I do love holidays where you get out and about and do some exploring.  Shane, the manager at the Beach House, told us that just 6kms up the road from Barrier Beach House is a turn-off to the right where you head down a dirt road until you come to the water’s edge.  Lying off-shore […]

Barrier Beach House, The Dining Experience

Nobody travels to the South Pacific for its culinary excellence.  Reasons for traveling to places like Vanuatu are more likely to be because of its climate, the scenery, the culture, the laid-back pace, and the welcoming and friendly people. I believe the dining experiences in places like Fiji and Vanuatu are improving but just at […]