Before they closed Tasmania…

Back in February 2020, before they closed Tasmania (because of the Covid-19 restrictions),  my husband and I flew down there for a weekend getaway and we found it even more charming than our last visit with a few delightful surprises. We picked up our hire car at Hobart airport and drove straight down to the…

Visit Iceland: Get ready, get set… get wet! (Part 2)

Iceland is a land of fire and ice. Fire melts ice. Ice is frozen water. So, when you visit Iceland… … you will get wet!   I visited Iceland on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria. This voyage included 3 stops in Iceland; the first port was Akureyri (part 1), followed by Ísafjörður and finally Reykjavik. Ísafjörður…

Visit Iceland: Get ready, get set… get wet! (Part 1)

Iceland is a land of fire and ice. Fire melts ice. Ice is frozen water. So, when you visit Iceland… … you will get wet! The Icelandic people are welcoming and want their visitors to immerse themselves in Icelandic culture and activities, But… … immersion somehow always involves visitors getting wet! My visit to Iceland…

Memories of the first moon landing – where were you 50 years ago?

  50 years ago today, a whole bunch of people in America (and NASA) organised this, the first men on the moon – Here in Australia, we watched their journey, their discovery and their first moonwalks in glorious black and white, because colour TV didn’t arrive in Australia until 1975. We crowded around television sets…

What tourists did before selfies

Before selfies became the norm (and before the Kardashians almost owned the term)  tourists had to rely upon the kindness of strangers for those important holiday snaps and memories of a youth spent travelling. When visiting Rome, in 2010, my husband was keen to visit some of the locations from Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita….

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to my mum, Nanette. Born a country girl, in a border town, with thick and curly hair, she earned herself a scholarship and found her dramatic flair. Her job in advertising took her interstate where she met a certain guy… …they decided to exchange their vows beneath a sweltering Brisbane sky. They…

Words of Wisdom #7

When packing to travel don’t forget the importance of travelling light mindfully, as well as baggage-wise. Just pack the core values – love, compassion and kindness. Leave behind the heavy stuff that weighs you down – resentment, regret, cynicism and anger.

Visiting Viking Orion

As a long-time subscriber to Cruise Passenger magazine and email newsletters, I was delighted to receive an invitation to visit VIKING ORION when she was berthed in Melbourne earlier this month. A limited number of subscribers were offered drinks and canapes and a guided tour around the elegant, state-of-the-art Viking Orion. The port is a…

Valentine’s Day – touching tribute

This statue, called “Answering the Call”, stands proudly on Port Melbourne beach facing out to Port Phillip Bay. On Valentine’s Day, a card and a rose appeared in the sailor’s hand. A touching tribute to a loved one lost at sea.