It doesn’t matter what name you choose  to call it, Ho Chi Minh is a BIG city! It covers an area of over 2,000sq. kms, and is made up of about 24 districts, with District 1 and District 3 being the most popular for tourists. These two areas have the most sights, museums, eateries, bars, etc. […]
Oh, beautiful Da Nang!  On the back of a motorbike from Hoi An to Da Nang beach, nice wide roads and cooling breeze – can’t wait to get to the beach! Oops, forgot I can’t swim!  Never mind, just lazing around keeping out of the heat of the sun watching Rick swim was good enough […]
You’re staying HOW LONG? That’s the response we got when telling people we were staying 10 days in Hoi An!  Apparently no-one stays that long!  A few days, maybe 5, but usually no more.  I guess that’s because there isn’t really a great deal to do in Hoi An, but unlike most visitors, we rented […]
For those of you that are wondering if that’s me in the header picture, well guess what – it is!  Back in the days when I was an actress on the big stage………. Wait stop!  I’m dreaming again!  But seriously, it is me, but no, I’ve never been an actress on any stage! (Although my […]
And paradise it is,  even today! Norfolk Island is about a 2hr flight from either Brisbane or Sydney  and no matter where you are coming from, it is well worth the journey. Find Flights to Norfolk Island Famous for it’s Norfolk Pine trees, this tiny sub-tropical island is the idyllic place for a holiday.  A […]
When we said we were going to Norfolk Island people either asked “where’s that?”  or “why there?” Well apart from the fact we like going to places little known and especially small islands (Norfolk is about 8x5kms) I had found out I actually had a connection there.  I’m not sure if it still holds true, […]
Mandurah has a bevy of great cafes, restaurants and the like, in fact so many that sometimes we sit and debate for hours where to go to eat!  Luckily for us, all are within walking distance so a few wines or beers with dinner is never a problem.  There are western A’ La Carte places, […]
The recent happenings in Manchester and London reminded me of the horrible night in Nice,  when so many people were killed or injured on the Promenade Des Anglais.  Such a sad night for the whole world, something we will never forget,  and it would be remiss of me to do this post without a mention […]
It was by chance that we happened on the little town of Chagford one cold and rainy evening……… Sounds like the beginning of a scary story eh?  It wasn’t exactly scary, but it was interesting, and my husband did say he wasn’t keen to stay another night! We stayed at The Three Crowns, which was […]
This post by Stephen Liddell is well worth a read!  Click the link and enjoy his blog – you won’t regret it! This time last week I was giving a lovely guided tour to a charming couple to the old Roman city of St Albans which as it happens is just 5 miles from my […]
It just occurred to me that in my previous post about my town,  I never actually said where “my town, Mandurah” is on the map! Well Mandurah is a beautiful low-rise city about an hours drive south along the coast from Perth, Western Australia. I have lived in Mandurah since 2009, and love every little […]
There are numerous travel bloggers to be found on the net, but very few write about their home town. And it occurred to me recently just how beautiful my home town is.  Well Mandurah is officially a city but that brings visions of lots of skyscrapers and a busy CBD, which Mandurah doesn’t have, so […]
Being a lover of travel and food, along with home comforts of course, I’ve managed to pick up a few decent recipes over the years.  So, time to share! Crayfish & Chorizo Fettuccine in Pernod Cream Sauce Ingredients: (serves 4) 4 cray tails, raw and chopped into bite size pieces. Small piece Spanish Chorizo sliced thin. […]
We based ourselves in this little coastal town on the North-western side of Corsica for three fabulous weeks.  After much research I decided on L’Ile Rousse because it looked to have everything we craved; beach, daily markets for fresh produce, a town square for events and people-watching, a magnitude of restaurants and of course, glorious […]
Remember I said we like food and wine?  Well Corsica is THE place for both! The wonderful charcuterie that comes from the wild boar is amazing!  I must say that it is the best we have ever had from anywhere on the planet. Almost all cafes, restaurants and bistros serve charcuterie platters for sharing and […]
Oops!  This has become more like a “London Blog” – not my original intention!  But as you probably guessed it is my love! So how about a bit of Corsica for a diversion?  When we first told our friends we were going to Corsica for a holiday, most of them said “where’s that?” The next […]
 The tradition of coronation in England is well over 1000 years old, but the Crown Jewels at the Tower are more recent. Almost everything in the Jewel House was made after 1660 – the earlier crowns, orbs and sceptres had been destroyed following the abolition of the monarchy in 1649.
1910 – the high-level Walkways, which were designed so that the public could still cross the bridge when it was raised, were closed down due to lack of use. 1912 – during an emergency, Frank McClean had to fly between the bascules and the high-level walkways in his Short biplane, to avoid an accident. 1952 […]
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