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Where to stay, shop, eat and drink in Brisbane

It’s been a little more than two years since we made Brisbane our home and I must say we’ve very much fallen in love (all over again) with this city after both of us spending many years living away. I love the smaller communities within the big city. I love our little community in the

11 tips for what to wear on a plane

I’m a child of the ’70s and as a kid I found anything to do with flying just about the most glamorous thing in the whole-wide world. Sure, part of the glamour was the destination. For me, those destinations were first implanted in my very imaginative mind through my late Nan’s silver charm bracelet. Nan

What to pack for a holiday

I’m one of those people who loves “holiday spam” photos flooding my Instagram and Facebook feed. I’m intrinsically nosey and I want to know all the things. I want to know where people are heading to, what they’re seeing, what they’re eating, where to do the best shopping, where they pour the best cocktails and

10 things to do in Burleigh Heads

Last Easter we escaped for a few days to the QT at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Loved it. Loved it all. On the Sunday, we’d arranged to meet up with friends on Burleigh Beach so the kids could have a swim and the adults could recover from the night before at Kurrawa Surf

What to pack for a cruise holiday

Last week I popped my cruising cherry. Yes, 40 years after falling in love with the concept of cruising via The Love Boat and wishing that all things on TV could become real, it did. Master SY and I boarded the US$50million refurbished Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas (as guests of the cruise company) for

Escape to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

We were guests of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat You know the sign of a good escape? That you’re plotting a return before you’ve even set off for home. We’d only arrived on the mountain at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat 24 hours before but that’s the magic of the place. It was my first visit to O’Reilly’s and

An afternoon in Paris with Carla Coulson

Paris dreaming. Yes, it’s still happening here. Did those two days really happen? They did and I have some photos to prove it. Not just any old photos. NO. Carla Coulson photos to be exact. Carla is an incredibly talented Australian photographer married to an Italian and living in Paris. She’s photographed six books and

Beauty travel essentials (plus essential extras)

I am a lover of beauty products. If you are a regular around here, you already know that, right? If you’ve landed on this page in the hope of finding the secret to packing light when it comes to beauty travel essentials, I have to warn you. This IS my version of packing light when it comes to

How to beat jet lag

Apart from waking up at 3am each day like I’m ready for an evening out sipping prosecco and downing a caprese salad, I really can’t tell if I’ve been jet-lagged since returning from Europe last Friday. Reason being: I’ve been battling a lovely lurgy picked up two weeks ago while in Italy. That’s energy zapping

What to do in Milan in a day

Europe is dotted with some of the most incredible cathedrals in the world but there is so much about Milan’s Duomo which is captivating in its design. It makes it impossible not to gravitate towards it. My gravitation had nothing whatsoever to do with the shops and boutiques lining the streets immediately around the Duomo. Who

What to see and do in Puglia, Italy

I’m sitting on a beach chair under an umbrella staring out at a sparkling sea of turquoise and sapphire hues. It’s near lunch time and the only thing beckoning is a Spritz* and anti pasti at a nearby trattoria. Life IS good. It’s something I’ve hashtagged a lot this past week. When my beautiful friend

What to do in Paris in summer

It was Easter 1980.  My grandparents, parents and brothers and I were on a European adventure. Two small cars loaded to the max and ferried across the English Channel on an evening where the seas were far from calm. It wasn’t long until the floors of the area in which we were seated were awash

Search for Mr Darcy at Chatsworth House

I blame Jane Austen. I blame Mr Darcy. But mostly I blame Colin Firth. In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. My one (touristy) wish when visiting my parents in the UK (they

13 things to do in London in summer

As we walked through Green Park and saw the green and white striped deck chairs lined up and ready for London’s sun worshippers, I smiled We really were in London. For summer. The expected top of 21 degrees was bound to bring out office workers on their lunch breaks. Truth be told, the deck chairs

What to pack for a European summer holiday

This would have to be my biggest packing challenge to date. Well, since I started seeing every trip as an opportunity to better myself in this game the experts call packing light. I need to be upfront with you from the outset, if you’re looking for a “how to pack for three weeks in Europe with

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