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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

16 best shops Paddington Brisbane

It’s 18 months since we made the move from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. EIGHTEEN months. In some ways it feels like it’s longer. In some ways it seems like yesterday. We’ve very much settled into our new environment. We’re fortunate to have made some beautiful new friends, have re-connected with old friends and completely

5 Sydney foodie experiences for your next visit

I may be able to sniff out a shopping or spa opportunity on any given holiday or weekend escape but another special skill I have is seeking out good foodie experiences. It’s no secret that I love food, whether that’s eating out or cooking up a storm at home. Just quietly, I don’t mind an

What to wear on a long-haul flight

I love flying. Have done since I was a small child and wore my TAA “The Friendly Way” Junior Flyer badge with pride. I’d have the hostesses (back when they were called hostesses) fill in my logbook with every flight – mostly on fokker friendship planes between Maryborough and Brisbane. We dressed up for flying.

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