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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.

Escape to Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui

Sponsored by Female for Life My German yoga instructor congratulates us for our energy in the afternoon class. Enjoy your evening, she says … your detox juices … I’ll be having a gin and tonic she says with a wide smile. Her quirky sense of humour is not lost on me. It’s Friday night. I’m on

Escape to Byron Bay

The family and work planets aligned on the weekend and planted us back in Northern New South Wales’ beautiful Byron Bay – almost a year since we last visited. Miss SY had a 21st to attend and is still trying to get her hours sorted for her licence so wanted to drive. Mr SY wanted to

Escape to the QT Gold Coast

Since we moved from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane so many have asked us whether we miss the beach. DER! Of COURSE we miss the beach. Having it on our doorstep was something we tried not to take for granted when we lived at the Coast. This meant that most holidays and long weekends we’d

Escape to the Crown Metropol Melbourne

A few years ago Mr SY called me from a hotel in Melbourne where his employers had put him up for the night. To tell me how GREAT it was and how much I would love to stay there. So instead of cooking dinner or something equally mundane, I took to Google to take a

9 Tasmania holiday tips

Sponsored by Spirit of Tasmania We were just about to switch the lights out on the first night in Tasmania when my young travel companion said to me, “Mum, Tasmania has all your favourite things: cheese, raspberries, chocolate, salmon and wine.” Wise boy that Master SY. In one simple sentence, he succinctly summed up why

9 tips for packing clothes for a trip away

I’m travelling again this week. This is far from an unusual occurrence. I’ve spent the best part of the last six months packing and unpacking … for mostly work trips. The thing is, I don’t think I can hang on to my notoriety as an over-packer any longer. Well maybe just a little bit. Necessity

Bells at Killcare day spa – and restaurant

I am a Spa Rat from way back. This is not news to anyone who’s been a regular around here. For new SY readers, a Spa Rat is someone who will purposefully book a holiday around its location in relation to a day spa. A Spa Rat will spend hours scrolling through websites and social media to

Shopping staycation at Hilton Brisbane

My friend Smaggle recently posted about how to shop on Boxing Day like a boss. It’s an extremely useful blog post and I wholeheartedly agree with all of her tips … but I now have a new one to add to her list. If you REALLY want to shop the sales like a boss and

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