What to do in Coolum

Australia is a massive country to explore and it goes without saying that a Queensland beach experience is high on many holidayer’s To Do List. Mine reads something like this. Cool blue water. hot summer days. crashing white foam. sandy toes. salty lips. fish & chip sundowners. drinks on the deck. repeat. Hello Coolum! Mid-way […]

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Dinner in a Japanese Home

Because Japanese homes are so intimate in size, entertaining traditionally takes place at a restaurant or bar. Therefore we were surprised and pleased to be invited for dinner at the home of our friend’s mother, who lived in a prefecture close to Kyoto. Our hosts seemed as excited for us to be in their home as […]

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Hvar Town on Croatias Glamour Island

The ritziest town on the Croatian glamour island of Hvar is a town by the same name. Set on a harbour that attracts mega yachts, party boats and ferries carrying day trippers to the nearby Paklenki Islands, Hvar town entices 20,000 visitors a day in the summer season.   Arriving by boat is mandatory on […]

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Mullumbimby or Mullum a Little Town with Big Spirit

If you’re driving through the Rainbow Region of New South Wales,  you might happen upon the self proclaimed Biggest Little Town in Australia. I think it’s moniker should be Little Town Big Spirit. The Rainbow Region. The Rainbow district starts to the west in the town of Nimbin and wafts it’s way through The Channon, Uki south […]

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Sicily’s Scenic Southern Corner Revealed

Driving in Sicily can be challenging. Much to my dismay as chief navigator, I discovered how easy it was to become lost, even when using a GPS as well as a paper map. Keeping in mind that trips can take much longer than anticipated, it is a most enjoyable way to explore and reveal this scenic […]

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Budget Eating at Ortigia Market Siracusa

To find Caseificio Borderi, the cheese factory deli owned by the Borderi family in Siracusa, Sicily, look for the crowd of happy shoppers munching on hand made cheeses at Ortigia Market. We visited this local institution on the recommendation of our Airbnb host in Ortigia and stayed for the theatre performance that is Andrea.  He […]

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Christmas in Australia and Grilling Fish on the Croatian Island of Vis

Christmas 2015 is looming and my thoughts are turning to preparing food for a combined family celebration in Australia.  All of Marty’s extended family will be home for Christmas and I know from past experience that the tables will be groaning under a mass of salads, prawns, ham, pork, chicken and roasted vegetables. A three metre pool […]

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Trinity Beach and Beyond in Tropical North Queensland

Imagine. Absorbing the sights and sounds of a world heritage rainforest, or stalking Nemo through a myriad of brilliant coral formations, or best of all spending quality time just wiggling your toes into golden sand at Trinity Beach and beyond.     This is Tropical North Queensland. Cairns City sits at the corner of the […]

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Get your Hoi Polloi on in Denham Lane Townsville

I am a sucker for ambience. Well who isn’t?  But it has to be the right kind of ambience and I like the brand that Hoi Polloi Coffee Shop dishes up.  The shop is at the Denham Lane or back entrance of Agora House (1910) which fronts Flinders Street East. If you took our table […]

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More Bright Lights in Osaka Japan

This week I am continuing our Night Lights of Osaka tour. We love to wing it on holidays and our two weeks in Kyoto in November 2014, were very much a holiday.  Only an eight hour flight from Cairns in North Queensland, Japan is a “close” destination for Aussies, as opposed to Europe which often […]

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