Shiplife – Rules & Rituals to ensure smooth sailing

Shiplife – Rules & Rituals to ensure smooth sailing

Life aboard a cruise ship is quite the departure from life on dry land – if you’ll pardon the pun. Forewarned is forearmed, so here’s my take on that carefree, colourful and sometimes quite quirky world of cruising and some tips to help you navigate...

Tahiti Looks Nice

Tahiti Looks Nice

Adventures in Paradise – Exploring French Polynesia It’s amazing how the catchphrase from a 1970’s soap TV advertisement has made it into the vernacular. Who could forget the rich couple and their cuter-than-cute blond kid (who’s playing with a...

Fiery Flamenco and Gypsy Nights

Fiery Flamenco and Gypsy Nights

Last month I was foot-tapping to the wonderful five-piece Gypsy fusion band Monsieur Camembert. Theirs is an Eastern European style of music but gypsies, or Romani, are found right across Europe and are said to have originated in India. Their music inspired Flamenco...

Deck the Medieval Halls with Holly

Deck the Medieval Halls with Holly

A Christmas Markets cruise is full of bountiful gifts When it’s sizzling hot in Sydney and  the air dense with humidity, my thoughts turn to cool northern climes and a fantastic river cruise I took along the Danube. The snow continued to fall as we visited...

What a swell party it was

What a swell party it was

Sheraton Grand opens in style It must have been the two espresso martinis I had at the end of the night, after I’d already consumed a few champagnes, that did it, for it’s taken me a while to to wax lyrical about the party of the year – the one held...

It’s wave season and ships come rolling in

It’s wave season and ships come rolling in

Summer spells surf, sun and cruise ships by the score Cruise fans can expect to see dozens of ships berthed at Circular Quay over the coming months and for those interstate cruise spotters, there’ll be plenty of ships to admire at terminals in Brisbane, Melbourne,...

Trio of P&O ships head to Melbourne Cup

Trio of P&O ships head to Melbourne Cup

Fun for punters on board and behind-the-scenes at Flemington Dressed in a hi-vis vest and rugged up in a coat despite the late spring day, I join a busload of punters, in the true sense of the word, on a tour of Flemington. Apart from the 40 or so of us, and staff and...

Tribute festivals – musical salutes to your favourite bands

Tribute festivals – musical salutes to your favourite bands

Can’t get the real thing – check out a fake festival Ten tribute festivals celebrating the genius of Elvis to Abba 1. Elvis Festival – Parkes, NSW, Australia. January 9 – 13, 2019 After four days at an Elvis Festival you’ll certainly know not to call those...

Thailand markets – saffron, ceremony and sweet treats

Thailand markets – saffron, ceremony and sweet treats

It’s worth getting up early for NAN markets in northern Thailand I’ve been to dozens of Asian and European markets over the  years. For some reason, I’m drawn to vegetables – the more exotic the better – and luscious fruit as well....

Gold Coast’s new entertainment hub

Gold Coast’s new entertainment hub

Fans pack Broadbeach boulevards for free blues and bluegrass        Australian celebrities have strutted their stuff on the Logies red carpet  – trophies and perfect teeth gleamed and dresses shimmered. The big annual event in Australian show business –...

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