Locked out – but not alone

Locked out – but not alone

Melbourne is in lock-down, with a six-week curfew curtailing life in the otherwise vibrant southern city. It’s no laughing matter. However, my little adventure, where I was locked out of a groovy Melbourne hotel room, rather than locked in, might just raise a...

Paradise Found – French Polynesia Opens to Visitors

Paradise Found – French Polynesia Opens to Visitors

  French Polynesia was one of the first places in the world to close its borders when coronavirus hit and that was a very good move. The islands have recorded just 62 cases of COVID-19 and no deaths at all. These good figures have been reflected in other Pacific...

Going by the Book – A Literary wander

Going by the Book – A Literary wander

Armchair travelling seems the only escape these days. So why not get out a favourite classic and settle in for a nostalgic read. When borders re-open, there’ll be time to visit those destinations immortalised in literature. Everyone loves a good story but some...

If you go down to the woods today

If you go down to the woods today

Mushrooming in the pine forests of New South Wales Wood, forests and parks are about the only places left these days where we can get a dose of fresh air. For now anyway…. It’s autumn and the mushroom gathering season has begun. Some call the activity...

Coronavirus – cruising and chaos

Coronavirus – cruising and chaos

Here’s something that won’t come as a shock to anyone – the Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the cruise industry. Every day there’s a new announcement – a ship reports that passengers have tested positive to the virus or it has been...

Tahiti Looks Nice – The Continuing Story

Tahiti Looks Nice – The Continuing Story

Let me begin this post with an apology or “Je regrette”, as the French speakers of Tahiti might say. It’s been a while since my last blog. My absence from Caroline’s Cabin Fever has had more to do with certain gremlins in the WordPress software...

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...

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