Watercolor

Create Your Own Watercolor Map Art

I like painting. I’m not a great painter, or even a good painter. But, under the right circumstances, I find painting very therapeutic. Most of all, I love being able to give people my ‘art’ – even if it is pretty simple. There is nothing lovelier than seeing something you have made hanging in the […]

TRAVEL

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The Hameau de la Reine – a Play-Village for the Privileged

When you visit Versailles, you find all the things you would expect at a royal residence. A massive royal palace, a couple of out outbuildings for the mistresses, stables. However, Versailles has a few little surprises. There is the Orangerie, built by Louis XIV to satiate his desire for exotic citrus fruits, and the Apollo […]

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Hike New Zealand – The Parata Track

Since I’m back in New Zealand for six months, I’m going to make the best of it. This means going out for a hike in the middle of winter, even if my feet are slightly numb and I have to wear three layers of pants. The heat in Dubai appears to have made me a […]

Monaco

Treachery, Bankruptcy and Grace – the Grimaldi’s of Monaco

 “I avoid looking back.  I prefer good memories to regrets.” – Princess Grace of Monaco What royal family has a vast fortune originally acquired through gambling profits, a current reigning ruler with two illegitimate children, and had an ancestor oust their way into power by wearing a costume, seeking sanctuary in the stronghold of Monaco, […]

Reyjavik

A Guide to Reyjavik, Iceland

I visited Reykjavik in September last year. To me, it is the perfect little city. It reminds me of a ski resort village, with the added bonus of excellent food and beautiful museums. Amongst the souvenir shops, you can find little gems selling local crafts and gifts. Street art abounds. While the Golden Circle is […]

Firenze

The Food of Firenze

I first visited Firenze (Florence) in 2010. A short stop jammed between a trip to Rome and Venice,  I don’t remember too much. It was certainly hot, and it was busy. In fact, one of the few things I recall about the trip is eating a delicious sandwich somewhere near the Palazzo Vecchio. The food of […]

Cheap tickets

How to Find the Cheapest Flight Tickets

You’ve spent months researching your holiday destination, and you’ve finally nailed down your choices. With so many options available to find travel deals online, how can you possibly know you’ve gotten the best deal? The fact is – you could spend hours searching online, chasing your tail, and never actually saving any money. Worse still, […]

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Le Due Torri of Bologna

When you’re visiting Bologna, one of the first landmarks you will notice are the towers. They’re pretty hard to miss. The two most obvious stand close to each other, and are named Le Due Torri of Bologna. We decided, like many other tourists, that we would give the publicly accessible, taller of the two, a […]

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24 Hours in Bali

Bali had never been a place that held much appeal for me. When I was a teenager, it seemed like everyone was going there. To me, travelling to a place full of Australians and New Zealanders just didn’t feel that exotic. Add the 2002 Bali Bombings and the Schapelle Corby trial into the mix, and […]

Porto

The Port Caves of Porto

I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer: I don’t even like Port. For those of you that haven’t drunk it, Port is a fortified wine, typically red, and rather sweet. We visited the Port Caves of Porto solely for the benefit of my husband, but I enjoyed seeing them, too. I may have […]

Horse

Explore the World on Horseback

You may have noticed that I like riding horses. Whether its having a go at a tölt on an Icelandic horse or galloping through the desert on an Arabian ex-racehorse, I try and fit in a ride when I can. I’m not going to lie. I’m a terrible rider, and I mainly just bounce around in the saddle, […]

Travels

Travels with my Mother

The first time mum and I travelled together, I was around 21. At that stage in my life, I felt like other young people would be happier on a drunken Contiki tour than exploring Europe with their mum. I was happy about it, though. I didn’t drink, I didn’t party, and I knew my mum […]

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Hike the Azores – Quatro fábricas da Luz

The moment we landed on the island of São Miguel, I knew we were going to love it. There is something about islands that I really enjoy. Maybe it’s the easygoing nature of island life, or the fact that nobody really seems to care what you wear or do. Whatever it is, I love spending […]

  
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Work Dubai

Preparing Yourself to Work in Dubai

I would be the first to admit that I might not be the best person to write this post. I’ve only worked in the region for about nine months, and I’m sure there are others who are much more knowledgeable than I am. However, those people haven’t written us a blog post, have they? This […]

Art

Where to Find Art Supplies in Dubai

One of the difficulties about moving to Dubai is trying to find the things you took for granted back home. Knitting wool was a big one. It took me a fair while to locate anything resembling real wool here in the desert. Art supplies were another stumbling block. Sure, you can pick up cheap bits and […]

HOME & LIVING

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Yislamoo – Creative Arabian Art

One of the best aspects of moving to Dubai was the chance to decorate a new house. A blank canvas with fresh white walls awaited me, ready to be adorned. I had only packed a few prints and paintings from New Zealand, so was pretty excited to be able to choose new art pieces when […]

VAT

Beat the VAT – Fly and Buy

Having access to international travel on a regular basis does have some advantages. One of these is bringing back tasty treats (as well as useful household items) from overseas. This is one way you can beat the VAT recently introduced to Dubai. Remember, hold on to your receipts, just in case. Alcohol and cigarette limits […]

Winterbooks

Book Reviews – Winter Edition

Okay, so I didn’t really get a winter vacation. I had three days off over Christmas, and I just spent five days in Spain. Apart from that, I worked right through. But, after my earlier book review post, covering the first half of at the year, I thought I should cover the second half. For […]

FOOD AND DRINK

Berbere

Berberè Pizzeria, Bologna

If there was one thing we were going to eat while in Bologna, it was going to be pizza. We are not big pizza eaters. Avoiding carbs, it doesn’t sit too well in our stomachs. However, I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity for a well made Italian pizza. A fellow pilot had recommended Berberè […]

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