Baku

Exploring Baku’s Old Town

Looking for an East meets West experience? Look no further than Baku, the capital city of the ancient state of the Shirvanshahs. We recently spent three days exploring the Azeri city. I was surprised to find just how European it was – although the Middle Eastern/Continental Asian influence is obvious. My favorite destination in the […]

TRAVEL

City Break

Four Tips for Planning a City Break

A city break is a fantastic way to explore a new place in just a few days. You can soak up the culture, visit attractions and, of course, try new food! City breaks are perfect if you don’t have a huge budget or amount of time for travelling, but you want to do something more […]

Auschwitz

Visiting Auschwitz

Visiting Auschwitz is a harrowing experience. The final resting place of millions of people murdered by the Nazi’s during World War Two is a popular day trip from Krakow. I debated over whether to write a post about it site for some time. For me, travel isn’t just about experiencing amazing cultures, delicious foods or […]

Baby

Guest Post: Baby on Board (Tips for Sailing with a Baby!)

This guest post is brought to you by 45 Degrees Sailing, a sailing business based in Split, Croatia and run by two New Zealanders, Nick and Mahina Hathaway. Visit their website at http://www.45degreessailing.com for more information, video logs or to book a trip! And before you get excited, no. Not for us! For our boat! […]

Riviera

Exploring the French Riviera

I’d never really thought about visiting the French Riviera. I was sure it would be beautiful, and have lots of wonderful towns to explore and experience. I also thought it would be very busy, and I like visiting ‘different’ sorts of places – not always the big tourist draw-cards. However, this time, I wasn’t looking […]

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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 […]

     
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Furnish your place in Dubai without blowing your budget

Dubai is expensive. Ask anyone you know that lives here, and I am sure they will agree. For that reason, many people ship their furniture from home rather than buying furniture here. We didn’t do this. We decided we would furnish our place from scratch, bringing about 13 boxes of with us from New Zealand, […]

Ekar

Rent an Ekar

We haven’t bought a car yet. Though our handy location between Business Bay and Downtown Dubai means we can get around easily, occasionally, it’s easier to have your own set of wheels. Today, we decided to give Ekar – a fantastic on demand car rental service – a go. We were pleasantly surprised at how […]

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

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Olde Beach Bakery & Salt and Wood Collective

If I was to tell you that one of the best bakeries I have ever visited is in Waikanae, New Zealand, would you believe me? I’ve visited 46 countries, so it might take me a little while to convince you. I can assure you though, they’re onto a good thing in Waikanae. About a month […]

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