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, […]

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Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Something I never thought I’d be interested in visiting… the salt mines! Wieliczka Salt Mine is a popular day trip from Krakow, Poland. Many trips to Auschwitz are, oddly, teamed up with a trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine. I booked a tour of both. If you’ve read my blog on visiting Auschwitz, you’ll know my […]

VisitingKapitiIsland

Visiting Kapiti Island

Earlier this month, we decided to take a trip to Kapiti Island (Kapiti), a nature reserve off the coast of Paraparaumu, New Zealand. Now, I have actually visited Kapiti before. If you were a child that attended school on the Kapiti Coast, a visit is basically part of your curriculum. My sister went with her […]

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The Fate of the Romanovs

In the middle of the night in July 1917, Nicholas II of Russia, his wife Alexandra, their four daughters and one son, members of their household staff, and various pets were led down to the basement of Ipatiev house. They complied happily with this action, believing they were either about to have their photo taken, […]

Business

Business Class – What is it Really Like?

For most people, business class remains a bit of a mystery. I know I used to wonder exactly what went on up the pointy end, and whether it was worth all of that fuss. Long story short? For long haul travel, it really is. I won’t get into the details, but I am one of […]

Toledo

A Day in Toledo

Our day in Toledo started with a train trip through the fog. Very, very dense fog. We’d only decided to take a trip to Toledo whilst on the high speed train to Madrid the previous day, and done a quick google for day trips from the city. After boarding our local train at 8AM, bound […]

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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A Night Out at MINA Brasserie

I’m no food expert. Let’s make that perfectly clear. I like to eat, but I’m not a connoisseur. If anything, I’m slightly picky, which tends to keep me from the really exotic foods on offer here in Dubai. I’m kind of like a 12 year old child stuck in an adult body. So, when my […]

Where (Normal) People Shop in Dubai

Where (Normal) People Shop in Dubai

I know, I know. We are constantly told Dubai is a shopping paradise. Consumerism at its best! Every holiday or special occasion is accompanied with advertising telling us to buy the latest car, clothes, toys. It may seem strange that I would even compile a list of places to shop in Dubai. However, there is […]

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 […]

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Akiba Dori

My favourite cuisine is Japanese. I love it. No matter where I am in the world, I always seek out Japanese food. What you end up with runs the gauntlet from awful to amazing. Luckily, my recent experience at Akiba Dori in Dubai fell on the positive end of the spectrum. I’ve wanted to visit […]

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