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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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