• THE FAB Four! – Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and Berry. A DAY AWAY OR A WEEKEND STAY

    Continuing on from our previous post Thrilling Wollongong, we continued our Southern getaway visiting the coastal towns of Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and the lovely village of Berry, all part of the Shoalhaven region of the New South Wales South Coast. Navigating around these picturesque towns is easy by car and all can be visited in one day. But really to appreciate them, we highly recommend an overnight stay. Accommodation in the Fab Four is plentiful from high end boutique hotels to motels, caravan parks, farm-stays and Airbnb. Every town has plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, public parks, amenities and parking so the only decision is where to stay.

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  • Thrilling Wollongong

    Wollongong is a popular tourist destination very close to Sydney. It’s the gateway to the South Coast of New South Wales comprising of four geographic regions namely the Illawarra Coast, Shoalhaven

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  • Bonjour, Nice

    Our first impression of Gare de Nice Ville was blissfully calmer compared to Marseille St Charles as we stepped outside. It’s a smaller station with less chaos except for our fellow arriving and departing passengers. Outside you’ll find plenty of shops and transport options to take you to your hotel or final destination.

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  • Marseille to Nice by train

    Train travel is a good option to venture out and around Côte d’Azur – the French Riviera. Sit back and enjoy the views, just let the train take you to your destination. Nothing to worry about with the daunting traffic and possible language barrier if you don’t speak French.

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  • EXPLORING MARSEILLE, FRANCE

    The South of France has been high on my bucket list for a long time, finally getting the chance during my last trip to the UK to visit this part of France. Enjoy the sea, sun, food, wineries and coastal drives, just some of the things that I hoped to do.

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  • Things to do in ZAKOPANE for a day!

    My last destination of my three day trip around Krakow was Zakopane, located in the southern part of the Podhale south of Poland at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. This time I travelled by bus which I booked online on the day I arrived in Krakow.

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  • The AWE-INSPIRING “Wieliczka” Salt Mine in Poland

    Wieliczka Salt Mine was the second part of the tour. We left the Birkenau Memorial ground at 1-pm, taking around 1 hour and 30 minutes to arrive, thanks to a smooth traffic flow along the motorway. The journey time allows for a resting of the feet, it also gives you time to reflect after the emotional tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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  • A visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau

    I pre-booked online my day tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine on Viator before arriving in Poland. It cost AUD $121.11 and that included lunch, hotel pick up and drop off. Krakow Shuttle Tours was the company that handled the tour. All communication was done via e-mail. On the day of the tour, the driver/guide was extremely prompt for my hotel pick up, on the dot at 07:30. Vehicle was a Mercedes Benz mini bus, comfortable with a total of 8 passengers including myself.

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  • Krakow, Poland a great value destination

    I took an early Ryanair flight at 06:35 from Brussels-Charleroi Airport and landed in Kraków John Paul II International Airport around 08:30 a less than two hour flight. Charleroi airport is small, nothing much to do for an early departure except clear security checks and wait for the boarding announcement. Plane departed on time and cruised into the sunrise over Central Europe. Views as the plane approached Krakow were an endless spread of colourful fields. I felt the morning sun slightly slanting on my window seat, it looks like a glorious day ahead!

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  • Alpha Pendular High Speed Train from Lisbon to Porto

    Happy Easter everyone! What a stressful time we are all experiencing! I am sure everyone and their loved ones are taking appropriate action to keep healthy and remain calm during

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TRAVEL

THE FAB Four! – Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and Berry. A DAY AWAY OR A WEEKEND STAY

Continuing on from our previous post Thrilling Wollongong, we continued our Southern getaway visiting the coastal towns of Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and the lovely village of Berry, all part of the Shoalhaven region of the New South Wales South Coast. Navigating around these picturesque towns is easy by car and all can be visited in one day. But really to appreciate them, we highly recommend an overnight stay. Accommodation in the Fab Four is plentiful from high end boutique hotels to motels, caravan parks, farm-stays and Airbnb. Every town has plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, public parks, amenities and parking so the only decision is where to stay.

Bonjour, Nice

Our first impression of Gare de Nice Ville was blissfully calmer compared to Marseille St Charles as we stepped outside. It’s a smaller station with less chaos except for our fellow arriving and departing passengers. Outside you’ll find plenty of shops and transport options to take you to your hotel or final destination.

Marseille to Nice by train

Train travel is a good option to venture out and around Côte d’Azur – the French Riviera. Sit back and enjoy the views, just let the train take you to your destination. Nothing to worry about with the daunting traffic and possible language barrier if you don’t speak French.

EXPLORING MARSEILLE, FRANCE

The South of France has been high on my bucket list for a long time, finally getting the chance during my last trip to the UK to visit this part of France. Enjoy the sea, sun, food, wineries and coastal drives, just some of the things that I hoped to do.

Things to do in ZAKOPANE for a day!

My last destination of my three day trip around Krakow was Zakopane, located in the southern part of the Podhale south of Poland at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. This time I travelled by bus which I booked online on the day I arrived in Krakow.

The AWE-INSPIRING “Wieliczka” Salt Mine in Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine was the second part of the tour. We left the Birkenau Memorial ground at 1-pm, taking around 1 hour and 30 minutes to arrive, thanks to a smooth traffic flow along the motorway. The journey time allows for a resting of the feet, it also gives you time to reflect after the emotional tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

A visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau

I pre-booked online my day tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine on Viator before arriving in Poland. It cost AUD $121.11 and that included lunch, hotel pick up and drop off. Krakow Shuttle Tours was the company that handled the tour. All communication was done via e-mail. On the day of the tour, the driver/guide was extremely prompt for my hotel pick up, on the dot at 07:30. Vehicle was a Mercedes Benz mini bus, comfortable with a total of 8 passengers including myself.

FOOD REVIEWS: CAFES/RESTAURANTS/PUBS

EVENTS

AIRLINE AND CRUISE REVIEWS

Sampler cruises, a fun weekend gateway

We have sailed with Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas a number of years ago for a 7 day cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong visiting Vietnam (Nah Trang) and Thailand (Pattaya and Chabang) and we loved it. As first time cruisers our expectations were all met hands down! We were impressed with our room and service, dining, entertainment and activities and shows onboard, never a dull moment.

LIFESTYLE

Chocolate craving? Try Maricar’s

We chocoholics like to believe that chocolate is a health food since it comes from roasted cacao beans, and therefore a vegetable. We hold on to recent studies that tell us chocolate has antidepressant compounds and amino acids linked to mood-lifting chemicals in the brain.