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A Visit To Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Chocolate Heaven Attention all chocolate lovers! Recently, I went to chocolate heaven. About an hour’s drive from Melbourne in the middle of wine country there is the divine Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Why in the middle of vineyards? I don’t know, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s as good a place as any. It’s like a fairy tale vision on the horizon! Such a beautiful …

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La Spezia Will Surprise You

La Spezia Want to know which big city in Italy isn’t overcrowded with tourists? It’s the picturesque, historic, seaside city of La Spezia, in Northern Italy. I hadn’t planned on going, but changed itinerary last minute due to family ‘issues’, and decided to drive to La Spezia from Parma, rather than go straight to Cinque Terre. I’m glad I did, because La Spezia really surprised …

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Amazing Facts About United Arab Emirates

In recent years tourists have been discovering the relatively new and exciting cities of the Emirates in the Middle East. These super-impressive, ultra modern metropolises have rapidly developed in the middle of the desert. In particular I’m referring to the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi which have become two of the most luxurious cities in the world today and are now very popular tourist …

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Amazing Facts About Qatar

All You Need To Know Before Visiting Qatar is a country of great extremes. With an ultra modern sprawling city landscape, to barren desert terrain, this Arab nation is flourishing. A relatively small country in Western Asia on the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar boasts great advances in an incredibly short time, given that it used to be one of the poorest countries in the region, not …

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River Seine

The beautiful city of Paris is built on the banks of the majestic River Seine. Flowing through the centre, it gives so much life and joy to the city. In fact, the whole of Paris revolves around this waterway. Some of the world’s most insanely famous monuments sit proudly on its banks. You can’t possibly miss the River Seine and all its glory, even if …

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Driving In Italy 🇮🇹

10 Tips For Driving In Italy Are you thinking of driving in Italy? You must be crazy! I’m just kidding. It’s not that bad. Let’s remain calm, take a deep breath and I’ll give you my 10 tips for driving in Italy. My family and I drove around Northern Italy last year and we survived. Just barely. No, I’m joking. Sorry. It’s just that everyone …

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The Venice Lagoon

I absolutely love Venice. Specifically, I’m referring to the Venice Lagoon. There is no other place like it anywhere in the world. It is a fascinating, unique, and majestic city with a colourful and rich history, and an undeniable charm that sweeps everyone off their feet. Yes, it’s romantic, captivating and enchanting, but it’s more than just those things. When walking around the centre of …

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Venice And The Gondola

When you visit this unique city of Italy, you should experience a ride in a beautiful Venetian gondola. It is the most romantic ride in the world, in the most romantic city in the world. It is a must, in my opinion. I have been lucky to ride in a gondola twice in my life, and have found it to be a magical experience. They …

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Melbourne’s Pink Lake

Think pink. Not hot pink, or baby pink, but more of a raspberry pink. What am I talking about? A pink lake! Located in Port Melbourne, Westgate Park Lake is pretty in pink. You won’t believe it until you see it. Curious? Read on. Melbourne is privileged to have one of these rare coloured lakes. It actually looks like someone has tipped a whole lot …

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Santa Margherita Ligure

The Italian Riviera’s Best Kept Secret The Italian Riviera has long been the playground of the rich and famous. It boasts a host of stunning resort towns. Many tourists and celebrities have lived or holidayed in this beautiful coastline of Italy. But perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the Italian Riviera is the glorious harbour village of Santa Margherita Ligure. Why wasn’t I …

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Vigoleno Castle

You Will Be Enchanted If you love fairy tales, you are sure to be enchanted by the Castello di Vigoleno. In the north of Italy, this real life original medieval castle is part of the charming historic Vigoleno village, located in Vernasca. It dates back to Roman times and sits high up on top of a hill in the Emilia Romagna Region, not too far …

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River Thames

6 Hot Spots To Visit The River Thames in London is the life of the city. The longest river in England with an incredible 33 bridges spanning across it in London itself, it plays host to a plethora of famous and historic landmarks. But here I’m going to list just 6 hot spots for you to visit which are all conveniently located along or near …

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Genoa

Fall In Love With Genoa Once you visit Genoa you will fall in love with it, as I did. This grand historic, bustling seaside city in Northern Italy is full of wonderment everywhere you turn. I couldn’t get over how much it has to offer and yet I’m a little amazed it doesn’t attract more international tourists as a prime holiday destination. Genoa is currently …

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Tower of London

Why You Must See This Castle The amazing Tower of London is situated in the middle of the city, along the Thames River. With metropolitan life bustling all around it, this fascinating one thousand-year old castle and fortress, harbours spooky tales. You must see it while you’re in London and I’ll tell you why. I drove around looking at it before working up the courage …

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Palace of Versailles

You Need To See It The Palace of Versailles is a grandiose monument from a fascinating period in French history when the royal family basked in extraordinary opulence. Magnificent architecture; extravagant luxury; stunning masterpieces … there aren’t adequate words to accurately describe how impressive the Palace really is. You need to see it for yourself. I was blown away by the ostentatious lifestyle enjoyed by the …

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Parma

Charming and Delightful A Must-See! A charming city renowned as Italy’s food capital, Parma is a gastronomic delight. It is located in northern Italy approximately an hour and a half drive south of Milano. Here you will find the birthplace of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Parma is also famous for Prosciutto di Parma or Parma Ham, the home of Barilla Pasta, Guiseppe Verdi (the opera composer) and loads more… It …

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Amazing Art At The Louvre

My Photo Tour If you are in Paris, you must visit the Louvre Museum especially if you love art, as I do. I recently spent a delightful day at the most famous museum in the world and I was absolutely enthralled by the amazing collection of art. Masterpieces from all around the world are beautifully showcased here at the gorgeous Louvre Palace. How Many Items …

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Carry-On Luggage

Essential Information So you’re excited to go on your overseas trip and are packing your bags. But what do you pack in your carry-on luggage? Well, don’t get stressed. Here’s some of my tips that might help you get organised. Valuables Firstly, make sure all of your most valuable possessions and important documents are kept with you when you travel, NOT in your check-in luggage. …

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Daylesford

The Ideal Country Retreat Daylesford has been fortunate to be the location of two major mineral discoveries in the past – natural mineral spring waters and gold minerals. Both of these huge findings in the 1800s have made this Victorian town in Australia the delightful haven it is today and the ideal country retreat for city folk. Read about other fabulous places in Victoria, Dromana …

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Milan

4 Fascinating Places to See In Milan Milan is Italy’s most expensive and richest city, being home to fashion, design and finance. Labels such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino have their flagship stores and headquarters here. Names such as Pirelli Tyres and Alfa Romeo are also from Milan. I visited in 2018 and immediately loved it here; it’s easy to get around and …

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Penang Island

One of Asia’s top travel destinations The Island of Penang in Malaysia has long been a favourite resort destination for many tourists. Why wouldn’t it be? With the tropical climate, lovely beaches, great food and reasonably priced hotels, I would have to agree it is an ideal holiday spot for couples and families. In fact, it is known as one of Asia’s top travel destinations.  …

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Dromana Beach

A Melbourne Beach Holiday This Summer I decided not to go overseas for my end of year vacation, as I often do. Instead I decided to holiday closer to home. My destination was only an hour’s drive from Melbourne to the coastal beach town of Dromana in Victoria, which is part of the glorious Mornington Peninsula. We are so privileged to have beautiful beaches near …

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Kuala Lumpur

5 Highlights You Won’t Want To Miss In KL Over the years I have travelled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia too many times to count. Sometimes it’s been a stopover to, or from, other parts of the world and sometimes on vacation. In recent decades it has become a very popular holiday destination in its own right for many people. So, I’m going to give you …

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Melbourne Wineries

 4 Wineries In Victoria’s Yarra Valley Region Melbourne, Australia, is renowned for many things – Australian Tennis Open, Formula 1 Grand Prix, Motorcycle Grand Prix, AFL Football, Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival, beaches, the list goes on … And it has been voted the most liveable city in the world 7 times. Melbourne also has some of the best Wineries in the world, without a doubt. …

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Monterosso Al Mare

A delightful Seaside Resort Along the coastline of northern Italy, Monterosso Al Mare is one of the famous old fishing villages which make up the Cinque Terre (five lands) seaside resorts. On the Italian Riviera this delightful ocean town is the last one on the strip. From north to south there are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, then Monterosso, which is the most popular and the …

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Taiping Malaysia

Unassuming and tranquil Taiping translates to ‘everlasting peace’ and I can vouch for it indeed being a very tranquil place. It has an unassuming character which is probably why Taiping is largely unknown to international travellers. It holds no tickets on itself and seems happy to keep its quaint and old-fashioned charm a secret from the world. Approximately 100km from Penang, Taiping in Malaysia was originally a …

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Launceston Tasmania

Tamar River, Launceston A little bit of paradise! Arriving in Launceston, Tasmania, I immediately felt a calmness come over me. It’s so tranquil and beautiful here. Only one hour flight from Melbourne or you can take the Spirit of Tasmania ferry to Devonport, which is about 9 hours, and you have the option of taking your car. I’ve gone both ways and I was rather … Continue reading Launceston

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Kota Kinabalu

A Gem On The Island Of Borneo This gem on the island of Borneo is in Sabah, Malaysia and I was pleasantly surprised to find it is rich in natural beauty. Kota Kinabalu has a diverse wildlife, a coral reef and Mount Kinabalu which is the highest peak in Malaysia, listed as a natural world heritage site. It is also a very beautiful holiday location. …

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