PARIS: Baguettes – or the legend of the loaf
It was just a couple of weeks ago, I was driving from Charles de Gaulle airport into Paris and spied, shuffling along the street of one of the outlying suburbs a walking cliché, an old. hunched man, wearing a beret and carrying a baguette at 65cm in length. The ubiquitous baguette – bread of a…
Birdsong – or uncaged birds
One of the most charming surprises on a walk through Sydney is an art installation in the laneway of Angel Place, just off George Street through to Pitt Street. Look up, look up to an array of empty birdcages of all designs suspended and hanging high. Artist Michael Thomas Hill had this splendid work Forgotten…
Is there a barber in the house?
Or, let’s visit saucy Seville Arriving in Seville on a sun-drenched early autumn day will set you up for your senses to be tickled and your spirit to be enriched. Various seasons spent here will prompt different moods – so let’s discover the city as the last of the soporific summer sun takes us on…
Travel: Victorian Highlights
I‘m going out on a limb with this post, taking a risk, throwing caution to the wind, heading into troubled waters . . .that’s a bit dramatic. Posting this piece on Victoria today, 1 June 2021, while the state of Victoria is in a state of lockdown feels a little ambitious? Yes? No? Victorians have…
How to capitalise on the capital
Australia’s capital city is a little different to those of other countries; it is confined to a territory and is surrounded by the bush, with a mountain range in the backdrop. It really began as a rather vast paddock with a view of the Brindabella mountain range to the west, the high country snow fields…
How to indulge in Tasmania
The tiny island of ‘Tassie’ has an abundance of attractions and experiences to be indulged in. After a long period of being unable to travel, here is where you will breathe easy, enjoy glorious nature and get a taste of the best of what the island has to offer. Separated from the mainland by 240km…
Staycation or how to swing a few days in Sydney – good vibes all ’round.
Sydney likes nothing better than to celebrate the ‘new’. Always up for a party, the city by the harbour turned its attention to the latest Vibe Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour. Restrictions on borders are being relaxed (at time of writing) and people want to enjoy the new freedom of being able to move about and…
Vietnam’s Hanoi and a shining ritual
I do love tradidition, especially ones that have a gentle message.
Travel: How to explore Tangier
Tangier, top of the continent and a name that conjures myth, legends and exotic stories of decadence is a city of intrigue. Go see for yourself. There’s the labyrinthine medina, an expat dream town, cafes and souks, tempting tagines – there is so much to uncover in Morocco’s top town. It’s a city on the edge,…
Miss Saigon? Sure do.
A day or so in Saigon is like a week anywhere else, staying in District 1 at the delightful Caravelle Hotel (yes, still the best breakfast in Asia). I’m a sucker for a good hotel breakfast, and as one who has the simplest morning meal at home I go crazy when I’m at a brekkie…