The Vatican

The Vatican , as it is referred to, is a principality inside the city of Rome. As the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, many make the pilgrimage here to pay honour to the home of the Pope and one of the strongest religions world wide. Inside the grounds of the Vatican are the Sistine…

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The Roman Forum

The grandiose centre of the Roman Empire stems from the Roman Forum. Located in central Roma, this is a must see place when in Roma. I didn’t have time to fully explore the space (it was closing as I arrived) but I got a fantastic insight to the sophistication of the Roman Civilisation from the…

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Eden Restaurant Mt Tamborine

It’s a glorious winter’s day and it’s school holidays on the Gold Coast. I’m up on Mt Tamborine which is about a 45 minute drive from central Gold Coast.  There are a few ways to the summit and the ridge along the top is scattered with vineyards, restaurants, coffee houses, walks, a sky walk and…

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Icebergs Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is a total iconic Australian land mark. Even today, a gloomy wet day, the beach is magnificent. Bondi has a reputation world wide as being that “typical Aussie beach”and it is… although it has soared a bit in hipster and wealth notoriety! I have been going to Bondi for years and today, just…

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Waiheke Island New Zealand

Situated 40 mins by ferry from Auckland is the lovely island of Waiheke. The population is about 9000 steady residents that swells to 45,000 in summer. The scalloped wind-protected bays are delightful and on a sunny day shimmer in the light. The ferries with Fullers leave pier 2 in Auckland Wharf every thirty minutes on…

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Salamanca Markets Tasmania

If you are booking a trip to Hobart, Tasmania, make sure you include a Saturday morning in Hobart and visit Salamanca Markets. A local iconic experience shared by millions over the years and a mainstay for locals. I remember growing up here (in Hobart), we used to frequent the markets every Saturday. It was a…

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Mona Art Gallery Hobart

Situated up the Derwent River, a twenty minute drive from the CBD of Hobart, is MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). It has only been opened since 2010 but I make sure I go there every visit. There is a solid collection of regular exhibits (the building has actually been built around several) and…

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Alpine Hiking Mt Rigi

Switzerland offers many walking adventures, many accessible from trains, furniculars, cables and car. Today we set off for a short 3 hours walk along Mt Rigi. There is a car park at the bottom and three options for getting to the start of many walks. You can walk the entire way but you would need…

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Five things to do in Zurich

Zurich is one of the great cities of the world, boasting a modest population of 400,000 which swells each working day to 1.3million. I have travelled here a few times and find it very clean, surprisingly old and the people very friendly. It is a very business savvy city with many of the world’s largest…

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Hollgrotten Caves

Not far from Zurich in Switzerland are some pretty caves. Very family friendly this easy day trip is worthy of a visit. Hollgrotten Caves are worth the trip! I am staying in Baar, which is 30 minutes by train from Zurich. My friend has leant me his bike so for me, this is the best…

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