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Ten cities I would visit again

and again… and again… and again. There are some cities that I just can’t get enough of. It could be for any particular reason: the energy, a lively culinary scene, a spectacular setting, a melting-pot of cultures, history, architecture, a laid-back pace or a mix of everything. These are cities that I would never tire […]

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Ten airports you must book a window seat for

Aisle or window? That’s a question I’m sure many of us are familiar with. I’m a big fan of window seats – you’ll know why if you’ve seen any of my Plane Views posts! Whether you’re an aisle or a window person, here are ten airports you’ll want to book a window seat for (arriving, […]

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Sydney: an Australian Cinderella story

Go about two hundred years back in time and imagine the First Fleet – the eleven British ships crammed with convicts, arriving on Australia’s southeastern coast of the Tasman Sea with the intention of settling a penal colony. Now picture the present-day sparkling metropolis, leader in arts and architecture, encircled by natural parks and shining […]

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Ten incredible bridge walks

I love bridges, from the simple brick-and-mortar and wooden contraptions (I’m not so sure about the rope kind) to the massive engineering marvels with their elegant spans and towering masts. Some cross a simple stream or small creeks whilst others traverse wide rivers, harbours and canyons. It’s always a joy to cross a bridge on […]

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Ten unforgettable city cruises

Some of the most spectacular cities in the world have a sea- or harbour-side setting. Think of Sydney, with its breathtaking harbour; or downtown Vancouver, hemmed in by Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet; New York, Cape Town, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and the list goes on. The best way to really appreciate the beauty […]

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Sydney Opera House

Enchanting spots: Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in the world (in my book). Designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect, the Opera House was built on a spit of land called Bennelong Point that juts into the breathtaking Sydney Harbour. Opened in 1973, the instantly recognisable clam-like structure has become […]

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Plane Views: Sydney Harbour

Sydney is one of the great harbourside cities in the world, ranking alongside my other favourites: San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Seeing Sydney from the air on a clear day is a breathtaking treat. The harbour, with its dozens of inlets, is absolutely magnificent. The views over the city […]

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