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My first ever solo trip, at age 14, from Sydney to Melbourne. This photo was taken in Canberra.

My favourite travel memories

I was bitten by the travel bug at a very young age. My first overseas trip was at age 7 (to Hong Kong) and the tally now stands at 88 countries (as at January 2019) across six continents. That equals quite a few terabytes of memory I guess! The breadth and depth of the travel […]

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Charming Amersfoort

Amersfoort is a historic city, less than an hour’s drive (or a train ride) from Amsterdam (map). It’s a charming medieval city with picturesque canals, old city walls and quaint houses. I guess because of its medieval history and architecture, Amersfoort sometimes reminds me of its more famous medieval sister, Bruges (in Belgium), though it’s […]

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Plane views: Athens

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Home to world famous historic monuments such as the Acropolis, Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities and is widely regarded as the cradle of Western civilisation. Athens also gave us the concept of democracy – in Greek, ‘demos’ means people and ‘kratia’ translates as […]

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Modena in two days

Modena is an ancient town in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy (map), smack in between its more famous sisters Bologna and Parma (both less than an hour away). The town lies in the heart of what is known as Italy’s Motor Valley, the home of famous automotive brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. […]

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The Avalon Waterways Impression ship I sailed on.

Why I loved Avalon Waterways excursions

Avalon Waterways is a river cruise company with a fleet of ‘Suite Ships’ that ply the major rivers in Europe and Asia. Not a fan of (ocean) cruises, I went on my first river cruise several years ago and I was hooked! Recently, I was introduced to Avalon Waterways and I joined their Active & […]

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Drive up to Le Maïdo for jaw-dropping views of Cirque de Mafate and Piton de Neiges.

The best of Reunion Island – guide and itinerary

Réunion Island is located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of the island nation of Mauritius. Known for Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and its breathtaking mountains and calderas, Réunion Island is home to an incredible diversity of landscapes and micro-climates, a melting pot […]

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Inside the impressive courtyard of the monastery.

The treasures of St. Florian Monastery

One of the highlights of my Danube river cruise with Avalon Waterways was a visit to the St. Florian Monastery (or Stift Sankt Florian in German) in Upper Austria. Located in the town of Sankt Florian (map) near Linz, this Augustinian monastery can trace its history back to the 9th century A.D. I’d not heard […]

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Cruising the Danube with Avalon Waterways.

A Danube River cruise with Avalon Waterways

A river cruise is something I previously didn’t consider as a means to travel and explore a place – the idea of being stuck on a ship with hundreds of other people and visiting places fleetingly didn’t sound appealing to me. That changed when I decided to give it a try several years ago. I […]

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A view of the Junior Suites from the pool. My suite was on the upper floor in the far right.

A piece of paradise at Constance Prince Maurice

“Welcome to Constance Prince Maurice!”, exclaimed the driver as we turned off the main road. I had just arrived in Mauritius and was met by Kamal. He led me to the resort’s limousine and as I stepped in, I found a set of cold towels, bottled water, juices, reading materials and macarons. Nice! I was […]

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Street art in Reunion Island

Reunion is an island of contrasts: from the fiery temperament of Piton de la Fournaise (one of the world’s most active volcanoes) to tranquil lagoons, and from barren Mars-like landscapes to lush tropical vegetation. Most visitors to this French island in the Indian Ocean come to enjoy its jaw-dropping scenery but one other attraction for […]

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The view from Freiblick Tagescafé.

My weekend in Graz

Graz is the second-largest city in Austria yet, for many travellers, relatively unknown as a place to visit. Located about a 2.5 hour drive or train ride southwest of Vienna, Graz (map) is a gorgeous city that holds two distinct titles: a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as a UNESCO City of Design. On […]

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