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Mar032014

Tour/Activity

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Safari from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

My Photos

  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride
  • Dart River Jet Boat Ride

Aug092012

Attraction

Lamma Island

Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I did a day trip on the ferry out to Lamma Island on a recent trip to Hong Kong, and absolutely loved it ! You get away from the madness of HK, and the local restaurants serve up all manner of seafood for lunch.

You can catch a ferry to a couple of spots on the island, we ferried into Sok Kwu Wan, had lunch, then walked along the Lamma Island Family Walk to the other side of the island, and caught the ferry from Yung Shue Wan back to HK. The walk is about 4km, some up hills, and is maybe a couple of hours stroll by the time you allow a few stops along the way. The ferries don't run as often to Sok Kwu Wan as they do to Yung Shue Wan, so by going in this direction, you aren't waiting around for a ferry as long. And it is a great way to walk off lunch !!

Nov172011

Travel Recommendation

Thirsty in Auckland ?

Auckland

My Recommendation Tip

If you are in Auckland, and all that sightseeing is making you thirsty, I can recommend Brew On Quay as a great little pub in downtown Auckland. It's located on Quay St in an old bank building, and they specialise in the many craft beers from the many micro breweries that New Zealand is famous for. Great spot to wet your whistle after a hard days sightseeing and shopping !

Nov172011

Travel Recommendation

The BEST meal I have ever had !

Auckland

My Recommendation Tip

Okay, have to give some BIG wraps here to a fantastic restaurant that I dined at recently in Auckland. Took my wife to Merediths in the suburb of Mt. Eden, and had what would have to be one of the best meals I have ever had. It was a 9 course degustation, every course was brillant, especially their signature dish of duck pate and beet macaroon (melt in your mouth fantastic!). The matching wine course was great as well, very well matched to the food.

Found out that the restaurant recently was voted Best Restaurant in NZ for 2011 as well, and I can certainly see why. Definately better than similar degustation menus I have had at some of the better restaurants in Sydney.

So if you are in Auckland and want to treat yourself to a marvellous meal, I can heartily recommend it. We will be back!

Feb282011

Travel Recommendation

French Wine Tasting

Paris

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Love this recommendation. If you get a chance, wander through any local wine shop in a Parisean suburb, the French love their wine, and you can browse (and buy!) wines from almost any of the wine regions in France. And you can pick up some real bargins too - there is some quite decent wines for just a few Euros. Perfect for that picnic under the Eiffel Tower !

My Photos

  • Wine Shop

Dec072010

Travel Recommendation

Amano Cafe

London

My Recommendation Tip

This is a great little cafe tucked away on Clink St on the South Bank of the Thames, near the Borough Market. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, do great Fairtrade coffee, and the pizzas are absolutely MASSIVE! Very reasonably priced too...

My Photos

  • Amano Cafe

Dec062010

Travel Recommendation

Tintern Abbey

England

My Recommendation Tip

This historic site is just over the English border into Wales. It is a great example of the many ruined sites that you can find around the UK. There is a slight charge to get into the grounds, but it is great to have a wander around one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. I think it was first built around the 11th century.

My Photos

  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tintern Abbey

Dec062010

Travel Recommendation

Getting off the Beaten Island

Tahiti

My Recommendation Tip

So many people when they visit Tahiti and French Polynesia do the main islands - Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Which is great, but if you really want to get off the beaten tourist trail and away from those fancy 5 star resorts, try visiting some of the smaller and more distant islands.

Raiatea and Huahine are good choices, but one of my personal favourites is Tikehau. There is one resort and a village on another atoll, but apart from that, it is all palm trees and crystal clear blue water. The snorkelling is magic !! A great place to drop anchor and not do too much at all for a few days.

My Photos

  • Sunset
  • Pool
  • Tikehau
  • Fish
  • Tikehau

Nov232010

Travel Recommendation

My Favorite Places to Stay in NYC

New York City

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I stayed at the Washington Square Hotel when I was last in New York. Handy to Greenwich Village, and you weren't in the rat race up near Midtown and Times Square.

Nov172010

Travel Recommendation

Amazingly Beautiful 5 star resort - The Racha

Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I agree with Jeff, I stayed here a couple of years ago, over Christmas, and it was the perfect place to relax after traveling around Northern Thailand for a couple of weeks. It was a little pricey, but that was mainly because it was over Christmas. You also get a few day trippers from the mainland who visit the beach during the day, but they are all gone by the time it is Sunset Drinks. A top place to stay, if you are ever passing through Phuket.

My Photos

  • The Racha
  • The Racha
  • The Racha
  • The Racha
  • The Racha
  • The Racha
  • The Racha
  • The Racha
  • The Racha
  • The Racha

Oct122010

Attraction

Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Rotorua

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A visit to the Buried Village of Te Wairoa is like a step back into time. It is a very peaceful setting, wandering around the village which was buried when the Mt Tarawera volcano exploded back in the late 1800's. The museum gives a glimpse of what the village was like, back before the explosion, when it was a thriving community, catering to the tourists in the 1800's which visited the region to see the famous Pink and White Terraces, and to take the 'healing waters'. If you are passing through Rotorua, I reckon it is worth a visit.

My Photos

  • Buried Village of Te Wairoa
  • Buried Village of Te Wairoa
  • Buried Village of Te Wairoa
  • Buried Village of Te Wairoa
  • Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Oct122010

Travel Recommendation

Food & Cooking Tours

Paris

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Food and France go together like Cheese and Wine! When in Paris, I can recommend spending a few hours wandering the local food markets. There is usually one in nearly every neighbourhood, and it gives a great insight as to how the French feel about food, how everything is fresh and seasonal. You can find pretty much everything you need from the fruit and vegetable sellers, butchers, fishmongers, bakers, and most importantly - Cheesemongers !! Grab a baguette, some cheese and some wine, and it makes for a perfect picnic in any of those picture-postcard settings in Paris.

My Photos

  • Food Markets in Paris
  • Food Markets in Paris
  • Food Markets in Paris
  • Food Markets in Paris

Oct112010

Travel Recommendation

Wander the Wellington Waterfront!

Wellington

My Recommendation Tip

Okay, Wellington is not flat! But if you want to get out and about, then I can recommend a stroll, a cycle, or even a roller-blade along Wellington's waterfront. On a good day (when the wind is not blowing a gale), Wellingtonians come out in force, and the waterfront is the place to be seen. You can head out of the city, and around Oriental Bay for some magnificent views of Wellington Harbour. On the weekends, you will come across markets (I can recommend the home-made peanut butter!), and if you want a bite to eat, then there are heaps of restaurants, pubs and cafes in the Shed district of the waterfront, between the city centre and the Te Papa museum. But beware Wellington's weather, it can be four seasons in one day!

My Photos

  • Wellington's Waterfront

Oct112010

Attraction

Thames River

London

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
If you have some spare time in London (and it is a fine day), then I can recommend a stroll along the banks of the Thames. You can see many of London's famous sights on the banks of the Thames (like The London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, The Tate Modern, St Pauls Catherdral - just to name a few). And when your feet get tired from all that walking, you can stop for a pint and a bite to eat at one of the many English pubs that line the river, and just watch the river traffic go by.

My Photos

  • Thames River
  • Thames River
  • Thames River
  • Thames River
  • Thames River
  • Thames River
  • Thames River
  • Thames River
  • Thames River
  • Thames River

Oct072010

Travel Recommendation

Gizzi's Cafe

New York City

My Recommendation Tip

If you are hanging out for a decent cup of coffee when in New York City, and you are down near Greenwich Village, I can recommend Gizzi's Cafe (16 West 8th Street). The staff are friendly, they brew a mean Latte, and their bagels are pretty good too!

Oct072010

Attraction

Greenwich Village

New York City

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I love Greenwich Village! It is a great place to stay (and eat and drink) in New York City, and it doesn't have the madness of the crowds that you get up around Midtown and Times Square. You can spend hours just hanging out in Washington Square Park, watching the world go by. I'll be back!

My Photos

  • Greenwich Village
  • Greenwich Village
  • Greenwich Village
  • Greenwich Village
  • Greenwich Village

Oct072010

Travel Recommendation

Visit an English Pub

England

My Recommendation Tip

There is something unique about an old-fashioned English pub. They exude a charm that is hard to find in a pub in other countries, especially those that are a few centuries old. Whether it is a old pub in the heart of London, or a remote pub in the middle of nowhere in rural England, they all have a history - if only the walls could talk! Most usually come equipped with the local dog sitting in the corner, and a roaring fire if it is the middle of winter. So if you can put up with warm English beer (it does become an acquired taste after a while), I can well recommend spending an afternoon sipping on a pint or three down the local.

My Photos

  • Somewhere in England
  • The Donkey, near Elstead
  • The Woolpack at Elstead
  • The Mill at Elstead
  • The Barley Mow at Tilford

Oct072010

Attraction

Stonehenge

London

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Stonehenge rocks! Literally. I've always wanted to visit Stonehenge, and see this site that is so ancient and mystical. There were quite a few other visitors to the site, and I can recommend getting the audio guide to listen to as you walk around the stones. The only weird thing is that it looks so strange with the road going past it (why it was built so close, I have no idea). I guess the stones were there first...

My Photos

  • Stonehenge
  • Stonehenge
  • Stonehenge
  • Stonehenge
  • Stonehenge

Oct072010

Attraction

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
My visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was really interesting. It was quite busy with lots of visitors, both locals and tourists. I visited at sundown, so managed to see the monks come out and perform one of their ceremonies. There are quite a lot of steps leading up to the temple, but it was well worth it when you got to the top. The only downside was that there was some scaffolding around the golden spire, so I couldn't get that perfect camera shot!

My Photos

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Sep302010

Attraction

Bridge on the River Kwai

Bangkok

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
It's quite a busy little area around the Bridge on the River Kwai, lots of stall holders, selling everything from t-shirts to leathergoods, and yet more t-shirts! The train was quite busy, ended up seated with about a hundred Thai Boy Scouts, who were all having a really good time.

My Photos

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

Sep302010

Attraction

Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

Bangkok

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
A great way to get your bearings in Bangkok is to take a ferry trip along the Chao Phraya River. The ferries are very regular, and cheap, and most of the attractions in Bangkok are within a short walk of most of the ferry stops. Plus it is a great way to see some of the sights, from the water.

My Photos

  • Chao Phraya River
  • Chao Phraya River
  • Chao Phraya River
  • Chao Phraya River
  • Chao Phraya River

Sep302010

Attraction

Grand Palace

Bangkok

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I think the Grand Palace is a must-see experience for every visitor to Bangkok. The buildings and statues are amazing examples of Thai architecture, and you could easily spend a couple of hours wandering the grounds.

My Photos

  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace
  • The Grand Palace

Sep292010

Attraction

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Bangkok

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Man, this is one Big Buddha !! You can see hundreds of Buddhas all around Bangkok, but this one is one of the most visited, because of its sheer size.

My Photos

  • The Reclining Buddha
  • The Reclining Buddha
  • The Reclining Buddha
  • The Reclining Buddha

Sep292010

Attraction

Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
These amazing towers dominate the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. We tried to go up to the skybridge for views across the city (entry is free), but you have to book a time slot, and when we got there, the next available one was 6 hours away. So we gave it a miss. If you do want to go up to the skybridge in the Petronas Towers, I recommend you go very early in the morning and get in quick!

My Photos

  • Petronas Towers
  • Petronas Towers
  • Petronas Towers
  • Petronas Towers

Sep292010

Travel Recommendation

Bordeaux Wine Tours

Bordeaux

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I can thoroughly recommend spending a day in St-Émilion if you are into wine. It's a great little town, very picturesque, and surround by beautiful countryside covered in vineyards. The local wine is not bad either!

My Photos

  • Saint Émilion
  • Saint Émilion
  • Saint Émilion
  • Saint Émilion

Sep292010

Travel Recommendation

Spend a day in the medieval town of Carcassonne

Toulouse

My Recommendation Tip

If you want to see one of the best examples of a typical walled city in the south of France, then I can suggest heading to Carcassonne for the day. The old city sits atop a hill and is a great example of what a walled city used to look like a few centuries ago. You can walk the cobbled streets (along with all the other many visitors), and visit the little galleries, or have lunch at a typical restaurant. A great day out if you want to explore the surrounding countryside around Toulouse.

My Photos

  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne

Sep272010

Travel Recommendation

Have lunch at a bouchon in Lyon

Lyon

My Recommendation Tip

Lyon is famous for its bouchons, restaurants that serve traditional Lyonnaise cuisine. You can select a 'menu du jour', which is usually 3 courses, and a 'pot' of the local wine is usually quite a good drop. You won't be able to shop, anyway, all the locals will have shut up shop for lunch!

My Photos

  • Bouchons in Lyon
  • Bouchons in Lyon

Sep272010

Attraction

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

Lyon

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
You get great views across the city of Lyon when visiting the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière. Catch the Funicular train from the Old Town up the hill - it is pretty steep!

My Photos

  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière
  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

Sep262010

Travel Recommendation

How to Do Paris like a Local

Paris

My Recommendation Tip

Here's my tip on how to make the most of your trip to Paris - don't rush it! Do you ever get the feeling that sometimes you get somewhere and rush around visiting all the must-see sights, and don't get a chance to take a breath? Well, in Paris, I recommend maybe spend the morning visiting some of the sights, maybe take in a museum. But then make like a Parisean for the rest of the day, and spend a couple of hours lingering over a long lunch. In the afternoon, you can spend hours in a cafe just people-watching, Paris is that sort of city. Is there any big rush to tick off another tourist sight? After all, it'll probably still be there when you visit Paris the next time....

My Photos

  • Another afternoon in Paris

Sep262010

Attraction

Musée d'Orsay

Paris

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The Musée d'Orsay is a very different museum to the famous Louvre, as the artworks in the Musée d'Orsay are of a much more modern era. So you see more modern paintings and sculptures which you just don't get in the Louvre. I really enjoyed visiting this museum.

My Photos

  • The Musée d'Orsay

Sep262010

Attraction

River Seine

Paris

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
If you get a chance, try to take a boat trip on the River Seine. It gives you a different perspective on Paris, as you sit back and watch all the buildings go by. The carvings and statues on all the bridges are a work of art as well. Like any boat trip, it is always busy on a sunny day!

My Photos

  • The River Seine
  • The River Seine
  • The River Seine
  • The River Seine
  • The River Seine
  • The River Seine
  • The River Seine
  • The River Seine

Sep262010

Attraction

Louvre

Paris

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Loved the Louvre! If you are going to go, I recommend taking a guided tour in the morning, they can guide you through to a few of the highlights, such as the Mona Lisa, and after the tour is finished, you can remain in the museum to wander at your leisure. Bear in mind though, that the Louvre is sooo big, it would take you weeks and weeks to see absolutely everything.

My Photos

  • The Louvre
  • The Louvre
  • The Louvre
  • The Louvre

Sep262010

Attraction

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

Paris

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
If you are going to visit the Sacré-Coeur, I suggest you do it early in the day. The crowds can get quite big. However, once you are there, you get the most magnificent views across the Paris skyline. And make sure you go for a wander around the back streets around the Sacré-Coeur, it is typical Paris!

My Photos

  • The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur
  • The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur
  • The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur
  • The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur
  • The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur
  • The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur

Sep262010

Attraction

Avenue des Champs-Elysées

Paris

My Photos

  • The Champs-Elysées

Sep262010

Attraction

Eiffel Tower

Paris

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris when the Rugby World Cup was on in 2007. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and seeing the iconic tower was just great. There was a huge inflatable rugby ball suspended from underneath the tower at the time, due to the World Cup.

My Photos

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Eiffel Tower

Sep202010

Attraction

Tate Modern

London

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
I visited the Tate Modern back in 2007, and thought it was pretty good. The exhibition that was on at the time was a simple crack in the concrete floor that ran from one end of museum to the other on the lower floor - whilst the crack itself wasn't that spectacular, I spent ages watching the reactions of all the other visitors to the crack - that was the highlight of the visit.

My Photos

  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Modern

Sep132010

Attraction

Hunter Valley

Sydney

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
If you like big bold red wines, the Hunter Valley is it! I try to get up to the Hunter Valley once or twice a year (to stock up the wine cellar!). There are so many wineries in the Hunter Valley, it is hard to know where to start... My personal favourite is Saddlers Creek Wines, on Marrowbone Rd - I'm such a fan, I've been a member of their wine club for about the last 9 years.

My Photos

  • The cabins

Sep082010

Travel Recommendation

The 2011 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand

My Recommendation Tip

A quick word of warning if you are planning to visit New Zealand in September and October 2011 - Book Early !! The 2011 Rugby World Cup is being held in New Zealand from 09 September to 23 October 2011, so accommodation and transport will be at a premium as thousands of rugby fans will be visiting.

My Photos

  • Rugby
  • Rugby
  • Rugby
  • Rugby

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