The San Francisco CityPass is a fabulous way to save money and visit some of the areas top attractions in a short space of time, especially if you are travelling with children. The passes cost $94 (c. £72) for adults and $74 (c.£57) for children. Buying a citypass saves you approximately 43% on the cost… Continue reading San Francisco City Pass
ENRICHMENT BEYOND EXPECTATION It's funny how sometimes you set your expectations really high, only to be disappointed, whilst other times you can have fairly low expectations and find yourself completely blown away - well the latter was my experience of our most recent cruise aboard Holland America Line ship MS Maasdam. I chose this cruise… Continue reading Review of Holland America Lines transpacific cruise aboard MS Maasdam, Auckland to San Francisco.
You don't have to be in Tonga many minutes to understand exactly why Captain Cook named these 'The Friendly Islands'. The welcome of the Tongan people is warm, genuine and loving from the moment you step foot on the land. Today our cruise ship docked in Nuku'Alofa, one of two Tongan islands we will visit… Continue reading Tonga – The Friendly Islands
Excursion on the Kuranda Sky Rail.Once again the weather put a little bit of a dampener on our latest excursion, but not on our spirits. Yesterday were due to travel by train to the village of Kuranda and return on the sky rail. Having somewhat of a phobia of heights I was secretly hoping that… Continue reading Rain, Rails and Rainforest
There are many things we can control in life, unfortunately the weather is not one of them! Northern Australia was hit by a couple of bad cyclones last week and whilst we have never been directly in their path they have still left some strong winds and heavy rain in their wake. I have been… Continue reading The Great Barrier Reef (Its not always how the travel brochures show it!)
Australia Zoo has to possibly be the most famous zoo in the world now, primarily made famous by the legend that was the late, great Steve Irwin. I have long been a fan of Steve's from the early days of watching Crocodile Hunter and thinking "who the hell is this crazy guy" but quickly getting… Continue reading AUSTRALIA ZOO – The legend and the legacy.
Excursion Review of the 1 Day Tour to Featherdale Park, Blue Mountains & Parramatta River Cruise. Booked with http://www.fjtours.com.au There seem to be lots of tours out of Sydney to the Blue Mountains so it's hard to know who to go with but when I picked up a leaflet for FJ Tours which combined… Continue reading Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park
Excursion review of the original 'Home & Away' tour to 'Summer Bay' booked via: http://www.goexploreos.com Although I in fact watch very little T.V. I do have to confess that my daily dose of the Australian soap opera 'Home & Away' is my guilty secret! I have watched it from the very first episode, which I… Continue reading Home and Away ‘Summer Bay’ excursion
Sydney Opera House - iconic the world over. You don't even have to have stepped foot on the continent of Australasia to recognise it. I first recall seeing pictures of the Sydney Opera House when I was about 5yrs old, not pictures of it in all of its glory as it stands now but pictures… Continue reading Sydney Opera House Tour
The Cambridge Hotel - Riley St, Surry Hills, Sydney.It's not just the room either - The pool is minging!! 🤮 Coming to Sydney was really important to me, there is a lot of family history and emotional links here to my late brother which make it more of a pilgrimage than a holiday! It was… Continue reading The worst hotel room ever!