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Sri Lanka – land of husbands, saris and sapphires

Adventure, CITY, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, STAY, Travel

(a pre-covid memory)

Colombo Skyline in Sri Lanka Image by Shutterstock and saiko3p

I am one of those females who loves organising other people’s lives – call me manipulative if you must – but I just know when two people would be perfect for each other – even if they don’t know it. So if a friend breaks up with their partner, they know where to come. Unfortunately there have been, well, quite a few disasters in my match making career – one of the most recent involving a stump grinder and a tree surgeon but that’s another story.

A hidden guest house in Byron Bay

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, STAY, Travel
Byron Bay Surf Image by Daniel Resnik

Daniel Resnik finds a luxurious guest house in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is located on the far north eastern corner of NSW. Surrounded by some of the cleanest surf waves in Australia, it’s bordered by lush farms and hinterland. It’s also home to Australia’s most Eastern point, made iconic by the ‘Cape Byron Lighthouse’.

The Romance of Italy’s Cinque Terre

EARTH, Regions, STAY, Swim, Travel
Views of Italy’s Cinque Terre Image by Shutterstock

If you need to breathe romance back into an ailing relationship, there is nowhere more romantic than Italy’s Cinque Terre, a cluster of five villages on the Ligurian coast. Think picture postcard terraces in muted pastels built into rock facing out onto the deep blues of the Italian Mediterranean.

The Angel of Islington

CITY, STAY, Travel
Christmas at the Islington Hobart Tasmania Image courtesy of The Islington

The smoke rises from the charring wood. I put my feet on the polished concrete hearth to take the clichéd selfie not of bare feet with finely painted toe nails on a sandy beach but of booted feet toasting in front of the burning log fire.

The Angel of Islington

Acropolis WOW!

CITY, STAY, Travel
Evening at the Grande Bretagne, Athens Image courtesy of Marriott Hotels

The King George is one of the only two places to stay when you are in Athens, the second is it’s brother property right next door, the Grand Bretagne. As the name suggests, the King George is a former royal residence. Standing in the heart of Athens, the views across to the Acropolis will be stamped in your memory forever. Its long luxurious history boasts guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Maria Callas. With guests like that it’s no wonder its location is just five minutes from the bustling nightlife of Plaka and Agia Irinis’s Square. Then of course there are the high end shopping, the Monastiraki flea market, the national landmarks and the National Gardens.

Acropolis WOW!

Let them eat cake and scones and clotted cream

Regions, STAY, Travel
The Brimstone at night Image courtesy of The Brimstone Hotel

Let them eat cake and scones and clotted cream

Tweed clad hosts who do it all are the first physical contact one has with the Brimstone if arriving by train. These hosts are real live Dobbies (except with their own socks) lighting your fire, delivering you breakfast in bed, making dinner reservations and letting you in on all the best hidden gems of walking trails.