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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi March 13th 2018

Who is on this trip: The writer - Mother/Organiser/Travel ‘Project’ Manager/Sponsor/Financial Controller. Referred to as: Me, myself or I The husband – referred to as: himself/Dad/hubby/the man The daughter – referred to as: the girl/7yo/princess/whinger/puker/punk/card sharp The son – referred to as: the boy/5yo/boy wonder/whinger/puker/punk/ card sharp Itinerary: Sydney-Delhi (for city break)–(Main trip Kerala state) : Cochin/Kochi– Alleppey/Alapuzha- Kollam/Quilon-Varkala- Thekaddy-Munnar-Cochin/Kochi-Delhi-Sydney Dates: 20 Dec 2017- 10 Jan 2018 Season in India: Winter Average temps: 17-30 degrees Exchange rate to AUD: 46-50 rupees per $1aud Day 1 Getting there Flight 12.5 hour flight from Sydney to Delhi (after 2 trains over approx. 90 mins) Thankful... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi November 14th 2017

I booked the Crowne Plaza Kochi hotel thinking I had picked free cancellation option - for 3 nights over the Christmas period - apparently I was sorely mistaken. Unfortunately I had to book 2 rooms as there are no family suites which is why I was looking for free cancellation option. Now that I have found something else that suits our needs better with young children, I have tried to cancel but am being hit with not 1 but 2 cancellation fees. Both rooms x1 night. I selected the waive option in to no avail. I have also contacted the hotel via explaining my mistake and offering to pay for 1 room for the first night. No dice. It's like as if it's not peak holiday season & they won't be able to re-sell ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala November 14th 2017

7 Oct 17 Setup flight monitor prices on Skyscanner 30 Oct 17 Book flights (Going with air India direct from Sydney 12.5 hours cause life to too short to mess around in KL with cheapo airlines). 31 Oct Book dog boarding 4 Nov read guide book & blogs 5 Nov work out itinerary 6 Nov Passport interview for 1 expired pp 6 Nov Book internal flights (Chose Vistara cause again life too short for budget airlines with their b.s. extras) After more research 6 Nov Book Delhi hotel 6 Nov Buy travel insurance 7 Nov Book Kochi hotel 7 Nov Book Varkala hotel 8 Nov Book Thekaddy hotel 8 Nov Book Munnar hotel 8 Nov Book Kochi last night hotel 9 Nov Book Aleppey hotel 9 Nov attempt to cancel one hotel in Kochi as found ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney June 28th 2015

Geo: -33.8679, 151.20772/96 HOURS IN SYDNEY WHY GOSydney is capital city of the state of New South Wales, and is the jewel city in the southern hemisphere crown with its beautiful opera house and Harbour Bridge.It's a very walkable city, with the CBD stretching from Circular Quay in the north to Central Station in the south (around 40 minutes' walk between the two). There are plenty of public transport options although it could not be accused of being a particularly cycle friendly city but that is trying to change despite the lack of support from main stream media, access to the water is from circular quay and there are many places accessible from there. WHEN TO GOThe seasons are fairly obedient with Summer being December – February and can be sticky, Autumn is March- May and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney June 22nd 2015

Geo: -33.8679, 151.207Met my mum & sister for afternoon tea or in my case G&T. Checked-in with much bureaucracy. Watched a black & white movie "Young Frankenstein" while the girls out, and admired a great sunset, had cocktails in the disappointing altitude bar on 36th floor, went for amazing dinner in Aria on other side of quay. Champers back in the window seats in the room with the view of both opera house & bridge (& Cahill expressway but hey). Watched a late night tv show about Salman Rushde which the girls fell asleep to. Amazing sunrise at 6:40. Bountiful breakfast & check out.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane June 13th 2015

Geo: -27.4676, 153.02872 Hours in Brisbane (sans children)WHY GOBrisbane/Brissie/Brisvegas is capital city of the state of Queensland, it has grown a lot in the past decade and has a lot offer gastro and arts wise.A few of my Aussie friends thought it was strange choice but then I remind then I'm European and city breaks is definitely one of our things!It's an amazingly pedestrian and cycle friendly city, access to the water is refreshing and the use of the river for public transport is great.WHEN TO GO?I am told August is an ideal month to visit the Sunshine State, with an average top temperature of 24C in Brisbane; but we went in June because we had a benevolent grandmother who wanted to take her grand-children off our hands! (We did try in go in February as ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales May 1st 2015

Geo: -31.9294, 151.689Barrington tops organic retreat for a big birthday with the nuclear family. Good array of animals including leeches! Rained ALL weekend. Plenty of good food & wine & rain gear :)... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore February 19th 2015

Geo: -28.8127, 153.279Point Clare-Coffs- Nimbin-Lismore tried to go to Brisbane - turned back to hunter valley via johns river.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Bowral October 28th 2010

Geo: -34.4778, 150.418So I started a diet on Monday and went away for the first weekend in ages on Friday. I love to travel and been all over the world but my weight always goes mental when I am not at home, I once gained a kilo a week in India for 10 weeks, Delhi belly my fat ass! You know how people say "I always lose weight on holidays" well I'd love to know how unless they go on Retreats, to Health Farms or to the 'Bangkok Hitlon'. Holidays, for me, are about living it up, enjoying some good food, drinking some good wine, embibing the culture and seeing lots of things, oh and shopping. I am a big walker -God knows what size I'd be without that- and seeing the sights on foot is ... read more

Europe » Ireland August 23rd 2010

Geo: 53.206, -9.04175 Dublin Galway, Sligo, Roscommon, Electric Picnic So my sister moved to Ireland in April after 13 yrs in Australia but moved back to Oz in Sept as they tried to buy a bar in Dublin for 7 mths and did due diligence on 4 and had more than reasonable funds but everyone is living in la la land and thinks their pubs are worth the artifiical mad high price of 7 yrs ago. Plus theres this new government thing NAMA that is sucking up the toxic debts so bizarrely its better for the owners to hold onto to the pubs and pretend they are worth 10 times more than they are than actually sell. Sick. The country is fecked now. Looks good though esp Dublin docklands and motorways all the way Dub - ... read more

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