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Gallery: Egypt

EGYPT | Saturday, 24 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Valley of the Kings

EGYPT | Monday, 19 May 2008 | Views [1172]

Public transport from isolated diving camps in the desert of southern Egypt is understandably pretty scarce. So all things considered, I think we did pretty well to get to Luxor at all. The story goes like this: 10pm Tuesday - get in clapped out old ... Read more >

The Red Sea without the diver soup

EGYPT | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Views [724]

Forget the endless stream of day boats clogging up the dive sites at Sharm. For the entire time we were diving the Fury Shoals at Wadi Lahami we shared the water with no more than 5 other divers! We basically had the entire resort to ourselves too! It ... Read more >

Walk like an Egyptian

EGYPT | Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | Views [957]

Egypt is a land of package tourists. Which is both good and bad for us independent travellers. Good at the airport when the ENTIRE plane lined up at their tour operator's booth, and we got to stroll up to the visa counter and money exchange counter, ... Read more >

Chateaux and Tapestry

FRANCE | Thursday, 8 May 2008 | Views [791]

Best things about the Loire Valley: Pretty trees and woodlands Gorgeous, sumptuous castles - this is where all the fairytales are set. Sleeping Beauty lives here! (Truly - her castle is called La Belle au Bois Dormante). Chenonceau and Chambord were ... Read more >

Provence to Perigord

FRANCE | Monday, 5 May 2008 | Views [2043]

The French countryside in spring is an beautifully lush place to spend some time. We really couldn't have picked a better time to do a road trip. It was sunny, warm and still when we set out from Cannes, and that was the way it stayed for the next 10 ... Read more >


FRANCE | Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | Views [795] | Comments [1]

So the time has come to move on... We have two more days living in Cannes. We've been here for seven months and it's been our base while we've been working and travelling. And I'm really surprised at how unsettling it is to have to uproot! Seven months' ... Read more >

Gallery: Morocco

FRANCE | Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

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MOROCCO | Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | Views [6329]

Imagine a beauty salon/theraputic massage African style. That is a hammam. And that is my most enduring memory of my trip to Morocco with Mum and Dad. Well, it is right up there with Mum on a camel, a sandstorm in the Sahara desert and goats in the trees ... Read more >

The Morocco Express

MOROCCO | Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | Views [1278]

Marrakech had the same frenzied and laid back vibe that I felt in India. Stall holders followed us through the souk trying to close a deal on stuff we'd only glanced at. Bright colours eminated from everywhere: the amazing range of lamps, hand woven ... Read more >

No passports and we fly today!!

FRANCE | Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | Views [7135] | Comments [1]

Forget a wave of relief, the morning of the day we left for Morocco with Lyn and Alan it was more like a tsunami. We sent our passports to the Syrian embassy in Paris four weeks before then. The embassy states that it takes ten days to get a visa.   ... Read more >

Barcelona - The Easter Roadtrip

SPAIN | Saturday, 29 Mar 2008 | Views [1929]

"What are you doing this weekend?... want to go to Barcelona?!" At home in NZ such a proposal wouldn't even register on the feasibility meter, but here in the south of France it was an offer that we couldn't refuse. For the trip we were joined ... Read more >


ITALY | Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | Views [717]

Venice on a winter's night is a misty moonlit maze. Thanks to James and his map skills, we negotiated our way to Rialto Bridge and the warm room that was waiting for us, with a canal view to boot. We continued the walking theme of our trip, and took ... Read more >

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ITALY | Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | Views [1582]

After a very early wake up call in Florence, we set out for Cinque Terre on the 7am train. This is a gorgeous National Park in the North of Italy's Western coast. There are five tiny old villages in between the hills which are only connected by train.... Read more >

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Gallery: Italy

ITALY | Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Shopping up a storm in Florence

ITALY | Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | Views [741]

When I arrived in Florence I had no intention of buying a leather jacket. "Come into my shop and have a look. Just for fun," said a beaming shop keeper... you can see where this is going. End result: after some 'skillful' negotiation, I am ... Read more >

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Chilling in Roma

ITALY | Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | Views [632]

That's chilling as in cold, not chilling as in taking it easy. Despite heading a good distance closer to the Equator, Rome was much more wintery than the benign climate we have been enjoying on the Cote D'Azur. With only four days and a long list of ... Read more >

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Bonne Annee!

FRANCE | Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | Views [1155]

Happy New Year! I would like to point out that I am still in my mid-twenties, and the same can no longer be said for my 27 year old husband (although he argues otherwise!) We've finally got a bit of a routine going in France. It's wonderful to have ... Read more >

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Full on Festive Season

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | Views [651]

After a three month stint in France, we headed back to the Isle of Wight for Christmas and New Year to restock the travelling slush fund. Coming from the evergreen Cote D'Azur, England looked decidedly bleak, if not a tad depressing as our train rolled ... Read more >

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C'est beau la vie

MONACO | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | Views [966]

The last few weeks have brought us lots of good times and a few crappy times. The good times include: ** a great weekend away in a wee town near Le Val in the Var. We went to stay with Tali (a Swede/American) who's having a stint as a primary school ... Read more >

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