Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sticky date pudding from Lucas Estate Stanthorpe Qld - Yum

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Louise (above with Muscat dog), whose vineyard and winery Lucas Estate is run by four fantastic women and only a few days ago picked up a couple more medals to add to the winery's awards - Gold medals that is! Congrats to Louise, clever clogs and her team and the famous Muscat winery dog. After a lunch of baked ricotta and salad I followed up with the sticky date pudding and homemade ice cream at the estate's cafe. Damn good too. Visit:

Monday, October 19, 2009

Spring fever

Spring fever

It's all happening – the new travel brochures are being launched for 2010. Yesterday I joined the Insight Vacations people to have a lovely lunch at Pier Restaurant in Sydney's Rose Bay (divine seafood) and to hear what's on the menu for next year. Top news is the 'Select' program for independent minded travellers. Choose an orientation tour in each city or a range of 'Experience' packages. This is flexible and fun. More information from
The picture here is of Brian and Wynne Eldridge, winners of the 2008 Get Up & Go award for most the adventurous traveller (60 years and over). Brian and Wynne are enjoying their prize trip to India. In the summer edition of the magazine (out end of December) we'll publish Brian's memories of this fantastic trip. What super troupers they are.
And something to ponder on this week: the Aussie dollar against the US$, buy a few bucks now - it's at an excellent rate. Buy while high, I say! And a trip to the US will be cheap, cheap, cheap.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Get Up & Go spring edition

Get Up & Go has a spring in its step. This issue has had an elegant makeover, is full of enticing and inspiring stories and takes you around the world and around every state in Australia. The magazine's website has had an extreme makeover so it's easy to navigate, full of excellent information and fun to read. And check out the special deals. New subscribers can win a trip to Beijing, China and readers can win a holiday to New Zealand – so enter now! I love all the stories in this issue but am partial to the odd location – and Gnomesville in Western Australia is very odd, read page 51 and raise your eyebrows!
Happy travels.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Free range chooks

This picture was taken outside the Kangaroo Cafe in Hanoi (excellent food), and I thought this was going to be the answer to: 'why did the chickens cross the road? I still don't know, they crossed the road, and went their separate ways. Perhaps it's best we don't know.
Hanoi will be celebrating its 1000th year birthday in 2010, so start planning your trip now. In the upcoming Get Up & Go magazine, there's a story on Hanoi – enjoy!