Monday, February 22, 2010

And Bula to you . . .




Just returned from a four-day cruise in Fiji, heading up and around the Yasawa Island group. After a day relaxing at the divine Sofitel hotel on Denarau Island - think pool, foot massage, back massage and gourmet dinner. Then to the marina to hop on board for a stunning Captain Cook Cruise. It is supposed to be the wet season but during the trip only encountered one crazy downpour that lasted for about 40 minutes - then back to sunshine perfect. The sea most of the time was like rolling silk. Eat (quite a lot), sleep (why not) and swim – in so many locations - pristine water, beautiful beaches, and a cave (remember the Blue Lagoon movie! That swim in the cave is in my top ten swims I've had in my life!
We visited a school to meet the kids and donate pens, pencils, books etc. The choir sang, we shed a tear and then the kids showed us around their under resourced school with great pride. They copped a hammering from last year's cyclone and are still trying to pick up the pieces.
If you've forgotten how to have a holiday without TV, email, shopping and frantic hunting and gathering of cultural 'icons', chill out in Fiji with some of the best, and most charming people on earth - Fijians.
Visit: www.captaincook.com.au

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Signs of the times



 It's about to begin, the Winter Olympics 2010! And with Canada being the gracious host for the Games, I thought I would put up a couple of signs from around the town of Whistler - where much of the ski events are being held. Last I heard there was snow being dropped on a mountain close to Vancouver - glad there's no global warming.
Whistler (with heaps of snow) is fantastic - winter or summer. Magnificent countryside, mountains, forests, village and accommodation – it's the buzz whether there's a major event on or not. Do some research and find out for yourself. When you visit, try and stay at the divine Fairmont Hotel in Whistler - the views from the rooms are wonderful. If you are reading this, you probably aren't in Canada - but maybe you are. Visit: www.whistler.com