Monday, March 29, 2010

Timeless terraces

Do rainy days and Mondays always get you down? Well, today is Tuesday and it's raining in Sydney and it's wonderful. Cooling and cleaning our beautiful city and maybe us Sydneysiders without air-con will get a good night's sleep tonight.
The lovely picture featured today was taken by Emma Simmons ex art director of Get Up & Go, who recently took a trip to China. the image is the cascading rice terraces of Yuanyang. Once again I am reminded that the world indeed is a wondrous place.
Just tidying up the last pages of the autumn edition of Get Up & Go magazine and about to start the next free newsletter - have you signed up yet.Visit

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Just desserts

At a splendid lunch last week for Silversea, media was treated to not only good company and information but to divine food that Sydney always comes up trumps with. Lunch was at Aria at Circular Quay. Matt Moran's restaurant is a fave with Sydneysiders and although the first two courses were brilliant, I go for the desserts all the time. Pictures are the three on the day's menu. NO – I didn't eat them all, just the little meringue tart - but if you are having a malaise day today - look at the pictures, and think about sugar - it will perk you up.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cousin It has left the building

Looking through some pics I took in Canada I came across this shot that was taken not far from Quebec city. This is the house that the Adams Family home was modelled on. Isn't it crazy - but with a couple of cars in the background and it being daylight - it's more benign than spooky.
I've just put a magazine called Discover to bed. This little treasure will be available from all Travellers Choice travel agents - read all about it. One of the featured stories is on the best places to buy food in Paris . . . and talking of Paris, where did you have your best meal there. Did you go to a restaurant, cafe or did you go shopping and have a picnic in your hotel room?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Facebook page for Get Up & Go. . .

Be a stalker – be fan – we have a new facebook page for the magazine with links, dinks and the odd drink. Just kidding. Please become a fan and keep up to date with us and what, where and how we are going.
Search for Get Up & Go - on Facebook – look for the zebra crossing . . .

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Headwear experts

On a lovely little island in the Yasawa's in Fiji, Captain Cook Cruises has a lodge. Outside the door to the main hall/dining room is this cute little fella - reminding visitors that there were once fierce warriors in Fiji who took the odd head or two off enemies. This of course is past history and this chap is a cheap shot at the real thing, just placed here for fun . . . or is it? He looks so familiar! Is it a he, or a she?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Look up . . .

I've had some queries as to where the above (banner) images were taken - look up now! – and they are:
The Buddha images are from Wat Sisaket in Vientiane, Laos. There are 10,139 miniature Buddha statues in the walls of the city's oldest surviving temples; the autumn leaves were taken on a rainy day in Stockholm, Sweden on the grass outside the Vasamuseet, where the miraculously preserved 17th century ship, the Vasa is housed; the arty-farty one is of dead sticks on black sand at the bottom of the volcano in Rabaul, New Guinea; and the other one is looking into the glass prisms of the reflectors at the Smokey Cape Lighthouse, Southwest Rocks, Hat Head National Park mid-north coast New South Wales - you can stay at the assistant keeper's cottage there too.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Vanity flair

Travelling the world and taking pictures is a big part of my job as a writer/editor of a travel magazine. I'm not the best photographer in the world but have learned over the years how to frame a subject and to take the right pictures to suit the theme of a story.
But featuring people is difficult, unless a subject is a model or has prepared themselves for a photo shoot, we don't really cut it as models.
What I really have a problem with is using pictures of myself; most of the time I like to stay well outside the frame - due to excessive vanity on my part - but sometimes I have to jump into the picture. I was given a beautiful day pack by Kathmandu to test drive recently. I took it to Tasmania for the Maria Island bushwalk and gourmet food trip (see previous blog).
the pack was fabulous, light, strong, carried everything I needed and was, full up, very comfortable. So to prove I had carried it I starred in this picture. It has taken me three weeks to gather the courage to post this picture - a Vanity Fair cover? I think not, but vanity with a dash of flair, I'll own up to. Visit: