Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Los Angeles - wow!

I'm in Los Angeles attending an amazing travel trade show called Pow Wow - there are buyers for American product from all over the world here. Buyers are travel business buying rooms, packages, experiences for their company's clients, they come to America on behalf of international companies. There are 500 media here - including me. We get to walk around and met various people from every facet of American travel experiences - and it's fascinating. The events put on at night are spectacular - the entire Universal Studious turned over to 6000 of us! Oh, what a night. Tonight will be bigger still - Earth, Wind and Fire will be playing for us . . .as we party to mucho fab music and eat Wofgang Puck's food, we'll thanks LA for showing us a good time.
I did a hop-on-hop-off tour for two hours yesterday around LA with Starlight Tours - I thoroughly recommend the tour group.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 - the Year to Visit Britain

Only 100 days to go before the beginning of the London Olumpic Games - and us Sydneyites, proud of our Games - wish them well and a great success.
But besides that - there are 100 GREAT anniversary reasons to visit Britain this year - here are the first 10:
1. Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne -
2. Bond is 50 - he doesn't look it but Britain's dashing secret agent makes it to half a century this coming October in Skyfall.
3. Dickens is 200 and the museum of London recreates Victorian London to celebrate.
4. Shakespeare is 400 - double the age of Dickens. Britain is going Bard crazy with the World Shakespeare Festival inviting over 60 theatre companies to perform in myriad languages; Visit which presents 37 plays in 37 days in 37 languages.
5. The Sandwich is 250 - it was invented in Britain.
6. The Titanic sank 100 years ago. Belfast's new museum is the toast of the town - see the interactive displays and breathtaking recreation of the ship's dining room.
7. The Beatles released their first single 50 years ago - yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah . . .
8 The craziest take on the Olympics, the Cotswold Olympicks began the same year that Shakespeare was born in 1612. Madcap sports events make it one of Britains quirkiest attractions.
9. The Science Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, a pioneering computer scientist.
10. 40 years ago the musical Grease opened on Broadway - whats that got to do with Britain you ask? Leed's castle, a majestic attraction will screen the hit film as part of its Jubilee festivities.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fall in love with autumn Get Up & Go

Get Up & Go autumn issue is full of the best ideas for fantastic travels. Want a romantic holiday? Tour the elegant Champagne region of France and taste the good stuff along the way - follow our lead!
We have a wonderful story on Chile's High Plains - a special part of South America, and we give the lowdown on the best of Buenos Aires! John Olsen, the much admired Australian artist talks travel and for fans of Downton Abbey - well, we go to the location, castle and all!
If you haven't visited Greece for a long time there's a magnificent new museum to tour - the New Acropolis Museum - poli kala!
If there's a golfer in your holiday party then we show you Ireland's leisure links and if your way is the cruising way - then jump on a ship for China or Russia - we've got the tickets! There are many stories to involve you and inspire you - Korea, China, Brunei, cambodia . . .and more.
We always have substantial competitions in Get Up & Go, but this issue we give you something bigger than Ben Hur! Bill Peach Journeys, by private plane to see the best of Australia from land, sea and air are the most desired trips in this country. And we are offering a competition for someone to win the Great Australian Aircruise - valued at $27,990 - so, enter the competition for the chance to WIN. And while you're there subscribe for mum or a friend for Mother's Day - or for that matter any day! Happy reading. Visit: www

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A right royal QM2

The Queen Mary 2 - here are some interesting facts about the big boned gal!
Can hold 2600 passengers and 1250 crew, more than the population of Daylesford (Victoria) at 3460;
has a maximun speed of 30 knots or 55km/h; Four ocomotives side by side could fit in Queen Mary 2's massive funnel, which is 13.4m by 6.7m at its widest ppoint;
the ship's engines produce enough thrust to launch a jumbo jet; there are 1310 staterooms with Wi-Fi; there's a six-storey Grand Lobby;
the library (pictured)

is the largest at sea (8000 books;
1858 sqm spa spans two decks with 24 treatment rooms; three-deck high main dining room spans the full width of the ship and has a sweeping staircase - and there are 700 scones served at high tea each afternoon.
Read all about my cruise on the Queen Mary 2 - a short cruise but long on luxury.