I’m an Athenian

Athens towards Lycabettos

I’m an Athenian. I first came here in 1980. No other city has ever challenged me so much. It’s richly cultural yet abrasive and tumultuous. I’ve had my fair share of love-hate with the ancient Greek capital. My Athenian-born children spent most of their childhoods in Australia. But I keep coming back. So do they. Many visitors […]

High Tea cookbook giveaway

Fancy High Tea

This has nothing to do with travel but everything to do with a cause close to my heart. Breast cancer affects women all over the world. This deadly, insidious disease knows no boundaries. High Tea: 200 Delightful Recipes for Friends and Family is Penguin Australia’s campaign to raise money for the McGrath Foundation to expand their […]

Greek tourism 2014 set to sizzle

Mykonos Greece

Gorgeous Greece expects another bumper season for tourism in 2014, with sporadic civil unrest unlikely to affect visitor numbers. Greece has a long and colourful history of protests and strikes, but these have become progressively fewer over the past 12 months. The pictures of violent protests in international media from downtown Athens understandably make travellers […]

Aussie girl's guide to Delicious Days in Paris

Delicious Days in Paris

WHAT: Delicious Days in Paris by Jane Paech, published by Lantern, an imprint of Penguin Books, $A35. It comprises 14 walking tours to explore the city’s food and culture and where to buy the best goodies. Each chapter is named according to Jane’s favourite foods and drinks – for example Chapter 4 is called Mousse au […]

Chill out and visit Kiama

A Kiama Bay

 Take time to visit Kiama It’s not just about the blowhole and fish ‘n chips.  Kiama has so much more…   VISIT KIAMA CHECKLIST Click the link: Here’s the scoop on Kiama 120km south of Sydney 1.5 hours by car or over 2 hours by train Shops and eateries have seaside resort opening  times and days, so […]