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Tours

  • Spectacular Sunrise Photography Tour of Matera, Italy

    Spectacular Sunrise Photography Tour of Matera, Italy

    Oct 28, 2013 Italy

    It was after our rather disappointing discoveries in Pompeii that we followed Erin’s parents blindly to the next overnight spot they had chosen, Matera.

  • 10 Things To Do In Dublin With Kids

    10 Things To Do In Dublin With Kids

    Oct 28, 2013 Ireland

    Erin was gone. It was just Miss 4 and Mr 3 with me for 3 whole days. No sweat, I was a very capable, hands-on dad. But this time it was different. I was in a brand new city, a new country, and didn’t know anyone and didn’t know where to go or what to do. …

  • A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Prelude

    A Travelling Mum Without Her Family In Ireland: Prelude

    Oct 28, 2013 Ireland

    I didn’t know it would be like this. I pottered around my room, turning over a brochure on the table, playing with the lamp fringe, blowing my hair out my face. I toddled over to the table for some chocolate and water, reading the thank you card from the …

  • Pompeii: World Renown Ancient Town Gets A Thumbs Down

    Pompeii: World Renown Ancient Town Gets A Thumbs Down

    Oct 27, 2013 Italy

    The ground rumbled, the sky grew dark and a cloud of white-hot ash flowed vertically out of the majestic mountain before collapsing down the slopes scorching everything in sight. Houses were engulfed. Anyone who escaped the heat was gradually suffocated b…

  • It’s Been A Long Time Between Hugs & Dining In Civitavecchia

    It’s Been A Long Time Between Hugs & Dining In Civitavecchia

    Oct 26, 2013 Italy

    When you have a flight leaving Turkey and heading to Italy, it could be considered exciting. But I wasn’t flying to Italy. I was flying into my parent’s arms. Take joy in my happy reunion and check out our stay in Civitavecchia, Italy.

  • Aven Armand: The French Cave With The Biggest…

    Aven Armand: The French Cave With The Biggest…

    Oct 22, 2013 France

    We were sitting around having dinner one night when Mia presented us with a bunch of tourist brochures, a majority of them in French. One of them caught my eye; it was a cave system in France. Seeing as our last cave experience in Puerto Rico was such a l…

  • Save Big Dollars With Car Leasing In Europe

    Save Big Dollars With Car Leasing In Europe

    Oct 17, 2013 Italy

    As I gazed over the cliff from the driver seat of my Citroen car I could feel the breeze pulling my hair and smell the salty sea air through the open window. Amalfi Coast may have been a challenge, but it certainly was a challenge I was glad I accepted.

  • You Haven’t Eaten Real Italian Food Until You Have Eaten This

    You Haven’t Eaten Real Italian Food Until You Have Eaten This

    Oct 14, 2013 Italy

    It was 2001. I was 20 years old and Italy was cheese pizza and the occasional pasta. The food was an absolute let down after my love of everything Italian had brought me so far. Italy was still by far my most favourite place in the world, but its food was…

  • We Found Little Britain In Oludeniz, Turkey

    We Found Little Britain In Oludeniz, Turkey

    Oct 8, 2013 Turkey

    If our previous stay in Alacati was the hidden gem that only locals know, then Oludeniz is the unhidden gem that all the British know about. I don’t think we’ve seen so many folks from the UK (outside Australia), than in this one town. Blimey!

  • 2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia, Turkey: Day 1

    2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia, Turkey: Day 1

    Oct 1, 2013 Turkey

    The reputation of Cappadocia, Turkey as one of this planet’s most beautiful regions is not without merit. Here is day 1 of our tour through nature's wonderland. Including Imagination Valley, Hermit Valley, Underground Cities, Ceramic Art & one big bloody…

  • Italy

    Italy

    Sep 18, 2013 Destinations

    When I first visited in 2001 Italy was my favourite country. Could it live up to this standard on my return? Visiting Italy with my kids and my parents. We hope you enjoy!

  • Gallivanting on the Golan Heights

    Gallivanting on the Golan Heights

    Aug 6, 2013 Israel

    On our second day in Nazareth we decided to do the popular Golan Heights tour. This included popular Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Banias Nature Reserve, Mount Bental & the Sea of Galilee- where Jesus (I couldn't) walked on water.

  • Jaw Dropping History: Our Journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem

    Jaw Dropping History: Our Journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem

    Aug 5, 2013 Israel

    A cliffside monastery, 5000+ year old ruins and pink domed churches. All in a day when travelling the hop-on-hop-off Nazareth to Jerusalem.

  • Cruising the Coast: Jerusalem to Nazareth

    Cruising the Coast: Jerusalem to Nazareth

    Aug 3, 2013 Israel

    It’s not everyday we get to sit back and relax on a long drive. Our Hop On Hop Off journey from Jerusalem to Nazareth.

  • Nimrod’s Fortress & The Little-Known Life of Jews: Weekend In The Kibbutz

    Nimrod’s Fortress & The Little-Known Life of Jews: Weekend In The Kibbutz

    Aug 1, 2013 Israel

    Why is a fortress that was built by Muslims in the 1200’s named after a Biblical character? Who knows! But this ancient ruin is definitely one of the best preserved icons in Israel and probably one of the most underrated due to it’s remote location. But t…

  • The Shameful Reason Why I Would Visit Bethlehem Again

    The Shameful Reason Why I Would Visit Bethlehem Again

    Jul 21, 2013 Palestinian Territories

    It wasn’t that I was looking for peace. But I did expect some kind of “wow” moment. Some kind of spiritual release or holy epiphany. After all, Jesus was my Saviour too. Instead there is only one reason I would go back to Bethlehem and it doesn’t have any…

  • The Dead Sea - Kid's Worst Nightmare or Dream Come True?

    The Dead Sea - Kid's Worst Nightmare or Dream Come True?

    Jul 19, 2013 Israel

    You could see their brains working – tick, tick, tick. The confusion behind my daughter’s bright blue eyes as she considered what we had just said. Were we joking? Did we mean it? Could they really pick up mud and put it all over themselves, play with it,…

  • Behind the Scenes in Jerusalem: 2 Tours That Reveal Hidden Jewels in This Ancient City

    Behind the Scenes in Jerusalem: 2 Tours That Reveal Hidden Jewels in This Ancient City

    Jul 18, 2013 Israel

    Join us in the markets of Jerusalem for a cooking tour & on a walk through the Old City & its four quarters. Guess which one is free?

  • Ever Ridden on the Back of a Duck in Seattle?

    Ever Ridden on the Back of a Duck in Seattle?

    Jul 11, 2013 Northwest, USA

    There could not have been a more fun or informative way to see Seattle than the Ride the Ducks tour. We have never done this type of tour before and I am so very glad Seattle was our first because it was simply the best. On top of that it was also one of …

  • San Francisco Sightseeing Whirlwind: Day 2

    San Francisco Sightseeing Whirlwind: Day 2

    Jun 25, 2013 Northwest, USA

    We finish our time in San Francisco with the crooked street, Full House house, eating sour dough & sailing on the San Francisco Bay.

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