Kenroku-en Garden Kanazawa: A photowalk

The tranquil and measured perfection of Kenroku-en left me stunned. As I stood in awe of each balanced branch and mossy root, I felt as if time had frozen and all hints of chaos had slipped from my mind. … More Kenroku-en Garden Kanazawa: A photowalk

For The Love of Paris: a photowalk

It’s a perfect Parisian evening. A light breeze dances through the Jardin Du Luxembourg with the sweetness of red and purple blossoms. Tanned bodies sprawl across the lawn; bare skin against electric green. Little white triangles tack across the glossy fountain pond as children run alongside with sailors’ glee. Powder-green chairs sit in messy clusters; … More For The Love of Paris: a photowalk

More Melbourne Eats

Melbourne is a joy for the senses; a vibrant, food-loving, coffee-fueled city that celebrates dining with creativity and care. Here’s a handful of delightful Melbourne eats discovered in my recent adventures. Movida Next Door Entering the small space of Movida Next Door inspires the same passionate buzz as a late-night Spanish bar. Waiting with a … More More Melbourne Eats

Idyllic Croatia: A photo walk through memories

Croatia lives in my memory as a pristine natural beauty and a nation of warm hospitality. When running my not-so-short list of ‘favourite’ travel destinations , Croatia always seems to feature. And often, in moments of wishing I was far, far away, the mental images of Croatia sail into view, bringing with them a drifting kind of … More Idyllic Croatia: A photo walk through memories

Melbourne Weekender: Foody Happiness in Australia’s Cultural Capital

The creative pulse of Melbourne stirs giddy dreams of urban adventures. With every visit, I find myself enchanted by vibrant street art and tipsy with the rush of cultural possibilities. Melbourne inspires laneway fever, strolls down wide streets, tours of history-rich buildings and skipping through crisp autumn leaves. The city calls for late night explorations … More Melbourne Weekender: Foody Happiness in Australia’s Cultural Capital

Words About Home

There are times when this big, boisterous world is just too great to absorb. My mind can’t expand across the oceans and peaks, nor bridge gaps between cultures and hearts. There are too many strange and confronting things to voice in one breath; too many miraculous places for a single dream; and too many harsh … More Words About Home

Travel Moments: Walking the Hills of Sapa, Vietnam

Rice paddies glisten through the mountain mist as I weave into the valley below. Beyond the haze, I hear Hmong voices chattering as they trace a well-worn trail; I glimpse dark figures treading between the clouds, wicker baskets of produce strapped to their back on the way to market. I was enchanted by this northern … More Travel Moments: Walking the Hills of Sapa, Vietnam

A Week In Berlin: Exploring Germany’s Creative Capital

The mere mention of Berlin is often enough to conjure thoughts of street art, underground music and offbeat urban adventures. Such associations fit quite nicely with my concept of the ideal city, so I made my way back to Berlin in September to emerge myself in the creative city for a second time. I came … More A Week In Berlin: Exploring Germany’s Creative Capital

Gratitude for a Wonderful Year of Travel Adventures – 2012

As we wander into another new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2012 adventures, and to thank you, my lovely readers, for sharing my journey. For me, 2012 was about realising dreams: my dream of travelling Europe for months and my dream of working as a travel writer. While I am … More Gratitude for a Wonderful Year of Travel Adventures – 2012

A Photo Walk in Berlin

Gritty and colourful, sweet and rough, the streets of Berlin offer many curiosities for the aimless wanderer to consider. Whether it’s the street art that Germany’s creative capital is so famous for, the charming blossoms that dress cafe table tops, or the grand monuments that represent a rich and dark history, there is no doubting … More A Photo Walk in Berlin

A Photo Walk in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Aquamarine lakes are fringed with mossy veins and sunshine-dappled woodlands  in Croatia’s natural treasure, Plitvice  Lakes National Park. Covering almost 300 km2 , and comprising 16 lakes, Plitvice is  the largest of Croatia’s eight national parks and was the first established, back in 1949. As well as being just generally amazing,  with its (hiding) brown … More A Photo Walk in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Sunny Adventures on the Island of Pag, Croatia

Beating down on the lunar landscape, shimmering across the Adriatic, the sunshine on Croatia’s island of Pag makes the world seem ever-bright. Time on the Pag syncs with the idyllic sway of the sea and the long road stretches through rocks, vineyards and groves to reveal an island of wholesome delights. We ventured to Pag … More Sunny Adventures on the Island of Pag, Croatia

Travel Moments: Bathing in the Nam Ou in Laos

Returning to Australia after nine months of travelling has been a bittersweet transition. The joys of reuniting with loved ones and the comforts of a reliably clean bed and shower have been peppered with pangs of panic as I face the blunt honesty of domestic routine and real-world responsibilities. While I’m a little sad to realise … More Travel Moments: Bathing in the Nam Ou in Laos

Surprises on Losinj, Croatia’s Island of Vitality

Finding myself floating in tepid jade sea off Lošinj, Croatia’s self-dubbed “island of vitality”, was a bit of a surprise. We had always planned to spend time relaxing in the northern islands of Croatia’s Adriatic Sea, but with every blog post and travel guide read about Croatia’s glorious island options, we felt more spoilt for … More Surprises on Losinj, Croatia’s Island of Vitality

4 Quiet Delights in Istria, Croatia

Happily nestled between Italy and Slovenia, jutting into the the Adriatic Sea, Croatia’s peninsula of Istria has some impressive neighbours to compete with in the tourism stakes. But with the region’s rich cache of truffles, vineyards and farmlands supplying some of the most notable culinary experiences in the country, and with natural beauty worth wowing … More 4 Quiet Delights in Istria, Croatia

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part Two – Canyoning

Of all the outdoor adventures I imagined myself having in the alpine wilderness of Slovenia, flinging myself down a rock cliff into icy water was not one of them. But, as travelling has taught me time and time again, it’s often the adventures you least expect that deliver the biggest thrills. The conscious effort needed … More Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part Two – Canyoning

Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part One – Emerald River Adventure

From the highest mountain pass in Slovenia, the world is a soothing spectrum of hinterland greens, precipice blues and alpine whites. Here, in the northern corner of Slovenia, beside the Italian and Austrian borders, silence drifts between the rugged pine slopes of Triglav National Park and the glimmering limestone peaks of the Julian Alps. It … More Nature’s Playground Around Bled, Slovenia: Part One – Emerald River Adventure

8 Tips for Enjoying the Loveliness of Venice, Italy

The hypnotic dance of pale sunlight on the smooth columns of Ca D’Oro was enough to convince me that visiting Venice would be a lovely experience. I had questioned our timing, in the height of summer and tourist peak, and wondered if the small archipelago system might be spoilt by too many tour groups and … More 8 Tips for Enjoying the Loveliness of Venice, Italy

Delightful Dining in Bologna & Parma, Italy

If there is one thing you must do when in Italy, it is eat…and oh, what a chore it is! The Italians are experts at offering regional specialties, quality ingredients and simple elegance on a plate. They are also wonderfully good at nailing that heart-winning combination of incredible food and indulgent yet casual dining experiences, … More Delightful Dining in Bologna & Parma, Italy

A Week in Florence: The Pleasures of Italy’s Renaissance City

A week in Florence is a fabulous way to test your dedication to your travel budget. Although hosting its share of tourist traps, overpriced dining and luxury shopping, the real threat to your bottom line is the tempting suite of wine bars, restaurants, boutiques and gelatarias in the historical centre of Italy’s Renaissance city. I … More A Week in Florence: The Pleasures of Italy’s Renaissance City