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Istanbul

With the exception of work travel and a couple of long weekends to New Zealand, it’s been many, many years since I travelled solo internationally. By many I mean nearly 25. So it’s safe to say I was a little apprehensive when I left Brisbane nearly three weeks ago.

However, I’m in the groove, and apart from the occasional crappy day (hello wet and cold and miserable day in Istanbul), it’s been awesome. [click to continue…]

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Basilica Cistern

It has been a long, long time since I’ve had a day like today, either as a tourist, or just in general. I really should have just stayed in bed.

I was wet, cold and miserable all day. Let’s just say I had my grumpy face on.

I awoke to freezing temperatures and a cold, wet pizzle (my new-found word for a steady drizzle of rain). By the time I eventually made it out, the wind had also picked up, and decided to laugh at my efforts to use my umbrella. My brand new umbrella. The one that is now in the bin in pieces. Sigh. [click to continue…]

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Paris

My monthly in my kitchen post this month comes to you from Paris, where I have been visiting my aunt and uncle for the last week, as part of a fabulous holiday.

One of my favourite features of the in my kitchen posts is that they are written by bloggers around the world – I’m always intrigued to see what kitchens outside Australia have in them, and I’m often in awe of the goodies I see. Over this past week in Paris it has truly been wonderful to explore all the little boulangerie, boucherie, fromagerie, épicerie and other specialty food shops around this glorious city.  [click to continue…]

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Paris

Bonjour Paris!

It’s been nearly 25 years since my last visit to Paris, and while I would like to say it hasn’t really changed, it probably has. A lot. As that’s what 25 years does to a town! [click to continue…]

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Dubai Farmers' Market

I have many varying impressions from my couple of days in Dubai so far. I’m still not sure what I think. Am I enjoying myself? Yes. Am I learning things? A big fat yes. Would I visit again? I’m really not sure. Definitely not in summer. [click to continue…]

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Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

I was going to include this in a wrap up post of Dubai but Palm Jumeirah is so in-your-face that I decided it needed it’s own post. Plus, I took a gazillion photos.

My visit to The Palm was one of my first experiences of Dubai, and it had all the glitz I expected of this town. And that’s despite not actually being able to see very much of it. [click to continue…]

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Thelma and Louise

We have two new additions to our family – meet Thelma and Louise.

I have to confess, I can’t tell them apart, so we often call them “Thelma or Louise” if there is just one doing something funny/crazy/silly/stupid – didn’t think that one through! [click to continue…]

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