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Overdosing on Breakfast!

Overdosing on Breakfast!

Why is it that when I become a tourist I abandon my spartan bowl of cereal  and begin  each day by demolishing an enormous breakfast? At the basest level I fear it is because the meal is often included in the  hotel tariff and I feel I […]

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Driving in France

Driving in France

Voila! – Angels of Mercy  On our very first visit to  Paris, Rob and I  collected our French hire car at the back of the Hotel des Invalides – an appropriate spot considering how sick I felt at the thought of  careering around the city on the […]

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A Tribute to Isambard Brunel

A  Tribute to Isambard Brunel

STEAM AND SPEED   The  brilliant British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born at Portsmouth  in 1806, the son of a highly regarded French engineer.  Many thousands of Australians have a connection with Brunel as  their ancestors emigrated on his innovative steamship, the SS Great Britain. At […]

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Old Sydney’s Physician: the Southerly Buster

Old Sydney's Physician:  the Southerly Buster

  THIS ARTICLE   ORIGINALLY  APPEARED  IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. In 1910 Henry Lawson wrote the following lines celebrating Sydney’s restorative Southerly Buster; ‘Tis a glorious mission , Old Sydney’s Physician   Broom, Bucket  and Cloth of the East, ‘Tis a breeze and a sprayer that answers […]

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The Villages of the Alsace, France

The Villages of the Alsace, France

 ROUTE DU VIN It was thanks to our holiday host  across the border in Germany that my partner and I toured the scenic Route du Vin below Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France. Christine mentioned several ‘not to be missed’  medieval villages nestled into  the vine covered […]

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Glasgow

Glasgow

ARCHITECTURE & AFTERNOON TEA The architecture of 19th century Glasgow prompted English poet and historian John Betjeman to describe it as; ‘The greatest Victorian city in the world’. However, if this conjures an image of florid stone ‘wedding cakes’, nothing could be further from the truth. The […]

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