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[PHOTOS] A Review of “La Traviata” on Sydney Harbour

March 29, 2012

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Opera Performance on Sydney Harbour

My husband did ask the obvious question, “Why?” Yes, why would you suspend the biggest chandelier you have ever seen over a stage floating in the air, over the Sydney Harbour, in front of the Harbour Bridge? And then perform “La Traviata”? And even more so, how? I can imagine the original meeting with the […]

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[PHOTOS] Segway in Hawaii!

February 14, 2012

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Waikiki Beach Hilton

Four tourists in coordinating Hawaiian Christmas ensembles asked us how we were able to balance as we scooted past during our Honolulu Segway Tour. My answer: you don’t really have to think about balancing, you just stand and the machine balances for you. This was my second time on a Segway and I found I […]

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[PHOTOS] Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise

January 5, 2012

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Somebody handed me a Mai Tai as soon as we sat down on the Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise. I think I could get used to this! Later I even succeed in convincing my darling to dance to “Easy Like Sunday Morning”. Yes, it’s all very easy. Our hotel had a shuttle that dropped us off […]

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The Woman Behind the Winchester Mystery House

March 7, 2011

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Follow the footsteps of Melinda as she tours the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. The mystery of the house lies in its owner, a woman convinced that to keep the ghosts at bay she must construct her house with as many turns, twists and dead-ends as possible to confuse them. The final design leaves […]

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Exploring San Francisco by Segway

December 14, 2010

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I believe the best way to see a city is through the soles of your feet. But after lifting those feet a few inches off the ground on the San Francisco Waterfront Segway Tour I have to say walking has some serious competition.

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Welcome to Tillicum Village, Seattle

October 21, 2010

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Halfway through our scrumptious salmon dinner on the Tillicum Village Tour, my Darling said to me “this review is writing itself isn’t it?” OK, well I wouldn’t go that far but yes, this tour was easy to like. We found the starting point easily.

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A Three Hour Cruise

September 2, 2010

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Maybe it’s the negative ions, or the sparkly lights. Or, perhaps the bubbly had something to do with it. Whatever it was, not long into our Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise, this group of jaded Sydney-siders was joyfully running around taking pictures of the Opera House as if we had never seen it before. Just imagine […]

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An Afternoon of Art and High Tea in Sydney: How Lovely

July 14, 2010

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While enjoying High Tea at the Art Gallery of NSW one finds oneself saying things like – “one”. Like the Queen, I believe my birthday should be a public holiday. Unlike the Queen’s Birthday, technically mine isn’t a holiday. But I take the day off anyway – and encourage my friends and family to join […]

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Did Tintin Have this Much Fun in Vietnam?

June 9, 2010


Apparently Tintin never actually went to Vietnam but I’m sure if he had, he would have enjoyed Viator‘s Mekong Delta Adventure Tour. Parts of this tour were a little well – goofy. But even the ‘too cool to be on vacation with her parents’ teenager got into it. There’s something about being loaded on the […]

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Enter the Dragon: Descending into Vietnam’s Halong Bay

May 20, 2010


The karsts in Halong Bay, a few hours from Hanoi in Vietnam, were on my ‘must see in my lifetime list’. I can confirm that they merit a spot on that list. Halong Bay also has a well-deserved spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for “superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural […]

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