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About Philippa Burne

Philippa Burne caught the travel bug late in life. Too afraid of flying to board a plane for over 10 years, she was trapped in Australia. She finally succumbed to hypnotism when offered the job of a lifetime in London, travelling by ship sadly being no longer an option. Since that fateful day, she has lived and worked in Croatia, Poland, Holland, London, Slovakia and the USA. Currently she is travelling, working on a book and travelling. She is also travelling a lot.

Amsterdam’s Keukenhof Gardens: Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Keukenhof Gardens in season

If you’ve got a thing for flowers, color, beauty, history and sweet-smelling air, the Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens, not far from Amsterdam, is the place for you. It’s gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that no one has ever taken a bad photograph there. Well, not of the flowers anyway.

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March 11, 2016 by | 17 Comments

Gallipoli: A Personal Tour

Turkish Memorial at Gallipoli The sun is shining, warm with the beginning of spring. The narrow sandy beach is deserted. Tiny crystal clear waves lap at the few piles of seaweed. It’s an idyllic scene and hard to imagine thousands of soldiers landing here at dawn on April 25, 1915. But I try, because this […]

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April 25, 2014 by | 3 Comments

Auckland’s Best Beaches

Mission Bay

So you’re in Auckland, the sun is out and you’re thinking, wow this is a great day to go to the beach: where do you go? West to the black sand and surf? North to the sandy suburban shores? Or closer to home to a city beach? Auckland is located on an isthmus between two […]

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October 24, 2013 by | Comments Off on Auckland’s Best Beaches

Queenstown: More than Just an Extreme Sports Destination

The Skyline Gondola

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s must-visit places no matter which season you’re visiting the South Island. It’s famous for its snowfields, its lake – Lake Wakatipu – its autumn leaves and spring blossoms and most of all just for that scenery. Oh, and the extreme sports – so many extreme sports. The town is […]

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July 22, 2013 by | Comments Off on Queenstown: More than Just an Extreme Sports Destination

How to Experience the Excitement of the London Olympics After the Games Have Ended

London Velodrome

So, the flame has been extinguished and London 2012 is over. Two fabulous competitions: the Olympics and the Paralympics were enjoyed by millions. The athletes amazed the world and London was given a burst of new energy. But just because it’s over doesn’t mean you won’t still enjoy a lasting Olympic legacy in London. That […]

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September 13, 2012 by | Comments Off on How to Experience the Excitement of the London Olympics After the Games Have Ended

Best Beaches in Croatia

Croatia is blessed with one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. There are 1,185 islands dotted in the crystal clear blue sea, from tiny pale rocky outcrops to larger islands of villages, pine forests and beaches. It’s those beaches I love the most, and finding a gorgeous little cove with an old monastery […]

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August 1, 2012 by | 2 Comments

How to Spend a Long Weekend in the Lake District in England

Located about 460 km (300 miles) north of London, the Lake District in England is the country’s biggest national park. In truth there is only one lake in the whole place, Bassenthwaite Lake, all the rest are called mere or water, such as Windermere and Derwent Water. But regardless of name, there are many lakes […]

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July 13, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Top Things to Do in Berlin

Berlin was the world’s largest construction site has been battered and bruised, divided but never conquered. It’s defiant, it’s determined, it’s open-minded. And it’s affordable. No wonder it’s full of artists. Here are the top things to do in Berlin.

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June 15, 2012 by | 2 Comments

Visiting a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul

It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had been to a hammam before, and places claiming to be hammams, but this was the real deal. Visiting a a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul where people have been bathing for over 500 years. It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had […]

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March 11, 2012 by | 11 Comments

[PHOTOS] Greenwich

greenwich park

On a rainy weekend in London during August (the rumour was it was summer but clearly the sun has missed that memo), I headed downriver to Greenwich to where east meets west at 0 degrees of longitude, the Greenwich Meridian. Perhaps I was hoping the weather would be better on the other side. It wasn’t.

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January 23, 2012 by | Comments Off on [PHOTOS] Greenwich