Airport/Airlines, Been There Done That, England

British Airways First Class

The ability to fly first class on a long haul international flight always felt financially unattainable. I have my husband to thank for making my airline travel dream a reality. Our original plan was for the entire flight to be in a first class cabin; however the Qantas legs lacked availability in first and business classes. Not that I am complaining though as the longer flights were in British Airway’s First Class cabin. British Airways…

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Been There Done That, England, Tours and Excursions

Windsor Castle Self-Guided Tour

The final stop of my recent Europe trip included an overnight layover in London before flying to Shanghai and then back to Sydney. Considering we had stayed so central during our time in London, I had already visited many of the popular tourist spots.  I read that Windsor was located about 20-30 minutes away from my airport hotel so asked my cab driver to wait while I checked into my room. He happily agreed to…

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Animal Parks, Australia, Been There Done That, Family Friendly

Sydney Taronga Zoo

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo features some of the best views of Sydney famous Harbour Bridge and Opera  House. My suggestion would be to take the Ferry from Circular Quay instead of driving and parking. The Ferry boasts spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge on the way over.  The short 20 minute ride gives you some of the best photo opportunities from the water.  Choose to sit outside to really get the full…

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Beaches, Been There Done That, Boat Rides, Thailand, Tours and Excursions

Phi Phi Island Excursion

During our stay in Phuket, Thailand, my only offshore excursion request was to visit the Phi Phi Islands which I learned were pronounced “pee-pee”. I called them “fee-fee” the entire trip I think. Pronunciations have never been my strong suit. These are a group of 6 small islands with the most famous one being Phi Phi Leh. Maya Bay, located on Phi Phi Leh, became a hot tourist spot after “The Beach” starring Leonardo Dicaprio’s filmed…

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Australia, Good Eats

Mia’s German Beerhall Cronulla

My goal is to add more restaurant recommendations to my blog. The “Good Eats” page looks a little pitiful at the moment but that changes today.  So why not start with one of our favorites! Mia’s German Beerhall, located across from the Cronulla beach, is now a regular spot for us. We walked right by it several times never glancing at the menu.  Mia sounded Italian so it never crossed our minds that it would…

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Australia, Been There Done That, Walks

Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 5k

For as long as I can remember, I have hated running.  Don’t get me wrong I consider myself fit but not a runner. My rhythm and breathing  seem off every time I attempt running.  This is the reason I have avoided 5K races (and any distance longer) my entire life.  I am happy to cheer on others in their quest to run further and faster as long as you don’t ask me to join along. …

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Beaches, Been There Done That, Free, New Zealand, Walks, Waterfalls

Kitekite Falls Track and Lion Rock

During my final months in New Zealand, I went on a marathon of new walks.  My close friend suggested we walk the Kitekite Fallls track in the Waitakere Ranges.  She grew up in Auckland and was familiar with the area. We dropped our kids and school and made our way up to Piha to the start of the waterfall track. Lion Rock On our way over to the Kitekite track, we pulled off Seaview Road…

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Australia, Been There Done That, Natural Wonders, Walks

Wedding Cake Rock Coastal Walk

From the moment we set foot in Australia, I was eager to explore more.  Our New Zealand relocation, 3 years ago, sparked a new passion for hiking (or maybe more of an obsession) and now I had the opportunity to take that enthusiasm with me to Australia.  What better place to start than the Royal National Park which is basically a hop, skip and jump from our house in the Sutherland Shire. Cronulla runs ferry…

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Been There Done That, Good Eats, Thailand

Thai Cooking Lesson Phuket

During our recent family vacation to Phuket, Thailand, we had the opportunity to take part in a Thai cooking lesson.  We love Thai food and what better way to learn than from a Thai Chef.  We scheduled this fun activity over Andrew’ birthday and enrolled our girls into the kids’ club for the afternoon. The Baan Talay restaurant schedules this particular activity and contacted us in advance to inquire about specific dishes we wanted to…

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Australia, Been There Done That, Free, Walks

Calsil Dune Loop Trail

Much to my surprise the Sutherland Shire Council schedules various meet-ups throughout the year.  They are free to join and can be booked through their website.  My first walk with the council was the Calsil Dune Trail to Coast Walk. The start of the walk is on Sir Joseph Banks Drive in Kurnell.  Simply drive approximately 1.5 kilometers down the road until you get to the old Continental Carbon site.  Directly before you reach the…

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