Book Review – Almost French, Sarah Turnbull

Almost French. By Sarah Turnbull. Sarah Turnbull. An Australian in Paris. Paris explained through the eyes of an Australian. French behaviour and idiosyncrasies and cultural beliefs explained from the eyes of not only an Australian but a girl from my adopted hood of the Northern Beaches. What could be better for an explanation as to how…

Book Review – Paris, He Said, Christine Seed

Paris, He Said. By Christine Seed. A book review. This book had me at the mention of Paris. I am a tragic Paris reader. I am not sure it is actually a genre of books ‘Parisian’ but I have certainly made one for myself. I like 32.3 million other people love Paris. Why 32.3 million. That’s…

Over tourism and detourism

Detourism is currently a campaign being run by the City of Venice designed at encouraging tourists to see more of Venice than the Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal. The campaign is promoting a more authentic experience by seeing the real Venice, the Venice away from the tourist trap. Detourism is a…

Book review – Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

The book of choice Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng Why this book? INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and AMAZON’S BEST NOVEL OF 2017 Need I say more? The book is set in the authors hometown of Shaker Heights in Cleveland. It is a neat and tidy town. The book discusses a perfect Stepford Wive-type family…

A family guide to Fraser Island

Fraser Island is a special place with so much to see with a huge diversity of sights on the island. It is on the backpacker’s tour of the country but do not let that put you off. There is a variety of accommodation on the island and as such there is a variety of activities….

Book Review – New York, Edward Rutherfurd

New York. Edward Rutherfurd. I love this authors collection of books. This was the 3rd book I read by this author after having loved reading previously Paris and London so much. Click here for my local bookshop that will assist in sourcing this book. I must admit I struggled to read this with as much gusto as…

A guide to Mother’s Day winners

Mother’s Day (Australia) is coming up and we need to get organised to ensure Mum is both sufficiently spoilt and appreciated. It’s a once a year event where you get the opportunity to tell Mum she (me) is doing a great job and you love her for it. The day doesn’t need to be over…

A guide to wearing makeup in south east Asia

Makeup for Humidity Travelling to south east Asia is fabulous but when it’s over 80% humidity and your sweating like a boxer in the ring how do you keep your face on? Do you opt for nothing and then look like the ghost on Halloween night? I freeze with fear at the thought of my…

Book Review – The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy

Having read Chris Kraus’ ‘I Love Dick’ – a cult feminist classic and been thoroughly disappointed there was little chance I would pull a book from the feminist stack for sometime. Somehow, this one crept through the ‘anti-feminist’ novels and I am glad to say it did. The book of choice The Rules Do Not…

Book Review – The Mountain Between Us, Charles Martin

As you know I flew to New York and despite all my own travel advice bought two books at the airport to read on the plane. Books I want to read on the plane are not books I want to read at home. At home I want to be challenged and entertained. On the plane…

Book Review – Lily and the Octopus, Steven Rowley.

Lily and the Octopus is not a book many will pick up. Steven Rowley writes like no-one has written previously. This is a book that will have you contemplating living and dying. IT will move you and challenge you. The characters (one being a dog) are delightfully developed and charmingly witty. The book of choice…

Splash Water Park Bali

If you are looking for something to do outside of your hotel or resort then one of the Beach Clubs is a good option. Finns Recreation Club is the family choice. You will be able to all enjoy yourselves with a day or half day at Finns. Location Splash Water Park is inside Finns Recreation…