Melbourne may be the most liveable city in the world, but every once in a while it’s good to get away. Thankfully the Yarra Valley is less than two hours’ drive from the CBD (even on a Friday at 5pm). One of Australia’s top wine regions, the Yarra Valley beckons with promises of wine, cheese, […]
If your weekend didn’t include wine, chocolate and cheese, did you even have a girls’ weekend? I’m going to say no. Thankfully, my recent glamping excursion in the Yarra Valley had all that and more. Less than two hours from Melbourne’s CBD is the Yarra Valley, one of the world’s top wine growing regions. Drive […]
On the west coast of Australia, 11.5 hours north of Perth, sits a cute town called Coral Bay. It’s a tiny little tourist town set on the Ningaloo Reef. When I say “set on” the reef, I mean you can take a few steps off the shore and you’ll stub your toe on it. Ningaloo […]
If St. Paul de Vence Hôtel Le Hameau had a Euro for every time I squealed “this hotel is so cute!” the owners could plan their retirement. After driving the winding roads toward St. Paul de Vence, we parked our car in the parking lot below the hotel, walked under grapevines and past lime trees to […]
Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef is the reason I moved to Exmouth. When some Australians I met in Queenstown, New Zealand told me that Ningaloo Reef has incredible diving and that one of the most amazing things to do in Exmouth is swimming with whale sharks, how could I not pack up and […]
This is the story about the best plum and almond tart I’ve ever tried, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the story of Vera Miklas, a woman from the Czech Republic who married an Irish man from Munster Vales more than 20 years ago.
When we turned off the narrow winding roads of Grasse and through the wrought iron gate to La Bastide Saint-Antoine, I knew this was going to be a special place. We drove down the olive-tree lined path, past rose bushes and breathed a sigh of relief… an air of relaxation surrounds the Relais & Château […]
Exmouth is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. This town of 2,200 is located on the Ningaloo Coast at the westernmost tip of Australia, and setting foot here is like stepping 60 years back in time. In Exmouth, neighbors talk to each other, kids play together (like we did before cellphones) and locals are friendly […]