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Snaps from a springtime stay in a special corner of France STRASBOURG STAY WHERE Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Grand Est region a stone’s throw from the German border. WHEN I spent two days in Strasbourg during idyllic blue-sky days in March, breaking the rail journey between Frankfurt Airport and Lyon where I was boundContinue reading “VISIT – STRASBOURG”


WHERE … Arles Arena WHEN … Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10.08am WHAT … The old Roman Arena in Arles was built 2000 years ago to host battles between man and beast to keep the locals entertained. Back when the Romans occupied Provence there would be day-long programs here starting with battles between wild animals,Continue reading “DESTINATION – ARLES”

Paris is always a good idea …

DID you see the picture of Barack Obama in the November 17 edition of Time with his feet up on the table? The soles of his shoes were worn because, as the caption noted, he had been “pounding the pavement” campaigning for votes in the days before the US election. After just a couple ofContinue reading “Paris is always a good idea …”


A POOL DECK FOR PROVENCE EUROPE’S only riverboat with a pool deck will embark on her maiden voyage in April. The brand new MV Amadeus Provence will feature a “tranquil infinity plunge-style pool” and alfresco bar which combine to make it a scenic open-air perch for guests to watch the scenery drift past during sunnyContinue reading “CRUISE – AMADEUS PROVENCE”

Where to wander …

THERE are more ways than ever to explore a holiday destination – trams, horse-drawn carts, Segways, vintage cars, bicycles – but there are some streets that should be seen on foot so pack your walking shoes and prepare to pound the pavement. Budapest Budapest’s Andrassy Ut stretches 2.5km from Heroes Square to Erzsebet Square withContinue reading “Where to wander …”

Follow the peloton ’round France …

JULY is all about Le Tour de France with thousands of Aussies sitting up into the wee-small hours to watch the peloton pedal towards Paris. While many viewers are passionate cycling fans, hordes more watch the SBS coverage to select destinations for their next Continental jaunt, so here are hints on seeing the corners ofContinue reading “Follow the peloton ’round France …”

Footsteps of the fallen …

SATURDAY’S Anzac Day services will commemorate more than the 100th anniversary of Australian troops landing at Gallipoli. This significant day also signals the start of a century of Australian men and women serving in wars, police actions and peace-keeping missions that have taken our army, navy, air force and merchant mariners to battlefields around theContinue reading “Footsteps of the fallen …”

Table with a view …

THIS is the table I occupied at breakfast this morning. I took a magazine to read while I enjoyed my bacon and eggs, but I didn’t even get to the first page as the view was far more interesting than anything inside my glossy travel publication. The sun doesn’t rise here until a little afterContinue reading “Table with a view …”

Lofty French Alps’s stay …

→ While travellers are welcome at Club Med Valmorel during any season winter really is something special … ANOTHER travel first for me today. A few months ago I was the first passenger to sit in the fifth row of the brand new Qantas 737-800 called Tamworth and now I’m the first guest to occupyContinue reading “Lofty French Alps’s stay …”