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A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 
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A  Table Rendezvous with Italy’s Chef Ottavio Bellesi on the Golden Princess 

Dining at a Chef’s Table should always be a titillating treat of tantalizing tastes. Traditionally, a Chef’s Table is located in the kitchen – where the guests can watch, and “ooh” and “ahh” as the Chef and his/her team work their culinary magic. That was not how it was at […]

The Indian Pacific snakes through the Nullarbor Plain. Credit: 
Great Southern Rail.
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One-Track Mind

Riding Australia’s Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney is an opportunity to tick off another experience on the travel “bucket list,” as this is the continent’s longest train ride. It is also a top trip for rail buffs who may have ticked off the world’s longest, the Trans-Siberian train from Moscow to Vladivostok, which takes […]

Having a Cow in Australia’s Bush Country
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Having a Cow in Australia’s Bush Country

Larissa was staring at a beautiful tree frog; its tiny, bright green body with huge black eyes and cute little pods on its feet were perfectly designed by nature to stick to any surface. There was only one problem: Those cute little pod-feet were perched on the toilet seat she […]

Claremont Koko Black Lamington
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Three Great Dates

Shall we get Perth’s ‘dullsville’ stigma out of the way? Visitors to the Wild West are often surprised that unlike many other cities, the state hasn’t been patiently waiting for the economy to resurrect itself. On the contrary, resource-rich Western Australia has reaped the benefits of its mining boom and […]

Australian boy Tanner Blessington says the Tree of Life cured his asthma
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Aussie Boy Finds Asthma Cure in Fiji

The Blessington family from Australia visit Fiji every year for a holiday, but on their last visit encountered a mysterious local woman who claimed to have the ability to cure asthma.  Desperate to try a natural remedy for their young son’s chronic asthma and allergy to dairy, they agreed to […]

Manik Organic – A Cafe to Dine for and More!
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Manik Organic – A Cafe to Dine for and More!

As a long ago restaurant reviewer in the States, imagine my elation when I met the owner, Chas, and management team, Neeta (consultant) and Katut (food and beverage supervisor) at Manik Organic. I had already been there for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a yoga class! Their menu exhibits a passion for wellness cuisine with organic, free range and local ingredients.

Two Splendid Spa Retreats: Resorts in Margaret River
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Two Splendid Spa Retreats: Resorts in Margaret River

Years ago I worked as a masseuse at Empire Retreat in a cosy room under the stairs. It was lovely to work there for even just the beautiful drive in gracefully winding around the native flora. It’s one of the most tasteful and tranquil retreats I’ve ever been to on three continents.

Phillip Island—Penguins, Preserve, and Panny’s
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Phillip Island—Penguins, Preserve, and Panny’s

The Phillip Island side tour started off our Australian excursion. Over a brief two days, I experienced several enjoyable tour attractions. Teamed with a variety of meeting planners, our goal was to discover why Phillip Island is an ideal destination for a pre- or post-trip. Our guide was a dynamic young woman, Sara Bell.

Political Leaders Trumped By Amateur Chefs
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Political Leaders Trumped By Amateur Chefs

If any evidence was required that Australians love their food, surely the news that that we would rather watch a prime-time TV cooking show, MasterChef, than the first debate of the election campaign, says everything.

Queensland
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Queensland

…when we left the western coast of Queensland on the Indian Ocean and headed into the legendary Australian Outback, or “The Bush,” as the locals call it. As if that wasn’t exotic enough, our drive would be practically astride the Tropic of Capricorn.