Read more about the article 4 Weeks in Western Australia – The Road Less Travelled
Kangaroo - Pinnacles Desert WA

4 Weeks in Western Australia – The Road Less Travelled

Another exciting road trip begins.  4 weeks in Western Australia - the road less travelled - will take us on a journey through a land which offers so much:  national parks, Aboriginal culture and the closest fringing coral reef.  We will take a month to travel over 5,300 kilometres going South from Perth through the Margaret River region and then travelling up the coast to the North as far as the Ningaloo Reef before heading back home.

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Read more about the article Accommodation Review – The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam
Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam Bedroom

Accommodation Review – The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam

The Pulitzer was a perfect choice of hotel for our short break in Amsterdam.  The Pulitzer is a comfortable hotel and ideally located right in the centre of the city.  Everywhere you want to visit is within easy walking distance.  The rooms are nicely decorated with a modern feel and every effort is made to provide you with everything you need for your stay including a shopping bag, a brolly and even a bike repair kit!

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3 Days in Amsterdam Day 1

I am travelling with my daughter on this trip and we have three days to get to know Amsterdam and appreciate the best it has to offer.  I am looking forward to sharing the journey with her and seeing a new city through her eyes as much as my own.  We have based ourselves at the Pulitzer Hotel right in the centre of Amsterdam so we don't waste too much time getting from A to B (see accommodation review for more detail).  We have 3 days in Amsterdam - how best to fit everything in?

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Read more about the article Deep South USA Road Trip – Final Reflections
Struggle for Civil Rights

Deep South USA Road Trip – Final Reflections

Our Deep South USA Road Trip has been such a great experience. Good music, food with soul and one warm welcome after another. never had much time for history at school, but I really enjoyed seeing modern history being brought to life in the Deep South and appreciated how important it is to an understanding of the world we live in today.

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Read more about the article Deep South USA Cocktail Trail
Mint Julep - Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez

Deep South USA Cocktail Trail

These days there is a growing appreciation for the traditional cocktails of the Deep South.  Here are my absolute favourites, where best to enjoy them and recipes for re-creating them when you get back home*.  The Deep South USA Cocktail Trail will take you on a winding course along the banks of the mighty  Mississippi River all the way from New Orleans to Nashville, discovering the fascinating history, toe tapping  music and all the fun that this vibrant region has to offer along the way.  It is for sure one of the USA's best road trips.  Are you ready?   "Cheers!"

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Read more about the article Accommodation Review:  The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville
The Hermitage Hotel Nashville - Perfect!

Accommodation Review:  The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville

The Hermitage is a fantastic hotel.  If I could sum it up in one word, it would be "PERFECT."  If I get the chance to add a few more words, I would pick: elegant, efficient and peaceful.  It is the oldest hotel in Nashville and the first million $ hotel to be built here.  "Meet me at the Hermitage" is what the locals say - you can certainly see why!

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Read more about the article Nashville Day 1 – or NASH – Vull (as the locals would say it)
The world famous Orchid Lounge at Tootsie's purple bar serves as the headquarters for the NFL draft

Nashville Day 1 – or NASH – Vull (as the locals would say it)

It took us most of the day to drive from Memphis to Nashville.  We arrived to discover that the NFL professional draft had just started - Nashville is the base this year.  Nashville has a very upmarket feel to it.  It is a booming city with a rising population that is growing fast.  

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Read more about the article Accommodation Review:  Anchuca Historic Mansion and Inn, Vicksburg
Anchuca Historic Mansion and Inn Vicksburg - The prettiest bed I have ever slept in!

Accommodation Review:  Anchuca Historic Mansion and Inn, Vicksburg

Anchuca means "happy home" in Chocotaw and this bed and breakfast/hotel certainly makes you feel very welcome.  Built in 1830, the house was a hospital after the surrender of Vicksburg in the Civil War and, interestingly, cared for both Confederate and Union soldiers.

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Read more about the article Accommodation Review: Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez
Monmouth House Natchez

Accommodation Review: Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez

Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez is a really lovely hotel - full of charm and character.  The rooms are beautifully furnished and there is great attention to detail throughout.  Meticulously maintained grounds; a well stocked cocktail bar with a skilled bar tender that knows exactly how to mix whatever is your favourite tipple and a superb breakfast offering.

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