Best Accommodation in McLaren Vale

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle…. Our sausages are grilling to perfection as we chat and drink with a lovely family from Wales, UK. The kids are playing ‘Hide and Seek’, and couples swim in the slightly heated pool behind us. We are staying at McLaren Vale Motel and Apartments, and it is the perfect place to stay, […]

Visiting McLaren Vale? Top 10 Kids Things To Do

Here’s my list of Top 10 Things To Do with Kids in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Plus I’ve added a few extra Time-Outs for the adults too! (These are not in any particular order). Many of these activities are also FREE! Number 10 – Ten Woodstock Winery – Feed Australian Wildlife By Hand And It’s FREE (including Soy […]

Pet And Housesitting In Australia

“OH MY GOSH! “    I look up as I’m drinking my coffee on a misty Summer early morning, to almost come face-to-face with a Koala, looking right back at me. We are housesitting in a hilly suburb about 20 km from the center of the city of Adelaide.  This is suburbia.  This is Australia. This […]

Celebrating in Style on Novi Sad Serbia

Last year we traveled through Serbia at lightning speed. In fact, it was all of 24 hours with a quick, but wonderful stay. But we had a taste of Serbia. And this taste of wonderful Serbian hospitality and friendship made us want to come back for more. So for this reason, we decided to choose […]

The Romanian Road Less Travelled

One of the most challenging blogs I’ve wanted to share with you from our world trip so far is this one. Romania has stolen my heart, and I am simply in love with the diversity, beauty, and splendor that unfolded before me, over these past weeks.  I have about 200 photographs I could load up […]

Romanian Grandeur at Gradina Morii

Nestled on the edge of Sighetu Marmației town, next to the lovely Mill Garden Park (or Gradina Morii Parcel) is Hotel Gradina Morii.  The perfect place for us to base ourselves to explore the famous wooden churches and monasteries in the area. It is a luxury hotel that has been recently renamed and captures the […]

Beyond Dracula leads us to Viscri

We woke to serenity in a small country town in Romania, called Viscri. It is tucked away off the main road that leads from Brasov to Sighisoara. Here in the still of the winter’s morning as the sun rises, there is only the odd horse and cart coming down the road. Awww – and a […]

Experiencing Baroque Brukenthal Palace Romania

  It is with sad regret said good-bye to all our new Romania friends we met over the New Year period at Biertan.  Meeting such lovely people has been a delight, but saying farewell, and never knowing if we shall see them again is one of the hardest parts of travel.  Romania has proven to be a […]

Served on a Bed of Ice

From the very first time I heard about the Hotel of Ice in Romania, I wanted to go.  I figured the hardest part would be to convince my nine-year-old son, but as soon as he saw their website, he was as keen as I was to venture up the snowy mountain-side, and spend a night […]

Prince Charles Secret Romanian Hideaway (not secret anymore)

We have been staying in the village of Viscri (Deutschweißkirch), where we discovered a secret!  HRH, The Prince of Wales owns a traditional Saxon house there. Here in this sleepy town of Viscri, there is no direct public transport, and the back road is a slushy snow track that we took for about 40 minutes […]

Visiting Sighișoara and Dracula’s birthplace

A blanket of white snow lays across the rolling hills and drapes softly on the boughs of the trees that form a soft arch as I drive through. The road has not been snow-plowed, so I am somewhat nervous, but I soon learn to take it easy, and just go slow and enjoy the journey […]

Medieval Romanian New Years Eve Celebration

This year we wanted a really special and traditional New Year’s Eve. We are in Transylvania, Romania, and to experience an event that will show us the real hospitality and Romanian culture would be amazing. So we were so pleased when we contacted Unglerus Medieval Resort, tucked away in the authentic village of Biertan, a designated Unesco World […]