Category Archives: Things to do

Maui – Hawaiian Island Infatuation

Maui  is the second largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, and is formed by two shield volcanoes that overlapped to create an isthmus between them.  The volcano in the west is extinct, while Haleakala in the east is classified as dormant, and is surrounded by National Park.

Our trip started up on the north coast and then we drove over towards the west coast beaches and towns.    Here are some of the things we did during our time on the island. Continue reading Maui – Hawaiian Island Infatuation

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Hunter Valley Getaway – NSW Australia

The Hunter Valley in NSW is a great place for a couples getaway trip.  Located in one of Australia’s major wine regions, the region is renowned for is wineries, gourmet restaurants, spa retreats and concerts in the vineyards.

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Villandry – Chateaux of the Loire

In the Loire Valley of France, you will find many marvellous chateaux surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Having visited a healthy number of these chateaux, I can say that the gardens at Chateau de Villandry were the most impressive that I have seen.  An easy 9 mile car trip from Tours will drop you at the castle car park, which is free.  Entry to the gardens will cost € 7, or for a look in the fully restored chateau as well as the gardens you pay €11. Continue reading Villandry – Chateaux of the Loire

Chania Old Town – Western Crete

Chania is an exceptionally charming town with cobblestone streets abounding with history.  In the old town area you will find quaint hotels and buildings butted up against byzantine walls, nearby to an amiable Venetian harbour lined with waterfront restaurants, cafes and historic monuments. Continue reading Chania Old Town – Western Crete

Ravello & Villa Cimbrone

Crowning the terraced cliffs above the oceanfront town of Amalfi, you will find the refined old village of Ravello.  A centrally located piazza sits peacefully skirted by the Duomo di Ravello, along with several cafes. Continue reading Ravello & Villa Cimbrone