Friday, September 28, 2012


Oman is the most incredible place on earth...the natural landscape is so amazing it feels like a movie set.  I actually went swimming in this valley, with the fish (Wadi Tiwi)

When you get thirsty, try fresh coconut juice from any roadside stall...very cool. I thought these were only in Asia...

This is the The Chedi Hotel, if you really want to escape from reality and relax.

And the most beautiful mosque , close competition to the blue mosque in Istanbul, if I may say.

And the Omani people, really warm, friendly, relaxed, well-traveled and intelligent.

One of my favourite places, definitely.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Bling Bling Bling...and OMG how short can someone's skirt go...that's Dubai in a nut shell..for me...

The biggest, tallest, hugest, highest...but credit to them, it's becoming the travel central for global citizens and the pick for celebrities and gigs.

Things to do: shop shop shop shop

Wear: Anything...lots of expats and foreigners here so it looks like a multicultural euro soup mix, the girls look like they've just stepped out of a magazine, there seems to be no limit to how short the skirts can go and how high the heels can be before a major disaster happens infront of a Bentley...or a Toyota.

Stay: There are awesome hotels in Dubai, lots of new, lots of shiney, lots of 5 star.

Beware: Burj Khalifa - the tallest...highest...etc etc think about booking tickets online at least 10 days prior as you won't be able to stroll straight in...

Burj Al Arab - 7 star hotel requires you to make a lunch booking (approx 250AED) or be a guest at the hotel or you won't be able to get in

Atlantis has an awesome water park..but it's very much got a Las Vegas feel to it, so best for families, not the quiet solo business traveller.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Zealand's Vineyard Oasis

If you want to escape from life, this is the place to go.

Go in winter, you'll see this view from your cottage deck but the mountains will be covered in snow, with frost on the grass under your feet.

Like all the places in the world that seem like a dream, you'll have to make the effort to get here (long drive but worth it). There are 2 cabins (cottages) on this property (vineyard) and the main house that the owners live on.  Your cabin is fully self-contained with breakfast provided.

The photos on the website don't do it justice, just believe me it was surreal.

Where is it?'ll have to promise me that you'll bring me back a wine if you do go....Walnut Block Cottages - Marlborough Region, a few hours drive from Christchurch, New Zealand.