All posts filed under: Travel

Canyons in the Blue Mountains

We took a trip deep into the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney to find some canyons that we heard you could explore by floating down them. It turned out to be beautiful down there and no one around for miles. I took a small film camera with me and tried to capture some of the journey. A few hours trekking in and out saw 5 hours of this… Advertisements

24hrs in Melbourne

There’s a reason Melbourne’s been voted the most liveable city in the world for the 5th year running, hundreds of reasons in fact. Why else do you think we moved here from London? 24 hours is never going to be long enough but here are some of our favorite things for you to check out in Eight Hours does 24hours in Melbourne with Eventbrite: COFFEE: Lawson Grove Cafe You can’t start a day in Melbourne without a coffee, it’s pretty much the law here. One of my favorite places is a bit of a hidden secret, Lawson Grove Café is a local treasure, places this good don’t come about often so definitely worth checking out. ACTIVITY: Walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens Coffee in hand take a stroll along the river towards the Botanical Gardens, the most beautiful place around, just wander through or sit and relax by the lake. In Summer they even hold a Moonlight Cinema in front of the water with the city as the backdrop. Think of the Instragram potential. BREAKFAST: Uncommon I’m not ashamed …

Death Valley Road Trip

Death Valley – doesn’t exactly sound like somewhere three girls should drive out to in the middle of the night to camp out, something smells like American horror story. But I can promise you when you crawl out of your tent at 5am for the sunrise it’s all going to be more than worth it. It’s going to take away the painful memory of that 4 hour drive out of Vegas, your hire car breaking within the first half hour forcing you to turn back and the manual labour of lugging all those gallons of water into the boot because Death Valley hands down has some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. You have never seen such a unique variety of landscapes in one place, no pictures, words or Instagram filters seem to do justice – trust me we’ve tried, leaving you no choice but to take our word for it and go and see for yourself. After 2 nights in Vegas you couldn’t get further away (literally – we drove to California for gods sake) …

Viva Las Vegas

What’s a trip to America without including a wild weekend to Vegas – a missed opportunity that’s what. When the chance came up in New York to go for the weekend I’d booked my flight quicker than you can say The Hangover. It was always going to happen, I mean come on…it’s Vegas, I’ve been planning a trip here ever since CSI Las Vegas first came into my life. And flights are surprisingly cheap and dangerously convenient, we flew Friday afternoon – arrived at 9pm and left Tuesday on the red eye landing at 5.30am, perfect for all those hungover businessmen to stumble bleery eyed straight into the office – we saw you. We were staying at The Paris, so perfectly cliche Vegas – but also my favourite casino, that outdoor-indoor theme was a nice improvement from some of the low ceiling smoke dens you find in the other places.  It’s pretty obvious what your weekend is going to consist of, of course there was a few cliche things I wanted to do: place a bet (and obviously lose) walk the strip, see …

A Picture is Worth a Thousands Words

As much as I love to read and write I firmly believe the saying: A picture is worth a thousands words. I have one very old, very tattered photograph that I carry around with me where ever I travel, half the time I probably forget it’s even in my purse but just a quick glimpse of the faded picture and I get such an overwhelming feeling of emotion that this one tiny picture is worth more to me in sentimental value than if my purse was overflowing with notes. I think we all have that picture, that image of something or someone that is so important and personal to us. Photographs are powerful – each one has a story. There’s something so special about being able to look at a moment that someone has carefully captured in a photograph, it’s right there in front of you offering you an insight to that experience, it doesn’t matter what it is because at that moment it meant something: We take so many photographs all the time, especially when we travel, of the places, the people, the food, …

24hours in NYC: Food itinerary

24 hours in New York what’s your plan? I’m not talking a trip up the Top of the Rock, I’m talking about where are you going to eat? It is my firm belief that all great plans begin, feature and end with a great meal, so if this sounds like your kind of itinerary then I think we are going to get along just fine. I’m thinking: 1 city – 24 hours – 3 meals = 3 amazing restaurants to visit? Let’s cut straight to the chase, there’s food involved and we never mess around with restaurants. These three are my favorite places I have visited in the last two weeks so I promise you they will not disappoint. Just prepare yourself for a busy day and make sure you’re wearing baggy trousers (think Joey from Friends in his Thanksgiving pants) and don’t worry if you feel guilty after I have just the solution: you can work it off the next day at a Trapeze class? I have literally thought of everything. Now get to …

Trapeze School in New York

My biggest challenge in the morning is how quickly I can get coffee, it does not normally include being strapped into a harness and swinging through the air in Manhattan, but after a morning at Trapeze School New York safe to say I’ve been starting the day completely wrong. This has to be one of the funnest mornings I have had in a long time, now all I need is someone to appreciate my Sex and the City reference because yesterday that bombed almost as quickly as I slipped off the trapeze. Please tell me someone’s seen the episode where Carrie tries this? Anyone? I mean seriously just look at these photographs, how random is this? I challenge you to find a more unique activity in Manhattan. And what’s better, literally anyone can have a go, you could be the least flexible person around and just swing back and forth a few times, it’s about enjoying the experience and just having fun. There’s no pressure and you’ll feel right at ease with the lovely staff, which always helps when I propel myself face first into the safety net. And …