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CCC Rarotonga

Singing hymns and swinging hips in Rarotonga

We’re not what exactly what you’d call regular churchgoers. And by not regular I actually mean never. But in an effort to immerse ourselves into Rarotonga’s local culture, and out of respect for the local and their beliefs, we’ve found ourselves bathing in the glow of stained-glass in a pretty whitewashed church on a sunny […] Read more…

Happy kids in Raro

By Hook or by Cook – Cook Islands with kids

The best place, in my humble opinion, to start uncovering the real spirit of a new destination is via its local markets and we’re lucky to have arrived in Rarotonga early enough on a Saturday morning that we can join the locals for a stroll around Raro’s weekly Punanga Nui Markets. It is here that Sugarpuff thirstily […] Read more…

camel on the beach at Shangri-la Muscat

May the forts be with you // Muscat with kids

Traipsing through a foreign airport with two small people at 4am after ten hours in transit is the kind of behaviour that I’d ordinarily suggest parents be given some pretty intensive therapy for. But on this occasion (and with little choice in the timing) the tiny travellers are doing us proud, having pretty much snoozed […] Read more…

Black risotto

Pirates of Dubrovnik // crni rižot

“Land Ahoy” shouts Raffles, between a volley of “Arrhhs’ and “Yo ho ho’s”. As you do when sailing in to Dubrovnik’s Old Town on a timber galleon. The tiny traveller is convinced it is a real life pirate ship and, in a strange twist, it would appear the skipper concurs – proffering my small swashbuckler a feathered pirate […] Read more…

all tied up in knots over our wedding day.

There’s a hole in my bucket list

“Mama, what’s a bucket list?” asked Raffles after hearing someone drop the ubiquitous phrase in conversation. Which is how I found myself introducing Raffles to the concept of a “Bucket List” without sharing its more morbid connotations (something I’m not even remotely equipped to explain away to a four-year old).   To save myself from THAT […] Read more…

snowballs at thredbo kids

Thredbo: Ice Magic

“Mama, snow is cold”  declares Raffles  as we arrive at Thredbo. The boy is a genius. We’ve arrived at Thredbo Village just as tiny white flakes of snow start to fall from the sky. Perfect. Timing. Raffles has never seen snow but we are all mesmerised by the magical sight of the frosty ice fairies dancing about our car and […] Read more…

Whole lotta fun in Thredbo

Thredbo: Breaking the ice

Athletic is a word that I’m almost certain has never been used in a sentence that also contains my name. You see, I have all the sporting prowess of lichen and the agility of the average barnacle. Can I catch a ball? Not if the future of mankind depended on it. Swimming, you ask? I’m […] Read more…

Ships Galley

Voyager of the Seas: Kitchen Ahoy!

My kitchen is quite small. And when I say ‘small’ I mean that if it belonged to a guy he’d be buying a monster truck to compensate… if you catch my drift. I’ve always said it’s not the size that matters, it’s what you do with it that counts. Of course, I’ve usually been lying. […] Read more…

Raffles meets King Julien on Voyager of the Seas

Oh ship // Family fun on Voyager of the Seas

“Mama, I think it grew!” announces Raffles, stupefied, as we prepare to board Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas in Singapore. This isn’t our first voyage on this lovely lady but her enormous bulk is no less impressive the second time around.  In fact, I think we’d all forgotten just how buxom a beauty she […] Read more…

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