Old Mate, Saint Mark

If you’re heading to Venice, whether or not you’d planned on it, you’ll almost inevitably visit the famed St Mark’s Square. St Mark’s Square (or piazza san Marco to the Italians) is the main public square in Venice, named as such for the cathedral down the Eastern End dedicated to old mate, Saint Mark. As one of the main “attractions” in the city, it was imperative that when we visited Venice, the square was on the list of things to see.

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Monkeying Around in Ubud

If you are heading to Indonesia, one of the best ways to get wild is to experience the wildlife. Specifically, the monkeys. Bali has three main monkey forests regulated so that tourists can visit the areas, with the most famous one being located up in the North, in the beautiful historic town of Ubud. The monkey forest was right down the road from our hotel, as if we needed more of an excuse to visit! We were very fortunate to get the inside scoop on monkeying around in Ubud, including how to handle the forest before we went there from our super-handy guide, Kiwi, and boy did his tips come in handy…

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The Forgotten Facts of Venice

Venice, the famously romantic Italian city, is renowned for the canals that wind through the city. It’s not even remotely surprising that the city is absolutely flooded with tourists, estimated to average 50,000 new visitors each day (pretty significant amount, considering the “permanent” population is only around 70,000). While these tourists flood to Venice to observe the gorgeous architecture, art and the famous canals, for me, the history of the city turned out to be the greatest attraction.

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Brisbane by Night

It may only be because I’ve lived here for so long that I feel like this, but one of the things that I am constantly thankful for in Brisbane is how safe it is to walk around at night.ย Thank god too, because this city sure is beautiful at night! This is just some snaps from a little stroll I took with my fellow Potterhead Amy a couple of weeks back.

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Will You Go Out To Muir Woods Today?

Lets talk about trees. Now, it would be a total lie to say that I travelled across the world toย examine different eco-cultures, but appreciate what nature has to offer up there? That I can get amongst! Outside of San Francisco, we compensated for missing our tour to Yosemite with an, albeit smaller, but still impressive national park.

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The Top 20 Hidden Views of Cinque Terre

I’m going to make a very big call here. Cinque Terre, in the North of Italy, is literally the most beautiful place I have ever been. And I have been some pretty beautiful places. Personally, I think Cinque Terre appealed so much to me because it combined everything I love in one place. You have the beautiful Mediterranean, mountain views, gorgeous vineyards, fishing boats, and best of all, a lot of little hidden gems, thanks to the Italians habit of putting things in random places.

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A Shoukingly Good Breakfast

Brisbane foodies have been losing their mind over Paddington’s Shouk Cafe’ recently, so of course when I finally got a day off I headed straight over to check it out! Going in with such high expectations is always a risky move, but when those expectations get met, it’s a really good time.

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Brisbane’s Worst Vegetarian Restaurant

While I like to think I am fairly open-minded, being vegetarian is something that is definitely not for me; mostly because there are few foods I enjoy more then a big, juicy steak. Considering there are few things more Australian then steak, the family and I heading out on Australia Day to a place I imagine vegos call “hell”.

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The Red-Hot Ginger Pig of Byron

The two greatest things, in my opinion, about living in Australia are beach trips and great food, and if I can have a day that combines those two things, well, that is just the best time ever.

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Hopping out for scotch and beans

While hops scotch and beans may sounds like some strange mix of a child’s game and a bedtime story, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll improve your coordination or score magic beans at this Paddington bar and cafe’. Hops scotch and beans is a cafe’, bar and kitchen in Brisbane’s Paddington up on Petrie Terrace.

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