Aerial view of the Tahiti Intercontinental Hotel. Photo: Tahiti Intercontinental Hotel

Four star luxury in a South Pacific paradise

The Tahiti Intercontinental Hotel “Tahiti”. For westerners the name conjures up visions of swaying palm trees, golden sand, sparkling blue lagoons and colours as brilliant as those painted by Paul ... Read More
The Aranui 5 passenger/cargo ship unloading at the dock in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands.

The Aranui 5 cargo/passenger ship

Aranui – the great highway In the nineteen-fifties the Chinese-Tahitian Wong family started a shipping company operating the Aranui, a freighter sailing to the islands of French Polynesia. Later the ... Read More
Poster for 'An Evening of Opera Highlights', the Anna Netrebko concert at the Sydney Opera House, 24 October 2017.

An evening of opera highlights – Anna Netrebko concert in Sydney

Anna Netrebko Anna Netrebko is the best soprano in the world, the reigning prima donna of the 21st Century. She has been thrilling opera fans for over two decades not ... Read More
The stunning view of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House seen from the 31st floor Intercontinental Club lounge.

Staying at the Intercontinental – Sydney’s most iconic hotel

The Intercontinental location We've just returned from a short trip to Sydney and once again we stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Macquarie Street. The hotel is just a few ... Read More
Phil and Wendy enjoying dinner together in Air New Zealand business premier

10 reasons I love Air New Zealand Business Premier

Flying Air New Zealand Back in the days of 767s, Air New Zealand's business class section only had sit-up-and-beg seats. They reclined but not very far. The food and wine ... Read More
Amtrak's Southwest Chief stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the way from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Why you should travel Amtrak sleeper class to Chicago

Why take the train? A couple of years ago we flew in to Los Angeles from Rarotonga, on the way to Boston to see our American cousins. It seemed like ... Read More
Final moments on the stage at Leonard Cohen's last concert in Auckland, New Zealand on 21 December 2013

Leonard Cohen’s Last Concert

Leonard Cohen's last concert Leonard Cohen's last concert was at the Vector Arena in Auckland on 21 December 2013. We were there. It was the final stop on a sixteen-month ... Read More
Cruising the Mekong River in Laos

Cruising down the river

One of our favourite ways to travel is cruising along the rivers of South East Asia on a Pandaw river boat. No dragging suitcases from place to place, no unpacking ... Read More
Le Du Restaurant - Bangkok's hidden star

Le Du Restaurant – Bangkok’s hidden star

Le Du It might sound French but Le Du means season in Thai and this restaurant makes a point of using fresh seasonal Thai ingredients to produce delicious, eye-catching dishes ... Read More