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Essaouira 2012

While in Marrakech, I wanted to arrange at least one day trip to experience something different. Many of the options just weren’t practical if you were bringing a baby with you. (Hiking the Atlas Mountains? Errr… No thanks!) However, the driver I’d hired to shuttle us from the airport suggested a visit to Essaouira, a small town on Africa’s Atlantic…

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Marrakech 2012

For the third Christmas in a row I was off to foreign climes. This time I was heading to north east Africa to experience the madness of Marrakech – and taking a baby with me?! (My own baby. I hadn’t stolen someone else’s!!) I normally stay in budget and mid-range hotels when I travel. But, with a not-yet-one-year-old in tow,…

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Kuala Lumpur 2012

I’d been to Kuala Lumpur once before. However, this time I was going to Malaysia on the invitation of the Prime Minister – who I wasn’t able to meet – and the Deputy Prime Minister – who generously had dinner with me. Getting to mix with Malaysia’s political and cultural elite at various ceremonies and events is one of the…

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Hong Kong 2012

I didn’t really visit Hong Kong. I just had a 12-hour layover on my way to Malaysia, and thought I’d make the most of it by doing a little bit of sightseeing. I’d packed my camera in my luggage and didn’t have access to it. (Rookie mistake!!) So only managed to take just a handful of pictures with my phone……

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Doha 2012

OK, so here’s the thing. I went to Doha, the capital of Qatar, for professional reasons and took quite a few photos. However, I’d ordered a cheap SD card off ebay and… surprise! It failed dramatically before I could even get my photos off it. The lesson here is: BUY YOUR MEMORY CARDS FROM AMAZON! Only one photo survived. I…

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Australian Safari 2012

When applying for my Australian Visa, under “purpose of visit” I put down “eco-tourism”. And I wasn’t lying. You can’t really travel this close to the South Pole and NOT see penguins in their natural habitat!! And how could I resist a chance to see some Koalas, Emus, Wallabies and Kanagaroos?? There are two ways you can choose to see…

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Melbourne 2012

OK, I’ve got a confession. Despite it being the cultural capital of the nation, I wasn’t really that interested in Melbourne itself, so I was only there for a couple of days and the weather was so atrocious. Thankfully, once again, I was staying at an Intercontinental hotel and it was a pretty comfortable place to wait out the torrential…

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Blue Mountains 2012

Being based in Sydney gives you the opportunity to jump on the train at Sydney Central and head across to the Blue Mountains – but definitely set off early so you can make the most of it in the day. (Not much point staying overnight, in all honestly.) The Blue Mountains are both a National Park and a UNESCO World…

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Sydney 2012

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d get to see Australia in person. However, I happened to be in Asia. And thanks to budget airline Air Asia’s exceptionally low fares, and my willingness to travel with just one bag, it suddenly seemed to be within the realms of possibility. Unfortunately, I would only have a week in…

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Kandy 2012

This was the LAST Sri Lankan Kingdom, before it was captured by the British Empire about 200 years ago. Today it’s known as the country’s cultural capital. The city of Kandy sits on a plateau in central Sri Lanka, surrounded by mountains, and is famous for its many temples, with the main attraction being the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth…

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