Author Archive for fionasteel

Onboard a Working Ship

According to legend, the name Norway comes from an old norse word Norðrvegr and means “the way north”. This name was given to the long, craggy coast because it was largely ice-free in the wintertime. Yesterday, we joined a Hurtigruten…

Turkish Delights

‘Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.’ – Gustave Flaubert I found it helpful to view this country extensively from on, sometimes from under and most memorably…  from above!    The Turkish…

My Big Fat Greek Holiday

♪♫Mamma Mia, how can I resist you? ♫♪♫  Of course there are no signs or directions! So we asked around and played a bit of follow the leader before lining up…. at the wrong boat! After a quick discussion made…

Revisits

Apparently, I don’t enjoy returning to destinations that I’ve visited previously. I guess it’s like eating that second ice-cream. While the first may have been the classic, culinary experience of a lifetime, that second yearned for repeat performance never quite…

Countdown

What things do you look forward to when you’re heading off on a trip? I’m about to escape from an Aussie winter and wing my way to where the cockles of my heart shall be ignited by a young friend’s…

From Russia With Love

The Best Bits CLASSIC CLOTHES – in particular…coats, hats and boots! European women wear their intimidation with classic styling while Russian women just nonchalantly wrap themselves in it before putting their best boot forward and strutting their confidence.  Note to self:…

Q&A: Siberian Sojourn

Seven Questions Only                     What did you expect to see? Gulags, frozen peasants and snow! Ok, so I needed an update since watching Dr Zhivago but isn’t that why we travel? What…

Genghis Khan and other Fun Facts

Top travel tips for Mongolia… Genghis Khan – pronounced and written Chinghis Khan but born ‘Temujin’; founder and Great Khan of the Mongel Empire; born about 1162 and died August 1227; was buried in a secret place and 600 horseman rode…