Taronga Zoo

The view from Taronga Zoo

The view from Taronga Zoo

In the true spirit of Mothers Day, we did what every mother would want to do – spend time with the family. So, we went the zoo! We tried to not act like monkeys, or squawk like the local birdlife but for some of us, it was just a little too much. It was a beautiful fall day – crystal clear skies and warm enough to keep us there until closing. I’ve been to a number of zoos across the world, and while Taronga Zoo might not have the most amazing collection of animals or the most stunning of enclosures, it has a view that is unmatched.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery of the Taronga Zoo for additional pictures (external link).

Four Seasons Resort at Haulalai

Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai

Meticulously groomed grounds, and a throwback to Hawai’i of yesteryear, the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai is a beautiful destination on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Next to the Kona Village Resort on the Kona-Kohala Coast, the Four Seasons was recently name the Best Large Resort of 2009 by Zagat surveys.

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Ten things to love about Kaua’i, courtesy of Colbie Caillat

When visiting Kaua’i, there’s an endless list of activities and great qualities about this green gem in the middle of the Pacific. Thanks to Colbie Caillat, and her film clip “The Little Things” (filmed entirely on the island of Kaua’i), here are ten things you must see and/or do when you visit the Garden Isle.

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A day at sea on the James Craig

I tend to geek out on the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos, in an attempt to stay up to date on what’s new in the marketplace. Today however, I took a step back in time, and turned into a little boy on board the James Craig, a 3-masted, 19th Century barque from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. This was truly a spectacular day at sea – reaching around 8 knots at full sail in the waters just off of Sydney!

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Katoomba, Leura, and the Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters

Unlike the Northern Hemisphere, there’s no major holiday to break up the monotony of winter. While the cold weather in Australia isn’t all that cold (at least in Sydney), winter is still long enough and cold enough to make you wish it was summer again. This weekend, after living in Australia for almost three years, I ventured up into the Blue Mountains and to the towns of Leura and Katoomba and spent the day on a short bushwalk, followed by a fantastic brownie and coffee in a small, cozy cafe on the main street of Leura – an artsy little mountain town with wonderfully overpriced souvenirs and homewares (stuff I’d actually buy, but could find cheaper elsewhere).

The day never reached 10c, and the rain was on and off throughout the day, but it kind of made for a cozy day – especially whilst sipping on a flat white and eating a VERY decadent brownie at Cafe Josophan’s, a fine chocolatier.

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