Where am I Wednesday?

Today’s Where am I Wednesday is brought to you by our marvellously well-travelled contributor, Maggie Videan of par excellence. Where was she when she took this shot? First person to get this right wins a bottle of wine. That is how much I love you people – I am willing to share my stash!

Travel product review: Travel stories with a twist


Travel stories with a twist By Maggie Videan Corban & Blair purveyors of fine stationery products have launched a brand new set of Travel Stories ‘conversation starters’. These nifty little sets of cards get people talking about their trips away. We liked the idea so much we snaffled a set to giveaway – that’s how […]

Perth perhaps by Maggie Videan


Perth perhaps? By Maggie Videan Depending on where you live, Perth is a decent old flight for us Easterners. It is five hours over and, with tail winds, about four hours back. So, ideally, you may want to spend more than a few days there or try and work in another Western Australian destination to make the […]

Hollywood Hobart on the Cold Coast

Hollywood Hobart on the Cold Coast By Maggie Videan This is the story I don’t want anyone to read. Please don’t visit. I would like to find Hobart the same; a quiet, mostly forgotten township oozing with mix of a historic charm and organic character. Unlike its sun bleached vacation rivals of the northern states, Hobart is best visited […]

Off the beaten track in Ooty


Off the beaten track in Ooty By Maggie Videan Where did you say that was? Never heard of it? Possibly not! Ooty is a forgotten hill station located 2000 metres above sea level in the Nilgris in Southern India. Alive with industry, it has a delightful climate, friendly locals and a history harking back to British India. Ooty […]


Bangalore! By Maggie Videan It’s taken me 25 years to return to my homeland. That being the case, I started out in Bangalore, a city renowned for service and IT industries. As soon as I arrived, it was quite apparent why it had taken me so long to return. India is confronting. The crowds, the poverty […]

Hungry in Hanoi

Hungry in Hanoi By Maggie Videan Hanoi is a wonderful city, busy and bustling, with a feast of fabulous local eateries that are well priced and boast wonderful fare. As such, my short sojourn in Hanoi was enhanced by the fact that I am such a ‘foodie’; I was in my element out and about savouring […]