Sunny Sixties in Palm Springs

It can be searingly hot in Palm Springs but it’s well worth tearing yourself away from the swimming pool and chilled martini, to tour the legendary mid-century modern residence at Sunnylands, with its park like grounds, sustainable desert gardens, bird tours and breathtaking views  of the San Jacinto Mountains. This story was in Travel + Indulgence .Sunny lands Palm Springs


Isla Holbox : Mexico’s kooky Caribbean Island

Why you should get to Mexico’s kooky Caribbean Island as soon as you can…

The tiny island of Holbox (say ‘ol-bosh’, or Mexicans don’t know what you’re talking about), is a short ferry ride off the north coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and a million miles from the glitzy Vegas-style resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

It’s been billed as “the next Tulum”, that boho-chic strip of Caribbean coast that’s all pale sand, turquoise waters, yoga, fashionistas and hip bars. But it’s not.  See my story at 9Travel.Holbox, Mexico , margaret barca

Chilling in Palm Springs

California’s Palm Springs is hot – in more ways than one  – but when the mercury is rising the best way by far to chill out is to find yourself a banana lounge, order a cocktail  and chill out at one of the oh-so-cool pools. Here are a few of our favourites. Check them out on 9 Travel here


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La Dolce Vita – a sparkling road trip in the King Valley

There’s a friendly low-key charm to this peaceful valley at the foot of the Victorian Alps, the perfect detour off the Hume Highway or a destination in itself. Vineyards and wineries specialising in sparkling Prosecco, back-country roads, old tobacco sheds entwined with wisteria and a strong Italian heritage are part of the region’s unique charm. Click on the link to see the full story from Australia & New Zealand magazine


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How cool is that? The ice cream capital

Perhaps it’s Melbourne’s Italian heritage, perhaps it’s just the foodie obsession that seems to cut through everything the city does, but there’s some fabulous ice cream creations going down – Matcha Adzuki, Mango & Peanut Streusel –  summer and winter. Double cone for me please.  See the full story at Australian Traveller


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