Mykonos: Morning Glory

Quiet before the storm. The clubs and bars are quiet. Early morning on the streets of Mykonos makes you forget it is known as the party island of Greece.  Take a walk along Little Venice and listen to the waves pound against the sea wall, sending sprays of water onto the empty tables of last night’s bars.  A peaceful calmness has settled over the town. The  narrow, cobblestoned labyrinth of streets are yours to get lost in and explore.  The streets were designed this way to confuse the pirates of the Mediterranean many years ago.  Finish your walk at the open air theatre where you may run into the local hero of Mykonos – Petros the Pelican.

Take a walk virtual walk through the cobbled streets of Chora Town on Mykonos Island below.

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Why International Tea Day?

Tea is the most consumed drink after water which supports the data collected by the Australian marketing company Roy Morgan Research. In 2016, 9.8 million Australians preferred tea over other hot beverages with that figure increasing in 2019 to over 15.2 million.

While the benefits of tea drinking are widely known like boosting immunity and aiding in weight loss, what you may not realise is that your favourite tea may have been produced by workers forced to work in unsatisfactory working conditions.

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Famous Bones of the Catacombs

Did you know that the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris attracted visitors even before modern day tourism. Even before the last bones were moved there in 1814. They have been a major attraction for centuries, with the larger underground crypt areas said to be used as joining concert halls in the 1800s. The ambience and acoustics were great for reverberating sound.

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When Life (almost) Imitates Fiction

This week we travel into the future, but it is may not be a future you want to live in. Imagine a world without technology. No mobile phones. No computers, laptops, tablets. No electricity. No petrol to run your vehicles. No money or credit cards. I’m scaring you now, right?

This is exactly what you will discover when you read Station Eleven, a best selling novel by Emily St John Mandel. But, as you read, you will start to notice a resemblance to the events of 2020.  Fortunately, life didn’t get to the extremes written in the book, but it does give food for thought about where we could have ended up.

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Why travel is good for your mental health

As parts of the world emerge from a year (and a bit) of lockdown, we are seeing an increase in requests for mental health assistance. These reports are not surprising considering that humans need real social interaction to thrive. As a traveller, you would have spent the past year wondering when you will be able to get out and meet other people and communicate in real time again. Social meetups were key to you maintaining your optimal health and wellbeing.

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Photo Essay: Burchardt Gardens

Canada has many beautiful gardens, but none are more gorgeous than those at the Burchardt Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. The moment you walk through the front gates is like stepping into a garden oasis. A place to stop, reflect, relax and appreciate the beauty around us.

Anzac Day 2021

Although Australia is recovering well from the events of 2020 (COVID-19) this year’s Anzac Day commemorative services will once again be scaled back. Only a handful of people will be able to attend the popular Dawn Services around the country. Those who are not able to secure a special ticket are encouraged to participate at home by standing on their driveways with candles.

Despite the scaled back services, Australians and their New Zealand colleagues will come together in spirit to remember those who fought at Anzac Cove.

Travel Bubble Opens Between Australia and New Zealand

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was ripped away from us as we were all sent into lockdown. But today it was officially announced that a trans Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will open. Just in time for Anzac Day.

Of course there will be strict rules in place, including if there is the hint of an outbreak then the doors will be slammed shut again. On a positive note, no quarantine will be required on either side of the Tasman. So travellers can walk straight out the airport and once again enjoy freedom.

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was a thing. The events of 2020 has shown us that putting people close together in small spaces is a haven for spreading disease quickly. Will we see history repeat itself, or has society learned the valuable lesson 2020 brought to us.

Let’s pray that this is the beginning of travel being accessible again so that we can enjoy the beauty and culture our planet has to offer – in a sustainable and mindful way.

A Date with YOU this Valentine’s Day

Self love – to truly love another, one must first love, respect and know thyself.

This week I am posting a piece I wrote for my new upcoming online meditation and holistic health business. On Valentine’s Day, the focus is on showing others love. However, before you can fully appreciate someone else; you must first know yourself.

Do you dread each year when the first signs of Valentine’s Day appear? Everywhere you turn there is some reminder that society is telling us that we need to go out and spend money on things we may not normally spend it on. Such as: fancy dinners, champagne, fine wine, expensive gifts, bouquets of roses and indulging in other unhealthy eating habits and behaviours.

The pressure to create the perfect evening can cause you more stress and have the opposite affect than the one you intend.

❤️ Is this really the way society has embedded it into our minds that this is how to show someone you love them?

🧡 Is this how societal beliefs have led us to show how much we value someone?

💛 Do we believe that if we put others first they will love us and we will feel loved in return?

💚 This Valentine’s Day why not challenge yourself to practice self love?

💙 Why not take yourself on a date? A day and night where you focus on YOU.

It may be unnerving at first, especially when you see lots of couples out on romantic dates. But this Valentine’s Day, you have the opportunity to show yourself love – to put YOU first.

To get you started on planning your perfect date with you, below are some ideas how you can practice self-love on Valentine’s Day.

💕 Party of one for dinner

💕 Movie date night

💕 Indulge in a spa day

💕 Bubble bath and champagne

💕 Dress up for YOU

💕 Send yourself roses (or a gift you will enjoy)

💕 Cook YOUR favourite meal

Connect with your inner self this Valentine’s Day and become a healthier, happier, self-loving YOU. In return, you will discover the power and appreciation of strong love for others. 

If you would like to explore more about my meditation and holistic health venture, hop across to Living a Wholistic Life. I will be offering guided meditations and useful tips on how you can live the best life you dream of.