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Address:106 Johnsonville RoadWellington
I had previously transited
through Singapore Airport but never ventured out. I recently had the
opportunity to spend a few days in this wonderful city and only wish I had done
this sooner! There is so much to see and do with my particular favourites
being the Gardens by the Bay, we visited both the flower dome and the cloud
forest; and dinner at Marina Bay Sands which is an iconic hotel and with
amazing views over the city at night. I also enjoyed the
obligatory Singapore sling at the newly refurbished Raffles Hotel! If shopping
is something you enjoy then Singapore has it all too, from the old Arab quarter,
the many malls and the stunning new ‘Jewel’ there will be something for every
kind of shopper.
The city is very easy to get
around, the MRT underground is cheap, all in English and very clean and tidy,
and taxis are everywhere, metered and affordable.
This is a great destination
for al travellers and also has a lot to offer families. Take a trip to Sentosa Island
and take in Universal Studios, the water park or the luge. Or a trip to the zoo
I did not have enough time
to see everything but will be back in the not too distant future for sure!
We decided to escape the Wellington winter for a bit of sun and headed to the Gold Coast. This is one of Kiwis’ most popular holiday destinations and it is easy to see why:
There are plenty of direct flights from Wellington into both Brisbane and the
Gold Coast and within 4 hours you can be 10 – 15 degrees warmer.
With two children aged 9 and 7 theme parks were always going to be on the agenda. There are a lot to choose from – Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild are just some
of them. Our kids especially enjoyed Wet’n’Wild with the pools, slides and
rides providing endless fun.
However, our favourite
park was Australia Zoo on the Sunshine coast. The crocodile hunter Steve Irwin
made this park famous and his family still run it. It is about 90 minutes north
of the Gold Coast and you can either take a coach from the Gold Coast or hire a car and drive up. The Zoo prides itself on its conservation work and the
whole day was not entertaining, educational and well worth the trip.
On my last trip back to the UK I decided to take the family to London and Paris too as these cities never get tired to me! Arriving into London we took the Heathrow Express train to Paddington and stayed close by. From there we explored the first day on foot. It was an easy walk through Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace and then on to Big Ben. We took a ride on the London Eye before using the underground to get back to the hotel. An Oyster Card is a good way to travel on public transport and acts like the snapper card but can be used on the Underground, buses, light rail and trains. The next day we took in a few of the museums – The Natural History Museum was great and is free to enter. We then finished off with a tour of the Tower of London which is almost 1,000 years old in places and full of history and great stories.
Next day we travelled to Paris and took the Eurostar. This was by far a better option than flying between these cities. We checked in 45 minutes prior to departure and then just over 2 hours later we were getting off in the centre of Pars. (If you are visiting both cities then doing London first will save you around $150 per person in departure taxes per person). Paris is a beautiful city and we
took an open top bus ride to get a feel for the locations. Choosing to get off
at the Eiffel Tower – make sure to book in advance if you want to go up for a
view! We also took in a cruise on the Seine which to Notre Dame Cathedral. We visited before the fire last year, but hopefully it will be repaired in the
next year. This was all we had time for this trip but I would strongly recommend
a day trip out if you have the time – Disneyland is great with the kids and the
Palace of Versailles is my personal favourite. I can’t wait to go back!