Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Post flu lethargy and a busy weekend have not been conducive to blog writing! With another wild and wet weekend we are beginning to think spring has got lost en route to Perth this year! C’est pas normale! So on this chilly Sunday evening, it’s nice to be able to carry on sorting though the …

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After our lovely cruise on board the gorgeous old Milano (see here) we set off to explore the ancient Abbazia di Piona. Highly recommended by our tour guide, Julia, (from our day out in St Moritz), it is not as well known as other places on Lake Como and on this particular April afternoon we …

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This is a postscript to last week’s post, ” A Walk To Villa del Balbianello” as I subsequently discovered a further set of holiday photos hiding on the iPad! As well as more photos of the stunning Villa del Balbianello, there are some of the rest of our walk round the pretty little town of …

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Sometimes I find the best days on our holidays are when we make no plans at all. We had one of those a few years back when we were staying in central Switzerland (Serendipity In Switzerland see here). Our first full day on Lake Como turned out to be serendipitous too! A wild storm the previous …

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Yallingup is the pretty coastal settlement that we’ve used as our base for our last couple of trips down to the South West Cape Region of WA.  As you will have gathered from last week’s post (Yallingup Part 1) it is a beautiful, unspoilt and relatively remote part of the world. You certainly need a …

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Last week I wrote about yet another delicious lunch we had at one of our favourite South West places, Cullen Winery (see here). Keen to see the beautiful gardens we headed outside and discovered a new treasure – a self-guided tour of their Biodynamic Garden. It is a fairly new addition opened in 2013 though …

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We have only a few days left with Mlle, our younger daughter, before she heads off back to London. On New Year’s Eve we had a lovely walk followed by morning tea at beautiful Kings Park.  I wrote a piece about this lovely area of bushland and park quite recently (see here) but that only …

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If you buy a calendar of Perth there is a good chance that the cover photo will be a wonderful view of the city overlooking the Swan River and the CBD. These photos are usually taken from the Mount Eliza lookout in Kings Park. Perched on top of the hill, the 400 hectare park affords …

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Our home from home during our few days in London was the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel, not surprisingly situated in the famous fictional detective’s stomping ground of Baker Street. It was the perfect location for us, as we wished to be close to the Baker Street Underground for easy accessibility to our daughter, Mlle’s …

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It was a lovely spring day in Munich, but alas stricken with the flu we didn’t have much energy for exploring. Luckily for us we were staying in central Munich only about 10 minutes or so (at ambling pace!) from the famous Englischer Garten. We decided a couple of hours sitting in the sun would …

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