Travel Stories

Around the world in… a life time! Stories from my various travels, mostly edible.

In 2009, hubby and I embarked on a trip of a lifetime, visiting 26 cities in 6 months. I’ve posted a lot of our adventures, but there are still so many in the archives plus more trips to come!

Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park {Review}

Posted on May 19, 2014


This post is sponsored by Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park.

What’s the most stressful part of a family holiday for you? Is it the packing, the forgetting something or the kids not sleeping because you’ve relaxed the rules and they’ve eaten too much junk? Yep, me too.

But you know the MOST stressful part for us? The travel. Those awful early morning car trips to the airport, trying to keep the kids happy and quiet in small seats, navigating new terrain (and nearly ending your marriage because ‘someone’ can’t read a map – yes, that’s me), and the list goes on.

If we could eliminate travel altogether, that would be a great holiday for us. So we did.

We had a staycation (as opposed to a va(cate)cation). We holidayed just 20 minutes from our house, and we loved it! On the first night we were treated to the most amazing sunset, as you can see above. This spectacular act of nature slowly formed as we watched from the balcony of our two bedroom waterfront bungalow. It was the perfect start to our holiday. (more…)


Posted on February 4, 2012

Hi there from the NSW North Coast!

The Fig & Cherry family are taking a well-deserved break, so posts will be sporadic over the next week as we swim, nap, relax and eat our way around the Northern Rivers area.

As you can see, Poppy likes to chill out on the lounge and watch music videos via the ABC for Kids app (it’s a lifesaver!). (more…)

Foreign Food Fridays: Turkish Gozleme

Posted on August 19, 2011

I have been reminiscing this week because in August 2009 we were living it up in Istanbul during Ramadan.

It was such an amazing experience to see the massive food parties, picnics and street festivals that started once the sun went down. Those Turks certainly know how to eat with gusto and it was pure joy to join in the fun (although we did eat during the day as well!).

One of our favourite lunch meals was Gozleme, or Turkish pancake, filled with cheese or spinach and cheese. This particular restaurant had the cooking hot plates in the centre of the seating area so you could watch them being made. (more…)

Foreign Food Fridays: Patatas bravas

Posted on April 22, 2011

Patatas bravas! The definitive Spanish tapas dish.

Fried chunks or slices of potato with a spicy tomato sauce, sometimes creamy, sometimes mayo on top, as seen here. Always delicious.

We tried literally dozens of versions in various tapas bars in Barcelona, Roses, Madrid and Bilbao during our two trips to Spain in 2009.

This one, from Albert Adria’s tapas bar Inopia, was high up on the list, but the best version was in a tiny place in the suburbs near where we were staying. However we never took a photo – we were too busy tucking in and slurping down cold beer or sangria!

Back in the here and now though, I’m wishing you and your families a safe and happy Easter. We are breaking our family tradition of lamb for Sunday lunch and cooking up rolled pork roasts with thick crackling. What are you making?

Have a great Easter weekend, Christie x

Foreign Food Fridays: Barcelona, Spain

Posted on April 1, 2011

Foreign Food Fridays is back! My mind has been invaded by the travel bug lately, so I’ve been going through the pics from our 2009 adventures and re-living our trip of a lifetime all over again.

Here are some super fresh mussels we devoured at Cal Pinxo restaurant in Barcelona. Yes, that is also a luscious jug of Sangria in the background.

I was reminded of this spectacular meal as a very good friend of mine has just been to Barcelona. I’ll go back there someday.

Have a great weekend! Christie x

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