Monday, 5 December 2011

Red Carnation - Best Bakery - Sovereign Hill - Pacific Arts Festival - Globus US

John Crook
Red Carnation
This group of high end hotels includes '41' in London. It is a discreet haven for comfort and style.  There is a great offer in the regards to packages.  An offer is available for those who book a Magical London deal which is inclusive of so many goodies,- quality goodies at that. Two nights accommodation, a warm drink on arrival, a full English breakfast daily, a festive afternoon tea (not available December 25), a festive turndown treat at bedtime, free movies, a 6.00pm checkout on day of departure, and for guests staying on Christmas Eve a stocking full of delightful surprises. For all the details go visit
My best baker recommendation
I judge the places I visit by the quality of the town's local bakery, or rather the baker's breads. Naturally enough, there is some difficulty to do justice to the hundreds of bakeries in this country, you will just have to leave it to me to be as fair as possible.  Until I find better I'm putting my hand up to salute the Romsey Bakery, in the tiny village of  same name.   In most cases, particularly at weekends, the 'sold out' sign is displayed  before 11.00 in the morning.  Romsey is north of Melbourne,- and is well supported by air crews who call Romsey 'home'.  The pies and treats are also in first class mode.
But first, it's Ballarat
Let's take in Sovereign Hill (part of the Ballarat scene). Every day from December 26  until January 28 2012, Sovereign Hill will host fun filled activities. New theatre performances, treasure hunts, underground tour, music and art are all part and parcel just waiting for you and the kids.
For all the details grab control of your computer and go visit  or telephone (03) 9836 2167
11th Festival of Pacific Arts

Honiara is the location for the 11th Festival of Arts  between July 1 to 14 2012.  Featuring 2,500 performers, artists and Cultural practitioners from 27 countries.  The fist thing I would be pursuing is availability of accommodation, which I imagine would be in great demand.  For all the details on travel, accommodation and cultural activities (watch this space), or Google 11th Festival of Pacific Arts.
Globus and Cosmos have formed a partnership with US National Parks which allows special exclusive deals in America's pristine wilderness. Every passenger from Australia makes a charitable donation. In return the tour groups of Globus and Cosmos have access to accommodation within the spectacular national arts including Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon as well as special tour experiences such as four-wheel drive adventure through Monument Valley, with a Navajo guide.  Wowee !!!   Contact your travel agent of go visit or
* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.   

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