Sunday, 22 April 2012

Villa Villoresi - Kenya for Kids - Bizet Brisbane - Tasmanian Cheese

Travel Briefs

John Crook

History 12th century style
It doesn't get any better,  I'm referring to the stunning Villa Villoresi, that most handsome of Florentine villas. Beautifully located in order for guests to be able to soak up the magic of Florence.
I have had the chance to go visit many stylish properties,- it's all to do with the job.  However, Contessa Cristina Villoresi, with her magical villa,  tops the list.  I stayed but only a couple of nights.  Why, oh why was I in a rush to leave?  Hers is a very special property,- more like an experience. That's why I have no hesitation in being part of the 'family'
If there is interest at your end,   go visit her website,

Kenya for kids
African safari specialist Bench International is offering to carry one child free with every booking of its eight-day Kenya Highlights.  The tour departs Nairobi every week of the year. Travellers visit key Kenyan wildlife attractions, such as the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the flamingos of Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Samburu.  Conditions  so the best thing to do is to check with your local travel agent or ring Bench International on 1300 195 873 or go visit

It pays to be early
If live theatre is part of your routine, then get to the ticket box sooner rather than local.  For instance, Carmen is scheduled for October28 through November 10.  The Georges Bizet will play at the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane during those dates.   At last count the production was  booked solidly. In regional Australia I made a check on the progress of the Arthur Miller production, Death of a Salesman, which is playing in Geelong in August.   Again, there is terrific support for this brilliant slice of drama.  Live theatre is alive and well and not just in the big cities.

Cheese is wicked
Boutique cheese makers, the Wicked Cheese Co has just set up a new tasting house in the lovely historic Tasmanian town of Richmond.   It's open seven days a week. So don't go hungry.  Instead, go Richmond.

* 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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