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The best restaurants in Cairns

While visiting Cairns I found some great places to eat. Setting aside Australia’s relaxed attitude about pretty much everything, we serve up some pretty good grub.

La Fettucina – Italian

This place was by far my favourite restaurant. I decided to put my faith in the waiter, and ask for what she thought was the best dish on the menu, I weas not disappointed.

She recommended the Amatriciana, a delicious combination of tomato, bacon, onion and chilli.

It was the most amazing pasta dish I’ve ever eaten in my life. Paired with the Nero red wine, it complimented the pasta dish perfectly.

La Fettucina make their pasta fresh daily.

Ochre – Australian

Ochre has a unique menu, utilising native Australian bush tucker, they create explosive flavours that complement my mouth perfectly.

With the atmosphere and unique dishes, this was a worthwhile experience.

Their tasting platter is the best way to try multiple dishes on their menu without paying a fortune.

The Davidson plum mousse, macadamia pacoca, lemon myrtle and coconut ice-cream, shown below, was my favourite dish on the menu.

Kanpai – Japanese 

This is a gorgeous sushi restaurant with a tranquil theme.

If you’d like an evening out undisturbed, Kanpai have a self-service system for both food and drinks.

The service was prompt and they were willing to make changes on request.

Please note it may look like a massive floppy dildo in my hand, in fact it tasted delicious.

My friend decided it would be funny to request 2 servings rolled into one.

Regardless of the size and girth of my sushi roll it was tasty.

Prawn Star – Seafood

This unique restaurant is located right on the water at Marina Point.

If you’re willing to leave your table manners behind when you step on the boat, this is the place for you.

Experience typical Aussie dining, find a seat, order your meal and shout when you need another beer. The seafood was good value for money and the novelty of dining on a boat is fun.

Sweets Planet – Desert

This is a cute little Korean sweets cafe in the middle of town.

This was my first time trying Bing Su and it was refreshing, with a subtle sweetness.

I loved “The Little Prince” paraphernalia decorating the cafe, if you haven’t read the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, I highly recommend it.

Bali Food Travel

Canggu food and coffee scene

Fresh juices, smoothie bowls, vegan options, as well as traditional Balinese cuisine.

This tiny beach town used to be a calm escape from the craziness of Kuta and Legion. I’ll admit, it can still be very calm, however, there are some main areas that are now bustling.

I have always loved the food in Canggu, it has never let me down. These are a few of my favourite places to eat.

BETELNUT CAFE 

Betelnut Cafe is becoming one of the more popular cafes’ in Bali, known for its Nagabombs and Nagabowls.

It is located fairly central to one of the main areas, and has a rustic cafe scene.

Stop in for breakfast, it’s one of my most favourites.

IN THE RAW BALI

This is where you will find some more delicious build-your-own smoothie bowls.

The options for fresh cold pressed fruit juices, smoothies and snacks are endless.

This is the place to go for your raw food fix.

NUDE CAFE 

Nude is a day-to-night cafe, with quality organic tastes and friendly vibes.

They have delicious breakfast, super salad bowls, wraps, burgers, coffees, juices and smoothies.

It’s the perfect place to catch the first morning light, with a view over the rice paddies.

LA LAGUNA

A magical restaurant to visit, and one of the best locations in Canggu to watch the sun set.

After dinner, take a wonder down to the beach. Or walk through their gardens and have a tarot reading done.

DANDELION

Dandelion is a cafe, restaurant and shop all in one.

They serve a variety of traditional Balinese dishes, and you can choose to eat inside or outside in their beautiful garden.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get to spot some of the pet rabbits hopping around.

Also, check out my post on where to stay in Canggu.

Travel United States of America

The Most Amazing Experience in Arizona

I was lucky enough to have a friend that skydives for a hobby.

I am even luckier to have had this jump organised, and I appreciate everyone that jumped with me. It was truly amazing.

Thank you to Skydive Arizona in Eloy for the amazing jump.

If you are interested in skydiving I cannot recommend these guys enough.

They are super friendly, and make sure you feel safe and secure letting you know what’s happening every step of the way.

Check out their website. You can also check out the Sky Venture Arizona website for information on the wind tunnel.

If you have thought about skydiving, but don’t think you have the stomach for it.

I highly recommend jumping in the wind tunnel, I guarantee you will want to skydive afterwards.

Happy skydiving 🙂

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Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is a beautiful park in Utah that can be experienced by anyone. Most of the park can be seen by car or shuttle bus.

If you have the energy for it, you can walk some of the beautiful hiking trails. One of its most famous is Angel’s Landing, which is quite a strenuous hike.

We were a little put off by the number of people when taking the shuttle, as well as the number of people hiking to Angel’s Landing, so we decided to do something a little different.

We drove the Zion Park Scenic Byway, and found some magical places with very little people around. Here are a few things you can find along the scenic byway:

Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs are rock carvings made by pecking directly on the rock surface using a stone chisel and a hammer stone. Random fact, rock paintings are called pictographs.

To find the petroglyphs travel down the byway you pass through two tunnels, one that is quite lengthy and a second shorter tunnel.

When you pass the second small tunnel, drive approximately 1.4 miles past it ,and you will see a small stone wall on the left; continue, to find a wooden fence on your right with a parking bay.

You can park by the wooden fence and walk back to the stone wall, just off the road behind it you will find a tunnel that passes under the road.

Don’t walk through the tunnel, if you stay on the stone wall side of the tunnel and walk you will find the petroglyphs. 

It is indicated that humans have occupied Zion for 7000 years. The age of the petroglyphs is unknown but could date back this long as well. 

I hope that people treat these with respect, as the more they are touched, the faster it is going to be damaged and worn down.

There is a barrier set around the carvings, and the petroglyphs really are beautiful to see.

I hope it will continue to be treated with respect and be preserved for many years more.

If you wonder through the small canyon here, you will find some beautiful walks and rock formations.

Wearing a pair really great approach shoes with climbing rubber on the soles, it will make it a lot easier to walk and scramble through the sandstone rock formations.

Small Slot Canyons

Continuing on past the wooden fence, to the next parking bay on the right. Here you’ll find some beautiful small slot canyons, and an approach to a climbing route just off the road.

Walking down off the road will bring you to a tunnel that runs underneath, you can walk through to the other side and find more crevices to explore.

It’s easy to wonder off and make your way back, you can always hear cars driving by. But, I promise you won’t find anywhere near as many people in this area.

Please experience the park in all its natural beauty and respect it. There is no place for graffiti or rubbish in Zion National Park.

Crystals and Gems

I absolutely love crystals and gems. When driving into Zion National Park you will find multiple gem shops scattered down the main street.

Even if you don’t want to invest in any, I highly recommend stopping in to have a look around at their spectacular pieces.

The prices are fair, and the shop owners are really friendly.

Food Lifestyle Travel

Coffee of the World

I absolutely love coffee, and one of the best parts about travelling is trying all the different coffees of the world.

These are just some of my favourites so far. I know I will continue to add to this post the more I travel. Check back in for updates.

1. Greece

Try a Freddo Cappuccino or Freddo Latte in Thessaloniki, Greece.

2. Thailand

Some sweet treats with a delicious coffee – Chiang Mai, Thailand.

3. Bali

Delicious organic coffee at Nude Cafe in Canggu, Bali.

Get yourself an amazing smoothie bowl, and fresh coffee; at In the RAW, Canggu, Bali.

4. United Kingdom

Find some of the most delicious macaroons, and sweets at Ladurée; Harrods, London, UK.

5. Vietnam

Experience real Vietnamese coffee. One of my favorite places to go is Trâm cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. However, you can find this coffee all over Vietnam.

6. Australia

I absolutely adore the coffee at Besser Kitchen and Brew Bar in Darwin, Australia.

Their food is also ah-mazing!

I had to put these guys on the list, flowers for breakfast and some of the best coffee in Melbourne at The Kettle Black.

7. Japan

This coffee can only be found in Straw Hat cafe in the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Hence the hat decor on the coffee.

This place was cute and a must for the Studio Ghibli fans. Admittedly it was a little over crowded and the wait time is quite excessive.

Lifestyle Travel

Lessons learnt – first time traveling

1. Let your bank know you’re travelling overseas

This is one that is easily forgotten, and the most important.

It’s not fun when you travel overseas, and the ATM swallows your card. You may be lucky enough to only be locked out of your account, and still have your card, but, then you have the headache of overseas phone charges to reinstate your access.

So always notify your bank when you’re travelling, you can do this through your online banking or visiting you bank.

2. Always carry a pen

Trust me! You will thank me when you get to skip the huge line for the 2, to 3 pens they provide at airport security.

When you’re trying to get through border security at some ridiculous hour, or when multiple flights have landed at the same time.

The last thing you want to do is wait even longer than you have just for a pen.

3. Exchange some cash

Not everybody does this, and if you’re able to confirm that there is a currency exchange at the airport, then you don’t need to exchange money beforehand.

I will always exchange a little cash just in case, to cover a taxi ride or something to eat.

Many of the smaller airports don’t actually have a currency exchange, so it’s always good to check. 

 4. Bank fees and travel cards

I have spoken to a lot of people who don’t bother when it comes to bank fees. Others haven’t been aware of it, and some only ever use cash.

It is a good idea to find out what fees your bank charges for using your card overseas.

An alternate option is to get a travel card. You can load money onto a travel card through bank transfers, although, this usually takes a couple business days to go through.

You can pick these up at post offices, travels agents and even some airlines have them incorporated into their loyalty programs.

5. Unlock your phone

So many phone providers advertise great plans for overseas travel and international phone calls.

So far, I have found them all to be expensive. I’ve always found the best value for money in buying a SIM card locally. Especially when you need data for maps, and staying connected with home.

Most large airports now sell local SIM cards, and assist with setting them up on your phone.

6. Don’t buy pretty passport covers

When I first started travelling I was unaware that it’s actually a requirement for border security, in all countries to see the front and back of your passport, to confirm its authenticity.

After I’d reached my third airport in Europe I tossed my passport cover, because, it just became a nuisance.

Don’t waste your money, unless you’re willing to take it out, each time you visit airport security.

7. Always pay attention to Where your Luggage Is

While travelling with newbie travellers I’ve realised that, even though it’s mentioned repeatedly at the airports, not everyone is aware that you can’t leave your bag unattended.

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your luggage when people are handling it, or where possible, avoid allowing someone else to handle your luggage. Unless they are airport security or staff.

Call me paranoid but have any of you heard about Shappelle Corby?

I know we are all unsure whether she did it or not, but, if you don’t keep an eye on your luggage anything could happen.

You don’t want a federal officer interrogating you at an airport, because, you left your luggage unattended.

8. Smart traveller

Smart traveller is a handy website to become familiar with, it will provide you with advice on the safety or risk of particular countries, and advise when any major event or catastrophe has occurred.

For travellers that are Australian citizens. You can also use this website to register your travel dates, and provide your emergency contact details, to assist in the event of a catastrophe or major event while you’re overseas.

9. Vaccinations

As well as looking after your health, some countries actually won’t let you enter unless you’ve had certain vaccinations.

You can look this up online, but the best way to know what vaccines you need, is to go and see your doctor.

Your doctor will be able to tell you the health requirements, and risks for your travel destination.

 10. Visa Requirements

You should always check if you require a visa for any country that you travel to.

Depending on your citizenship this will vary for each traveller.

I usually do this by looking online for visa requirements. When applying for a visa, always make sure that you are on that country’s government website.

Alternatively, if you’re unsure there are visa assistance services, or if you’ve booked through a travel agent they will be able to assist.

Most countries will either have a basic visa for travellers on holiday with a return flight, or you can just get your visa on entry into the country.

Health Lifestyle Travel

The Ultimate Post Travel Detox

The more I travelled, the more I found myself finding it harder and harder to get over that jet lag, avoid sickness when I came home and just found myself completely exhausted. I started asking around and a friend of mine introduced me to some amazing detox products. And a bonus for me was that they aren’t tested on animals, they have a responsible and sustainable approach and their packaging is both BPA free and recyclable. Which ticks all the boxes in my book.

During our travels we tend to absorb a lot of toxins; especially in Asian countries or when travelling through industrial areas. I found the polluted air in Hong Kong, the dust and exhaust fumes from tuk tuk’s in Thailand or even places like the London Tube were causing me to feel horrible by the end of my trip. Then I started detoxing and I have never felt better.

The Benefits of Detoxing

  • Reduce selling from the constant travel, sitting down and flying.
  • Boosts your immune system.
  • Assists to avoid sickness after travelling.
  • Helps to get over jet lag faster.
  • Boost your energy levels.
  • Assists with your digestion, especially after eating plane food. You all know what I mean.

What you need to do to Detox

Eat Clean

  • It is recommended but not required to reduce Gluten, Dairy and Fried Foods for the best benefits while detoxing.
  • Try to avoid white grains and starchy carbs where possible.
  • Eat more fresh produce. Foods such as asparagus, artichoke, lemon, tumeric, beets, ginger, cabbage, garlic, avocados and parsley are all great to help the body detox.

Lifestyle changes

Extra gentle exercise, if you aren’t already exercising. It is only recommended to do a little more than what you already do. Such as walking, you can do this by trying to keep up you 10,000 steps a day. Yoga and pilates are also great while detoxing, and helps to stretch out those kinks after flying. Intense exercise is not required.

The Detox (The Best Part)

Mineral Drink

  • Your body needs minerals, they are important for building strong bones, teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function, muscle and for metabolic processes such as those that turn the food we eat into energy
  • It is sourced from the Alpine Moore Biomass in Austria.
  • Because trace minerals get taken out during the refinement process of your foods this this is a simple and effective way to include plant derived phytonutrients in the diet.

Green Qi – Super Greens

  • This product contains Spirulina, Chlorella and Kale. It blends marine greens with fruit and berry extracts, herbs and grasses to help you balance your diet.
  • It assists to alkalise and detoxify your body.
  • It gives you loads of energy!!!
  • Great for when you don’t get enough vegetables in your diet. I even like to travel with this one where I can to help keep me going and boost my immune system.

Super Symbiotic Probiotic

  • Your gut microbiome can be thrown out of whack when you consume alcohol, too many processed or fatty food, antibiotics or even oral contraceptives.
  • This probiotic is 80 times stronger than other products available.
  • Microbiome gut bacteria needs to be in check to assist with healthy digestion, especially after you have been binge eating or subjected to plane food.
  • Probiotics can also assist with weightloss, mental health, increase energy, improve your skin and help your immune system.

Antioxidant

  • Curcumin, grape seed and ginkgo work with your body’s natural systems to help remove excess free radicals.
  • It counteracts the effects of free radical oxygen molecules by giving up an electron, effectively neutralising the potentially damaging molecule.
  • This one is fantastic when you have been travelling to countries with loads of air pollution.

Multivitamins and Botanicals

  • A great addition to your diet when your dietary intake is inadequate. However you should not rely on this to replace a balanced diet.
  • Assist with your energy levels, loaded with your B vitamins.
  • Helps to boosts your immune system.
  • Can assist with maintaining health normal blood with folic acid and vitamin B12.

Liver Health

  • Assists with cleansing your liver of fats.
  • Assists to detox your liver, especially after you’ve been drinking a lot of those cheap cocktails on your trip.
  • Helps your liver to metabolise and balance your hormones.

Anti Inflammatory

  • This product contains celery Seed extract.
  • A fantastic natural supplement to assist fluid retention, especially after you have been flying.
  • Helps the bloating and inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Also assists to improve stiff sore joints and gout.

If you find that you don’t need a full detox there is also the option to buy products individually and do a mini detox. Or  you can choose what products will benefit you the most. The mini detox consists of your Mutivitamins and Botanicals, Green Qi, Probiotic and the Mineral Drink. You can find these amazing products if you follow the links below; when you use promo code 518948 you will get a sweet discount or $$$ dollars to spend on your first order which is awesome!

See the following links for each country that Modere ship to; Australia, USACanadaUK and EuropeJapanHong KongKoreaTaiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore

I hope this information was useful, please feel free to get in contact with me if you want support, or more information.

I would love to hear how your detox journey goes.

Happy Detoxing friends.

Art DIY Tours Spain Travel

The Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres

If you’re interested in art, surrealism or you are inspired by Salvador Dali’s work I highly recommend visiting his Theatre Museum in Figueres. You can get to Figures by the Renfe Train which takes about 2 hours from Barcelona. Barcelona is a beautiful city and a piece of architectural art in itself, but Dali’s museum is unlike any museum you would have ever seen before and is worth the trip. If you don’t want to stay in the beautiful city of Figueres, you can easily spend a day here and make your way back to Barcelona.

This museum is an amazing museographical model created by Dali’s specific design to enhance the semantic possibilities of his creations. It is a space that is full of impressions, authenticity and provocations that manage to captivate the interest of all of it’s visitors. The Dali Theatre Museum opened it’s doors in 1974 and was the location of the first Exhibition of Dali’s life. It was only fitting for him to build his Museum here; in his hometown and place of birth.

When you arrive at the Figueres Renfe Train station you will find it very easy to make your way to the museum, it is also quite hard to miss the stunning geodesic cupola pictured above. There are street signs that help direct you and I recommend getting there earlier as it is common to get stuck in the long lines.

Wonder around the city if you have time, Dali’s sculptures are also scattered around the city.  If you are lucky enough the local street market might be running, selling some amazing foods.

As you walk into the museum you will be greeted by the impressive central Courtyard is the old stalls section of the Theatre. It is dominated by the vertical installation and imposing Cadillac called Rainy Taxi. From the courtyard going up the ramp we reach the space under the Cupola.

As you work your way through the labyrinth you will come to Treasure Room upholstered in red velvet, this room contains some of the most important works in the Dali Museum.

You will then be lead through to the Fishmongers’ crypt where you will pass the feather collage on paper, Head of Beethoven (1973), a large work created by throwing live octopus on paper. Also exhibited is the Christmas Card series produced for the Hoechst company and the series of jewellery that Dali designed. The last room in this section is the crypt overlooked by Salvador Dali’s tomb stone where he is entombed.

Following this you come to the Mae West Room, this is one of the most popular in the Theatre where you can take in the three dimensional creation of the Face of Mae West apartment scene. Here you will find installations from floor to ceiling almost a forebear of popart.

Moving to the Second Floor we find a collection of engravings, continuing through to the spiral stairway displaying the Dior fancy dress.  Third Floor we can visit the Masterpieces room collected from different periods and by different artists displays with deliberate chronological disorder. Walk through the corridors and you will find more sculptures, paintings and silhouettes of the characters that appear in his oil paintings.

This will bring you through to the Palace of the Wind, Salvador Dali has a special fondness for this room as it was here in 1919 that he has his first exhibition at fourteen years of age. Sharing this room with two other painters if it dominated by the impressive ceiling painting from which it gets it’s name.

Torre Galatea, the last section in the museum is a more austere space and more in line with typical museum conventions. This is where you will find the optical illusions room. You will also find the shrine room which Dali intended to avoid natural light to create mystery by covering the windows with fabric.

Jewels is the new rooms of the Theatre-museum that displays the collection designed by Dali. The room has been deliberately darkened and each jewel is paired with a splendid preparatory drawing. “The pieces adorned the jewels, were created to please the sight, extol the spirit, awaken the imagination and express convictions. Without a public, without the presence of spectators, these jewels would not fulfill the function for which they were created. The spectator therefore becomes the final artist. Their vision, their heart, their mind; which are fused and captured with greater or lesser understanding that creators intention; gives them life.” – Salvador Dali.