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An American in Paris

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In this episode of Journeys to Come, Catriona Rowntree sits down with her Oracle of Paris, Michael Erwin from the Victoria Palace Hotel. Following their first chat in Paris, Catriona and Michael catch up in Melbourne to talk about "the Paris you don't always get to see". Tune in to discover where to get the best soufflé and the places to discover true Parisian fashion. Journeys ...

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Made for Spain and Madrid

From banker to luxury concierge in Spain and Portugal

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In this episode of Journeys to Come, Catriona Rowntree uncovers the best places to visit in Spain and Portugal. Her guest is Virginia Irurita, the owner of Made for Spain & Portugal. Catriona asks Virginia about her journey from a banker to a luxury concierge. She says: "when we travel we want to take something back with us". Tune in to ...

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Plitvice Lakes

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day travellers! If you want to go all out this year, then book a journey to Croatia and visit the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park - your partner will go weak at the knees... I've been to beautiful Croatia twice and have been lucky enough to visit Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb and absolutely loved it all, but ...

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Monday, February 6, 2017

  Óbidos is Portugal’s most romantic village. Its reputation dates back to the 13th century when the honeymooning King Dinis and Queen Isabel loved the enchanting village so much, he presented it to her as a wedding gift. That tradition lasted 600 years. Every Queen of Portugal was presented with Óbidos as part of her dowry. Some ...

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Portugal Part II

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

If you missed part one, click here to read. Next on the list of Portugal’s must-see places was Óbidos, the epitome of a relaxed, easy going village. When Queen Isabel passed through Óbidos in 1282 and marvelled at its beauty, her husband King Denis I simply gave the entire town to her. For many centuries after, kings ...

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Portugal is a European gem that has filled history books for centuries. The tiny nation’s visionaries made enormous contributions towards creating and shaping the New World. I was full of excitement at the prospect of visiting this wonderful little country with Scenic, sailing the sun-drenched waterways of the Douro Valley on a Scenic Space-Ship, with the added ...

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