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Santorini is my number one destination in the world! Not only because Basil and I got married there (although this is going to be an amazing excuse to get back, obviously) or because I am of Greek decent. Remove all of these factors and you have a breathtaking island that well - takes your breath away. Quite literally too. But I'll get to this a little later! Sun-drenched shores, ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see, quaint little cobblestone pathways, white washed and pastel buildings, endless archways, amazing sunsets, relaxed balmy nights and not to mentioned the incredibly fresh seafood. Could you really ask for more in the one location?! Everywhere you turn you are in an ongoing...

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Staycation Numéro Due: Sage Hotel

It's no secret that Julio's Italian is a favourite of mine, selecting the venue for the La Primavera event mid last year. Channeling a Mediterranean mood, contrasting white washed walls, exposed brick and charm fill the light filled and newly restored heritage building that is Julio’s. With it’s stained wooden floor boards, intricate archways, modern lighting and character mantle pieces it's hard not to fall in love with the place! Built in 1902 as the Walsh family home, the breathtaking architecture, interior and atmosphere makes for a one of a kind experience, that which is both refined and relaxed at the same time. But what you may not know, is that with the renovation came a newly built hotel attached to...

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10 Days in New Zealand: The Real Middle Earth

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde  It was three hours until we put aside all responsibility and boarded a plane to escape to the real middle earth to experience a string of wildly unexpected places, to build a collection of memories we would keep with us a lifetime. They say travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, and it has rung true for me now, more than ever before. We were oblivious to what was before us and with heads filled with little expectation, a suitcase spilling with items that were hardly thought about, and an itinerary that was barley existent, we boarded a...

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