The Hunter Valley In 12HRS

It’s famous for its Wine Tasting and fine cheese, the “‘Hunter Valley” Region, located North of Sydney is a must do (If you haven’t already). I was a tad late, so I finally got to see it over the Weekend, with only a day to see all. Here are some of my recommendations (trust me when I say, you’ll thank me later).

TIP #1: For Breakfast, head to ‘Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen’ Restaurant – it opens at approx. 8 am, get there early so you can pick your outdoor seat overlooking vineyards, gorgeous and delicious food might I add.

TIP #2: If you enjoy a Fine Dine experience pre-book ‘Muse Restaurant’ for lunch or dinner. Highly rated so pick the three-course meal (you might as well), and they will surprise you with few additional small dishes.
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TIP #3: In terms of activities, there are experiences you could do such as Hot Air Balloon or Helicopter Rides, but it’s not for all. On a pleasant sunny day, the ‘Hunter Valley Gardens‘ are a must see. An entry fee of $29 allows you entry for an approximate 2 hour walking self-tour to discover the themed sections of the garden. My favourite by far is the Storybook, I’ll forever be a kid at heart.
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TIP #4: Wine, wine and more wine, yes. With limited time, here are the two I recommend:

The first Winery is called “Keith Tulloch Wines” – you pay a small $5 fee to taste 8 ranges of wines whilst being seated. This takes about 35-40 minutes and you also get to enjoy a beautiful lookout of vineyards.

The second is the famous ‘Audrey Wilkinson‘ Winery, it’s known for its wine and spectacular hill views overlooking the Hunter Valley (a good spot for those that like taking pictures). It’s also a small $5 tasting fee, however; it’s a standing bar tasting and takes about 25 – 30 min. For large groups, perhaps booking in advance would be good idea.

TIP#5: For my fellow cheese lovers, visit the ‘Hunter Valley Cheese Factory‘, you can select the cheeses you’d like to try out or alternatively pick their pre-selected board priced at $8 pp which has 5 pres-selected options.

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FINAL TIP: Plan accordingly, there’s not too much to do past 5 pm. If you’re staying for more than a day I would recommend heading to a supermarket or a local store and buying some snacks to enjoy at your hotel, maybe some wine and cheese from your daily visits.

There are few other standout places like the ‘Muse Kitchen’ and ‘Enzo Cafe’, but I’ll get to them next time. If you’ve been, what do you recommend?

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A ‘Hensy’ Week in Japan!

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Relationships are everything. As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” and never this has been truer. I’m friends with a group of besties who joined me on a trip that I considered a distant plan in my future.

We took on Japan!

First stop was #KYOTO – a simplistic, spiritual and delicate city. Luckily, we made it in time for the Cherry Blossom season so the place was covered in pink and white flower petals. The best thing to do is walk around the town, visit temples, and don’t forget your camera, you’ll love photographing random Geisha’s walking around.

What not to do? don’t be loud (the neighbours will tell you to lower your voice down in your own apartment) & don’t be too spontaneous with your food adventures, walk in restaurants have generally 3 seats and can’t cater for seven Middle Eastern super #Hangry monsters at the same time.

The second and final stop was #TOKYO, yas. A jumbo Time Square, but bigger and in my opinion even better. It’s buzzing day and night, chaotically ordered, and by far one of the cleanest mid cities I’ve ever seen.
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There’s much to do in Tokyo – great atmosphere, expensive high-end shopping, plenty of food options, fun themed restaurants, clubs, and highlight was definitely the karaoke bar room, hilarious when you are with a gang of not so vocally talented females trapped in a room with sound proof walls and loud tunes. Other things to do *blank*.

Also recommended you try and hop on the Bullet Train – something to do between cities.

Apart from the travel and discovery part, I’m eternally greatful for the love, time and efforts spent to get me to every place and moment. All I had to do was pack a bag, pop a xanny and hop on a plane. Lesson – it’s important to laugh and have fun at your own expense, this ain’t over yet, the best part is yet to come …
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Next Stop | #TOKYO

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Listen up ..

One of the most exciting things to happen is to make your dreams come true, no fluffing, no bull****.  More rewarding in fact is to witness the successes of the leaders around you – to extract their energy in exchange for yours.

Lets talk, Tokyo ..

Home to thirty seven million people plus, the key to sanity is to go with the flow. My squad (no disrespect, but this is my time baby) and I are about to walk the streets in a city that has been on my bucket list ‘essentials’ for a while now. A place where it’s impossible to go hungry or suffer design, art, coffee or shopping withdrawals, need I say more ?!

Leaders I mentioned …

Strong, demanding, assuring, tough and rough and most to the core generous men and women; more of more and none of less.

Flow, what’s that about?

” The crowd is an electric mix of handsome young things and grungier, wizened, creative types”  –  can’t fool them, if you think it’s all over then the joke is on you *sings*.

Colour & ART?

Dance, the music is louder than the sound of your steps. You do know that time has past, is passing and will pass so the rest is whatever. Personally, I’m keen to be in a land where I can be a harajuku girl.

 

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