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  1. America’s Historic Hotels by Collette Tours


    Omni Shoreham

    Collette
    has just announced a brand new tour offering travellers a chance to stay in some of America’s most elegant and sought-after hotels. America’s Historic Hotels is on sale now for departures from May 2017 and will feature the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, the Omni Shoreham Hotel, the Tarrytown Hotel Estate, Omni Homestead Resort, Omni Bedford Springs Resort and the Equinox Resort.


    Omni Shoreham Hotel Pool built in 1930

    “We are excited to be able to offer a tour with fantastic ...

    Updated 3rd September 2016 at 12:27 AM by Pation Pics

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    Guided Tours , Toorak Times - Socially Aware , Authors and Contributors , Pation Pics , Travel
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  2. Hanging out in Oxford

    This trip to Lanzarote wouldn’t have been complete without a detour to Oxford to catch up with my oldest friends! Sue Raikes and Adrian Moyes still live in the quaint village of Eynsham, six miles west of Oxford, where I lived back in 84. Introducing them to my travelling companion and publisher, Michelle Lovi was a delight.



    The highlight of the flight was the refuel stopover in Dubai. Just two hours filled with queuing and shuffling about withe the carry on luggage, but it did prove just enough for Michelle to purchase a tin of Chocodates. I had no idea why she was on a mission to buy them until offered a free sample. An almond
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  3. Discover the Grandeur of Downton Abbey with Collette


    To coincide with the new season of the popular British period drama series, Downtown Abby, returning to Australian screens in early 2016, Collette is offering it's guests on it's England’s Treasures and British Landscapes tours the chance to visit the stunning property of ‘Downtown Abbey’ on select departure dates*.

    Built in Jacobethan style, Highclere Castle (otherwise known as Downtown Abbey) estate is located in Hampshire England and boasts 5,000 acres of pastoral beauty and architectural elegance.

    Wandering the hallways and rooms of the castle, furnished extravagantly with gilded
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  4. Kissed by a Deer - a Tibetan Odyssey by Margi Gibb



    Margi Gibb singer/ songwriter / painter and author at Readings Hawthorn for the launch of her book Kissed by a Deer – a Tibetan Odyssey


    ‘It is a story about East and West, a passionate quest for the personal and intellectual truth that only comes through lived experience.

    Gibb’s story gives us amazing places, and wonderful characters, people we come to love and care about despite their failings. In its pages, wisdom searchingly finds its humble roots in the connections of heart, imagination and mind; in the midst of the act of living.'

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  5.  Capture the Castle with Collette

    Dromoland Castle

    Collette
    announces new castle-stay tours.

    Collette has announced two exciting new castle-stay tours ‘France Magnifique’ and ‘Journey Through Southern France’ to add to its current suite of exquisite, luxury castle-stay tours, that includes Irish beauties Bellinghamand Dromoland castles. The new tours are on sale now for May 2016 departure and will feature the sumptuousChateau D’Augerville, fabulousFontevraud L’Hôtel and the historicHotel de la Cité.

    For travellers who dream of walking with princes, courtiers and kings, Collette’s castle-stays make this possible.

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  6. Fear and Woeful Driving in Morocco

    Fear and Woeful Driving in Morocco



    I’d heard some horror tales about bad trips to Morocco. Midnight Express like tales where small time dope deals turn out horribly bad- undercover police stings. Resulting in imprisonment and extortionate demands from crooked cops to drop charges . And a bloke I knew was over powered and sodomized by a carpet dealer in a Medina.
    I picked up a Moroccan travel guide while living in Germany and the opening paragraph read, “Morocco, einmal und genug, oder immer wieder.”

    ‘Morocco, one time and never again or you’ll just keep on returning.’

    My friend Nadine sold me on going, her enthusiasm for the country was infectious [ she’d been before ]. And Ryan ...

    Updated 28th March 2015 at 07:48 PM by Mick Pacholli

    Categories
    Authors and Contributors , Fabrizio Marsani , Travel
  7. Bold New Horizons for Australian Travellers

    by , 16th February 2015 at 09:38 PM (IN TENTS THAWTS - Mick Pacholli)
    Leading US Travel Company launches in Australia


    L-R: James Cartwell, Todd Bridges, Jay Panta, Alison Mead and Christian Leibl-Cote

    Collette, one of the world’s major and most prestigious multi award-winning travel companies with offices in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, has now opened an office in Australia and will officially launch in Sydney on 12 February 2015.


    The Coral Princess

    With a proud history of nearly 100 years’ experience in guided travel, Collette offers 160 escorted tours to destinations ...

    Updated 17th February 2015 at 02:29 PM by Mick Pacholli

    Categories
    Guided Tours , Local Travel , Over Seas Travel , Travel
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