Sydney, the Stockholm down under

After spending some time in Sydney we both felt like we where back in Stockholm during summertime. Parks, coffee places and people drinking wine and beer for “after work” everywhere. More importantly, all the boats and water. A sence of new money directly related from 20 years of growth and increased housing prices. No real …

Rockstars on the boat

The girls have maintained somewhat of a celebrity status onboard this ship. Over a thousand passengers and staff know their names and greet them constantly. When we enter elevators, guests seem a little starstruck overly finally getting a chance to chat with children. Olivia who is normally the social butterfly is even getting tired of …

Making toys in Vanuatu

After a poor nights sleep we set foot at Port Vila on Efate, our first stop of two in the country Vanuatu. The sun was already warm and we were welcomed by aggressive taxi drivers. Melissa had prebooked a tour to see some island history and the Mele Cascades (waterfalls). At our first stop we …

Friendly Fiji

Our first Fiji experience was at the largest city with a population of about 45,000 people. It was not the image of Fiji of wonderful islands that Westerners seem to have, but more similar to any tropical place. After visiting a crowded fruit and vegetable market, we decided to take a taxi out to a …

A fluttery welcome to Lifou

We were greeted by hundreds, maybe thousands of black and white butterflies as we stepped off the boat at Easo, Lifou. This is supposedly a once-a-year occurrence that happens only on mating day. Highly unlikely that our ship designed its itinerary around this! (Look carefully at the picture above. The flurry black dots,primarily in the …

New Caledonia, France in the Pacific Ocean

Our first stop on “The Islands” is Noumea, New Caledonia. A country discovered by the British but soon claimed by the French. It played an important roll for the Allies during WWII and is the largest single landmass of the pacific islands we will be visiting. The first thing that struck me while entering NC …

Traveling with Allergies

Traveling with kids? Easy. Mealtime with kids? Not easy. Mealtime with kids — with allergies — while travelling? Nearly impossible. Kid #1 – Highly allergic to tree nuts, including pine nuts which is found in pesto. She’s a picky eater that doesn’t want anything spicy or any visible bits of tomato, onion or cabbage. Kid …

Mellow Melbourne

Yet another sea day has passed since we got to experience the Tasmanian wildlife and we are finally in Melbourne. After taking the tram from the port to the city, the intense pulse you find in metropolitan cities embraced us. Melbourne is a cool city, sort of the Barcelona of Australia. So far, in my …

Devils do exist!

After 3 long days at sea we finally set foot in Tasmania. The first day at sea was spent exploring the wonderful NZ fjordlands. Even if one has seen the Norwegian fjords, the NZ ones differ quite significantly and one should not exclude the other in terms of visitation. The other two sea days were …

Bright Star

It has been confirmed. The average age on the cruise ship is 74! Even higher than we thought. Traveling with our small kids that have their whole life in front of them and yet surrounded by people that have lived most of it kind of makes you think. When you are no longer lowering the …