• Wolgan Valley – Revisited

    Cities: Blue Mountains, New South Wales

    I was fortunate to visit Wolgan (located west of Sydney, Australia about 3 hour’s drive) the day before it opened in 2009, and spent a couple of hours with Joost Heymeijer (the General Manager) who showed me around, beaming with delight as he had been since ground breaking so everything that was there, Joost organized! Continue Reading

    August 28, 2011 • Australia, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 3914

  • Corfu, Greece, Our first Villa Experience!

    Cities: Athens, Greece; Corfu, Greece

    This July, we all left Philly heading to Athens, Greece. My wife Linda, 4 of my children, Lianda, Ian II, Lorianna and Dilan and Ian’s girlfriend Kristen. We landed and headed to the Grand Bretagne in the city and checked in to our suites and rooms overlooking the Syntagma Square and Parliament buildings. We arrived right after the demonstrations that had been occurring, but they were contained to an area and heavily secured by the local police teams. It is a beautiful city – a great walking city, which we immediately embarked on. Continue Reading

    August 28, 2011 • Bloggers, Europe, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 21257

  • Australia May/June 2010

    Cities: Outback South Australia, Lord Howe Island

    Flinders Ranges, Australia May 2010
    After record rainfall in the Outback of South Australia, the ranges were bursting with lush plant life. Far from the usual red desert, abundance of green was evident, and only enhanced the dramatic scenery of the Flinders Ranges and the National Park. Continue Reading

    June 7, 2010 • Australia, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 4042

  • A Fijian Escape – Part Two

    Cities: Wakaya Club

    As we check in at Nadi airport at Air Wakaya we are met by the airport representative of the Wakaya Club and Spa.

    David Gilmour created the fantasy island 20 years ago and it has been the resort of choice for many famous and intrepid Americans searching for paradise, since then. Mainly marketed by word of mouth, it has always has the intrigue of something very special. Continue Reading

    May 21, 2010 • Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr, South Pacific Islands • Views: 4284

  • A Fijian Escape – Part One

    Cities: Likuliku Island Resort & Spa

    We left San Francisco on board Air New Zealand’s 747 in their Premier Business Class section. The seats are in a “herringbone” configuration on either side of the plane facing towards the windows in the forward part of the plane and then facing outwards, side by side in the middle. The service was fantastic with very attentive and social flight attendants. Sleeping was easy on board for this night time flight to Auckland. Continue Reading

    May 19, 2010 • Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr, South Pacific Islands • Views: 3948

  • Botswana and Zimbabwe May 2010

    Cities: Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

    It had been a couple of years since I had ventured into the wilds of Botswana, and many more years since stepping into Zimbabwe.


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    May 11, 2010 • Africa, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 3675