About Charmaine Hallmark

No, I'm not a Travel Guru, but I have loved travelling since I was five years old, and more than love travel... I love to share my experiences... and show you our Wonderful World through my eyes!

Let’s Explore Parga!

By |2019-07-19T10:50:52+00:00July 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

My intention was to relax, look at the views and sit by the pool! But … my excitement grew as I approached the very pretty town of Parga, up the mountainous road hugging the coast. The route was filled with colourful flowers, and as we reached the top, my anticipation rose too! Parga is a quaint Greek harbour town which [...]

Lucerne, the atmospheric city in Central Switzerland

By |2019-06-08T15:02:01+00:00June 8th, 2019|Europe|

Lucerne is perfect if you just have a couple of days to spare. The journey is so easy - a short flight to Zurich, down the escalator to the train station and you are on your way to picturesque Lake Lucerne. The station’s arched front is impressive when you arrive and it has a shopping [...]

Laos

By |2019-05-22T23:41:47+00:00May 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Land locked, and locked away for tens of years – Laos is in a time warp keeping its culture intact. In the North, on the jungle covered mountain slopes, the people wear bright, colourful, traditional dress. In the South, communities wear traditional face tattoos. The cities are small and uncongested. Vientiane, the capital, has a French influence. There are tree [...]

Dunedin and New Zealand’s East Coast

By |2019-04-19T08:52:55+00:00April 17th, 2019|Australia|

It’s often missed for the more famous West Coast or the route through the middle of South Island via the lakes, Wanaka and Tekapo – but the East Coast has a few treasures to share, especially if you are visiting New Zealand for the second or third time. Dunedin is full of life! Young students [...]

Big Wheel Keep on Turning… Proud Mary Keep on Burning…

By |2019-04-19T08:51:53+00:00April 17th, 2019|Australia|

Actually, the words in this song have no bearing at all to the Proud Mary boat that takes us up and down the Murray River in Adelaide! But you just can’t help singing the song out loud! This 3 night/ 4 day trip up river is delightful! Adelaide has plenty of choices if you want [...]

The Garden Route, from Cape Town to Pumba by Hallmark Travel’s client, Marion

By |2019-02-05T23:07:30+00:00February 5th, 2019|Africa, Holidays by our clients|

We had a wonderful time. Flights and transfers went very smoothly, although it is a long flight if you don’t sleep. We enjoyed Winchester Mansions, our hotel in Cape Town, and quickly felt at home. We didn't eat in the restaurant, but had several bar meals which were excellent, and the breakfast buffet was very [...]

Let’s Cruise The Med – in Queen Victoria Style!

By |2019-02-03T13:05:55+00:00February 3rd, 2019|Cruising, Europe|

Apart from the many lovely ports to explore and enjoy on a Mediterranean cruise, Cunard's Queen Victoria makes it fun to stay on board too! I think our 'blog' of pictures tells the whole story! And if we've inspired you to take to the Mediterranean Sea - then please, give us a call and prepare [...]

December 2019 – Indian Ocean

By |2019-01-19T21:35:26+00:00December 31st, 2018|Events|

Christmas!  Will it be white? With Reindeer and snow (like Lapland?) Will it be hot and sunny? A beach in Barbados? Will it be a luxury cruise? With everything laid on and included? Will it be adventurous? The Inca Trail in Peru? What will your Christmas be? And we hope it will be us that will help you arrange it! [...]

November 2019 – Thailand and River Cruising

By |2019-01-19T22:54:39+00:00November 30th, 2018|Events|

12 November 2019: Train tracks to Thailand: From Bangkok to the Golden Triangle, we take you on a timeless journey         26 November 2019: Tales of the River Bank - River cruising all over the world, what's the appeal and are you missing out?     Our travel evenings are at the office and start at 6pm - hopefully we've [...]

What happens in Vegas … by Sally Cole

By |2018-11-27T22:44:58+00:00November 27th, 2018|Holidays by our clients|

I flew Virgin Atlantic to Las Vegas and although it was a long journey the hostesses were superb and treated us very well. I stayed in two hotels during my trip. My first was The Westgate. The first thing I saw as I walked in was all those shiny glitzy slot machines winking at me! [...]