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!

Bhutan – the Land of Happiness

By |2019-12-12T17:06:45+00:00December 12th, 2019|Asia|

Far, far away – beyond the rivers, before the mountains – there is a country, a kingdom, a place like a fairytale, where lies stories of demons, devils and deities. Stories of their battles, where good always overcomes evil. The skies here are clear blue, just like the rivers. Temples and castles perch on hillsides [...]

A Different Angle on Vietnam – our recommended tours

By |2019-10-15T14:53:32+00:00October 15th, 2019|Asia|

Cho Lon Saigon, a Photogenic Experience - Visiting the historic district of Cho Lon and getting a chance to see the backstreets and local life. This tour is for all photography aficionados. Beginner level or advanced photographer: this tour will bring you to the best spots at the right time of the day for you [...]

Norway’s Fjords and Mountains

By |2019-11-30T15:54:31+00:00October 15th, 2019|Cruising, Europe|

But when the start is the sight of the most beautiful RMS Queen Mary 2 transatlantic ocean liner in dock at Southampton – beckoning and welcoming you to board and sail away with her to the fjords and mountains of Norway – the excitement is just unbearable! So come on, let’s go! Our first couple [...]

Thailand’s Islands

By |2019-08-20T11:31:27+00:00August 17th, 2019|Asia|

Thailand’s Islands Thailand’s Islands are very different, some are good for families, others for seclusion and romance – the weather is quite different from one island to another too. There the differences end! All the Islands are beautiful – with beautiful sunsets and sweeping, sandy beaches fringed with swaying palm trees. Just like the picture [...]

Let’s Explore Parga!

By |2019-08-20T11:33:42+00:00July 19th, 2019|Europe, 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 [...]


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 |2019-08-31T14:10:37+00:00April 17th, 2019|New Zealand|

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 [...]