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!

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 [...]

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 |2019-08-31T14:10:37+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 [...]

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 – River Cruising with AMA Waterways and Thailand

By |2019-09-21T11:43:20+00:00November 30th, 2018|Africa, Australia, Belmond, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Cruising, Europe, Events, Holidays by our clients, Indian Ocean, Latest at Hallmark, Middle East, New Zealand, Others, South America, UK, Uncategorized, USA, Window Cards, Wonderful Rail Journeys|

12 November 2019: An afternoon with AMA Waterways and a glass of wine at Kingscote Vineyard - River cruising all over the world, what's the appeal and are you missing out?  AMA will host our afternoon at 2pm with an insight to the worlds beautiful rivers and your views from your luxury cabin to watch it all go by! Kingscote [...]